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  1. Mitsubishi's CUVs Lead The Sales Charge In April Outlander Sport and Outlander combined for sales of 5,343 Mirage gains 37.2 percent over previous April with 3,302 sales reported Overall sales for the month report an increase of 17.7 percent over April of 2015 Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) today reported April 2016 sales of 9,674 up 17.7 percent from April of last year and is the best April sales since 2007. The Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport CUVs once again posted strong sales numbers with combined sales of 5,343 up 36 percent over April 2015. Outlander sales of 2,729 are up 118 percent over the previous April. Mirage continued to post solid sales numbers again in April with total sales of 3,302 up 37.2 percent over the same period last year. Mirage was the volume sales leader for the month. "Coming off the heels of a strong first quarter for the brand, the first month of the second quarter continued the momentum with April sales that we haven't seen since 2007," stated Don Swearingen, Chief Operating Officer, MMNA. "Our CUVs continue to be the sales workhorse for the lineup while the subcompact Mirage demonstrates the need for affordable, reliable, and economical, transportation." April YTD 2016 2015 2016 2015 i‐MiEV 6 16 14 31 Mirage 3302 2407 9534 8463 Lancer 1023 1865 6477 7904 Outlander Sport 2614 2674 10312 10561 Outlander 2729 1254 8549 5047 Total 9674 8216 34866 32006
  2. The past couple days have been crazy at Mitsubishi with executives possibly stepping down, the EPA ordering retest of vehicles, and the U.S. branch telling dealers there are no inconsistencies in the tests for the U.S. models. Let's get you up to date. On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) requested details from Mitsubishi on its U.S. vehicle lineup to check for discrepancies. The EPA also requested Mitsubishi to retest their U.S. lineup. A day later, Japanese media reported that Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko and COO Tetsuro Aikawa would resign due to manipulation of fuel economy data. According to Reuters, Aikawa denied these reports. "It's my responsibility and my mission to put the company on track to recovery. Beyond that, I haven't had a chance to even consider" the possibility of resigning, Aikawa said. Reuters also reports that Mitsubishi Motors could be on the hook for almost $1 billion to compensate owners, pay back tax rebates from the government, and other payments. This is according to analysts at Nomura Holdings. Yesterday, Mitsubishi Motors North America said they found no testing problems with vehicles sold in the U.S. between 2013 to now. “Our findings confirm that fuel economy testing data for these U.S. market vehicles is accurate and complies with established EPA procedures,” Don Swearingen, COO of 
Mitsubishi Motors North America told dealers in a letter to dealers. The letter was obtained by Automotive News. Source: Reuters via Automotive News, Reuters, Automotive News (Subscription Required), Mitsubishi Press Release is on Page 2 Mitsubishi Motors North America Statement Regarding Fuel Consumption Testing Data April 27, 2016 Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in Tokyo recently announced irregularities concerning fuel consumption testing data. To confirm that U.S. market vehicles are not affected by this issue, Mitsubishi Motors R&D America, Inc., working together with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, proactively conducted an internal audit of U.S. market vehicles going back several model years to check previously submitted data to the EPA. After a thorough review of all 2013MY – 2017MY vehicles sold in the United States, we have determined that none of these vehicles are affected. Our findings confirm that fuel economy testing data for these U.S. market vehicles is accurate and complies with established EPA procedures. An entirely different system is used for the United States market to determine what the EPA calls Road Load Coefficient, strictly adhering to EPA procedures. The data generated is then independently verified for its accuracy before being submitted to the EPA for their fuel economy testing. MMNA has shared this information with EPA, California Air Resources Board and DOT. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has acted quickly to address this issue and is putting in place a committee of external experts to thoroughly and objectively continue this investigation. The results of the investigation, once completed, will be made public. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is also working closely with the Japanese Government to fully review the implications of this issue, and to discuss potential resolutions.
