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Tokyo, March 05, 2013
Two New Concept Vehicles Reveal Future Direction for Mitsubishi Motors at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show
- Vision for future embodied by diesel-hybrid pickup and next-generation all-electric compact -
TOKYO, March 5, 2013 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) unveiled the MITSUBISHI Concept GR-HEV*1 and the MITSUBISHI Concept CA-MiEV*2 concept models at the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show*3 today. In addition to the world debut of these two concept models, which embody MMC's unique next-generation advanced technology known as @earth TECHNOLOGY, MMC will put on display a total of 15 models (nine on press day), including the Space Star (Mirage in other markets), which launched in European markets this February, as well as the Outlander PHEV, which is scheduled for sequential release starting this July.
With the theme of driving pleasure towards a sustainable future for everyone, MMC has pushed ahead on automobile manufacturing that aims to contribute to environmental responsibility, deliver driving pleasure, and provide toughness and safety, under MMC's tagline Drive@earth. @earth TECHNOLOGY expresses MMC's next-generation advanced technologies that achieve the intent behind Drive@earth.  
These technologies include:
   -    MMC's electric vehicle (EV)*4 technology
   -    Technologies to reduce fuel consumption (high-fuel efficiency gasoline engines, "clean diesel")
   -    MMC's traditional 4WD technology and integrated vehicle dynamics control systems
   -    S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control, which provides a balance between driving stability and ultimate driving pleasure)
   -    RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) enhanced collision-safety body,
   -    Advanced preventative safety technologies such as ACC, FCM, LDW*5,
All provide support for safe and comfortable driving. MMC will use @earth TECHNOLOGY tagline around the world.
The MITSUBISHI Concept GR-HEV and the MITSUBISHI Concept CA-MiEV, which will be presented at the Geneva International Motor Show, represent the embodiment of @earth TECHNOLOGY.

*1: GR: Grand Runner. Represents powerful driving through grand and magnificent lands with advanced technology.
*2: CA: Compact and Advanced technology - the combination of advanced EV technology and next-generation compact packaging.
*3: For more information, please visit (English).
*4: Including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and other electric-powered vehicles.
*5: ACC: Adaptive Cruise Control System, which enables the maintenance of a safe distance from the preceding vehicle even when traffic is congested; FCM: Forward Collision Mitigation System, which provides support for mitigating damage or avoiding collisions through the automatic braking, enabled when the distance with the preceding car shrinks suddenly; LDW: Lane Departure Warning System, which draws the attention of the driver through an alarm when the vehicle appears to be deviating from its lane while driving.
The MITSUBISHI Concept GR-HEV is a Sport Utility Truck (SUT) concept that brings about further enhancements in environmental and driving performance. Its development is founded upon the combination of sedan- or SUV-like comfort levels and the pickup truck functionalities of the highly-acclaimed Triton.
The exterior design sets it well apart from conventional pickup trucks, combining flowing lines with richly contoured surfaces to achieve a combination of suppleness and power. It also provides excellent aerodynamic capabilities without compromising the functional elements of a pickup truck, making it extremely capable of supporting the most active lifestyles, in both leisure and work. The premium quality of the vehicle is brought out through the diamond motif applied to the DRL*6, LED headlamp system, and LED rear combination lamp system. Stylish aluminum air dams mesh seamlessly with the vehicle's flowing shape, giving appeal to its functional pedigree and safety performance.
An FR*7-based diesel-hybrid system has been adopted for the powertrain. With a reduction of CO2 emissions during drive to levels of 149 g/km or below this vehicle achieves the highest levels of environmental performance in its class. This superior achievement is attained through a 2.5L "clean diesel" engine that balances motive performance with superb environmental performance, as well as an electric motor HEV system with a high-performance motor and battery.
The drivetrain is a next-generation 4WD system that combines the Super Select 4WD (SS4) system and the S-AWC system. The SS4 drive mode system allows the driver to select four drive modes (2H, 4H, 4HL, 4LL). These modes enable the driver to choose levels of higher fuel-efficient driving or more all-terrain performance for rough roads. The S-AWC system provides advanced control for driving and braking force in all four wheels, thereby ensuring that the vehicle responds faithfully to the driver's intent under various driving conditions. Furthermore, by adding a highly responsive torque control system that enables instant motor response, the vehicle provides both superior driving performance and superb handling that responds faithfully to the driver.
The vehicle is also fitted with an AC power supply system, eliminating the need for carrying power generators on the vehicle, and further enhancing the vehicle's convenience for use in leisure and work situations. High safety performance is also achieved through the ACC, FCM, and LDW advanced preventive safety technology.
*6: DRL: Day-time Running Lamps. Headlamps that light up during the day to alert other cars to the presence of the vehicle, thereby preventing accidents.
*7: FR: Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive.
・ Basic specifications
Length (mm)
Width (mm)
Height (mm)
Wheelbase (mm)
Diesel-hybrid system
 (2.5L clean diesel engine)
Drive system
Super Select 4WD+S-AWC
CO2 emissions
149g/km or below
The MITSUBISHI Concept CA-MiEV concept car gives an indication of the direction MMC (which in 2009 launched i-MiEV, the world's first mass produced electric vehicle), believes EVs will take in the near future.
MITSUBISHI Concept CA-MiEV's supple and vigorous exterior styling draws from the image of an athlete blazing with energy and racing toward the future, expressing the advanced next-generation EV technologies inside it. The design of the headlamps and rear combination lamps is based on the motif of cut diamonds, creating a deep and sophisticated presence.
The facet cut treatment of the wheel spokes, spreading outward from the center of the wheels, makes the wheels sparkle as they turn and emphasize the aesthetic beauty of the vehicle.
The high-efficiency EV system brings together lightweight EV components in an integrated motor, inverter, and charger module that reduces power losses. It also incorporates a full-time regenerative braking system that improves energy recovery rate, as well as a magnetic resonance wireless charging device that enables convenient charging. The system is fitted with a 28kWh high capacity battery. The vehicle combines exhaustive reduction in body weight with improvements in aerodynamic performance, bringing about a cruising range of 300km.
Convenience for the user has also been enhanced. The remote-controlled air-conditioning system and management system for charging and discharging can be linked to smartphones or tablet devices. The vehicle is also equipped with a remote tracking function that captures the vehicle's position using GPS if the vehicle is stolen, and MMC's ECO-drive Assist which helps the vehicle to adapt to the driving environment. Like the MITSUBISHI Concept GR-HEV, the MITSUBISHI Concept CA-MiEV provides a safe and secure electric driving experience, featuring the ACC, FCM, and LDW advanced preventative safety technologies.

