Published on March 20th, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Mitsubishi Compact Car To Come To Malaysia
The all new Mitsubishi Global Small Concept is being developed for worldwide consumption. It was developed in Okazaki (Japan) – MMC’s global R&D Center – in less than 2 years, the forthcoming Global Small project is meant to merge all these “eco/compact” requirements into one single package designed as such instead of mere adaptation(s). It will seat 5 adults in comfort and accommodating sufficient luggage space within a retrained footprint (3,74 m length x 1,68 m width): one of the most space efficient in the B-Segment. It will come with all-new petrol 1.0 and 1.2 liter MIVEC powertrains, the application of MMC’s green technology solutions (Auto Stop and Go, Brake energy regenerative system,, etc,…) and fine-tuned aerodynamics as exemplified in the sloping roof line, Mitsubishi’s e-compact can boast sensible level of fuel consumption and therefore emissions well in line with market trends. It will be built at MMC’s dedicated hub of Laem Chabang Industrial Estate in the Chonburi province of Thailand. The forecasted annual volume of 150,000 units (with a possible increase to 200,000 units) will be exported to the ASEAN countries , Japan, North Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America and many other markets around the world. Its Malaysian introduction could spell good sales for Mitsubishi Malaysia if they get the pricing right as it will compete directly with the next generation Perodua Myvi which enjoys a tax incentive for better pricing. An electric/hybrid version will also be developed and with the Hybrid tax incentives further extended, the ‘E’ version could well be a runaway success.