・ Basic specifications
Length (mm)
Width (mm)
Height (mm)
Vehicle weight(kg)
Wheelbase (mm)
Battery capacity
Motor output
Drive system
2WD (front-wheel drive)
CO2 emissions
0g/km (on-road emissions)
CD value
3. New Space Star
The Space Star (Mirage in other markets) meets needs for eco-friendly vehicles in advanced countries, as well as for entry-level models in emerging countries. The vehicle concept is based on three pillars of  superior fuel efficiency, affordability, and compactness - which are universal values that consumers seek in a compact car. It was first launched in Thailand, where the production base is located, in March 2012, and thereafter in ASEAN countries, Japan, and Australia. Sequential release in European markets started February 2013.
There has been a growing demand for environmentally friendly cars in Europe with tighter regulations on CO2 emissions. In light of this situation, MMC has succeeded in producing a vehicle with the lowest level of CO2 emissions in its class, at 92g/km (5MT model). This was achieved through a 1.0L, 3-cylinder MIVEC*8 engine that comes with an idling stop function, extensive weight reduction (vehicle weight is 845kg), and reduction in air resistance (CD value of 0.27, based on in-house measurements). The lightweight and compact body brings provides a comfortable and easy-to-drive experience with a tight turning radius. Through high-efficiency packaging that maximizes passenger space, the Space Star ensures sufficient space and comfort for five people.
*8: Mitsubishi Innovative Valve-timing Electronic Control system
4. New Outlander PHEV
The world's first plug-in hybrid SUV that charges itself, the Outlander PHEV represents a fusion of the EV technologies developed by MMC for models such as the i-MiEV, 4WD technologies honed in the Lancer Evolution, and SUV know-how gained from the Pajero (Montero or Shogun in some countries).
Through the all-new plug-in hybrid EV system, the vehicle not only achieves superb fuel efficiency, but also ensures a cruising distance that is on par with that of conventional ICE (internal combustion engine) automobiles.
The vehicle is also equipped with an acceleration performance that is equivalent to that of a comparable vehicle with a larger, more powerful engine, along with a high level of driving stability. These features are achieved through the use of large-capacity batteries, MMC's Twin Motor 4WD System with high-output motors on the front and the rear, and the S-AWC integrated vehicle dynamics control system.
With both quiet and comfortable ride, the new Outlander PHEV provides a comfortable driving experience that is a cut above conventional ICE automobiles.
The new Outlander PHEV was released in Japan at the end of January 2013. It is scheduled to be introduced to European markets gradually starting in July 2013.
5. List of vehicles on display
No. of vehicles on display
Press day
Public Days
Concept car.
Concept car.
Outlander PHEV
Space Star*9
Mirage in other markets.
RVR or Outlander Sport in some markets.
i in some markets
Montero or Shogun in some markets.
Triton in some markets.
Lancer Evolution
Lancer Evolution X (ten) in some markets.
*9: Eight other vehicles will be put on display in the Space Star exhibition corner.
MMC has set up a dedicated website that provides information regarding MMC and the Geneva International Motor Show:

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