  3. The past couple days have been crazy at Mitsubishi with executives possibly stepping down, the EPA ordering retest of vehicles, and the U.S. branch telling dealers there are no inconsistencies in the tests for the U.S. models. Let's get you up to date. On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) requested details from Mitsubishi on its U.S. vehicle lineup to check for discrepancies. The EPA also requested Mitsubishi to retest their U.S. lineup. A day later, Japanese media reported that Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko and COO Tetsuro Aikawa would resign due to manipulation of fuel economy data. According to Reuters, Aikawa denied these reports. "It's my responsibility and my mission to put the company on track to recovery. Beyond that, I haven't had a chance to even consider" the possibility of resigning, Aikawa said. Reuters also reports that Mitsubishi Motors could be on the hook for almost $1 billion to compensate owners, pay back tax rebates from the government, and other payments. This is according to analysts at Nomura Holdings. Yesterday, Mitsubishi Motors North America said they found no testing problems with vehicles sold in the U.S. between 2013 to now. “Our findings confirm that fuel economy testing data for these U.S. market vehicles is accurate and complies with established EPA procedures,” Don Swearingen, COO of 
Mitsubishi Motors North America told dealers in a letter to dealers. The letter was obtained by Automotive News. Source: Reuters via Automotive News, Reuters, Automotive News (Subscription Required), Mitsubishi Press Release is on Page 2 Mitsubishi Motors North America Statement Regarding Fuel Consumption Testing Data April 27, 2016 Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in Tokyo recently announced irregularities concerning fuel consumption testing data. To confirm that U.S. market vehicles are not affected by this issue, Mitsubishi Motors R&D America, Inc., working together with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, proactively conducted an internal audit of U.S. market vehicles going back several model years to check previously submitted data to the EPA. After a thorough review of all 2013MY – 2017MY vehicles sold in the United States, we have determined that none of these vehicles are affected. Our findings confirm that fuel economy testing data for these U.S. market vehicles is accurate and complies with established EPA procedures. An entirely different system is used for the United States market to determine what the EPA calls Road Load Coefficient, strictly adhering to EPA procedures. The data generated is then independently verified for its accuracy before being submitted to the EPA for their fuel economy testing. MMNA has shared this information with EPA, California Air Resources Board and DOT. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has acted quickly to address this issue and is putting in place a committee of external experts to thoroughly and objectively continue this investigation. The results of the investigation, once completed, will be made public. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is also working closely with the Japanese Government to fully review the implications of this issue, and to discuss potential resolutions. View full article
  4. Last week, Mitsubishi admitted that it had manipulated fuel economy figures for 625,000 vehicles sold in Japan. But today, the scandal has only grown as the Japanese automaker revealed that it used fuel economy testing methods that were not compliant with Japanese regulations since 1991. Reuters reports that Mitsubishi was compiling data for fuel economy tests using U.S. standards ( focuses on higher-speed, highway driving) and not Japanese standards (focuses more on city driving). Since Mitsubishi has come clean about the manipulation last week, the company has lost half of its market value (about $3.9 billion). This has also brought back memories of a scandal Mitsubishi Motors was embroiled in fifteen years ago with covering up customer complaints and vehicle defects for more than 20 years. Last week, Japanese authorities raided one of Mitsubishi's R&D offices. The Japanese Government has also asked Mitsubishi to submit a report on the manipulation by tomorrow. Meanwhile, U.S. regulators are pressing Mitsubishi to see if any vehicles sold here were involved in the manipulation. Mitsubishi announced that it has brought in three lawyers to conduct an investigation into the scandal. A report is expected in three months. Source: BBC News, Reuters, Mitsubishi Press Release is on Page 2 Tokyo, April 26, 2016 Regarding the Report to MLIT Concerning Improper Conduct in Fuel Consumption Testing of Vehicles Manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation The following is a summary of the report submitted by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) today, pursuant to instructions received from MLIT on April 20 to investigate improper conduct in fuel consumption testing of vehicles manufactured by MMC. Report Summary 1.Background to the improper conduct of MMC mini-car fuel consumption testing data (1) Four grades of the model year 2014 eK Wagon and Dayz (submitted in February 2013) were produced—a fuel-economy grade, a standard grade, a turbo grade and a 4WD grade. During development of the fuel-economy grade, the fuel consumption target, which had initially been 26.4km/l (in February 2011), was revised upward over a series of internal meetings until finally being set at 29.2km/l (February 2013). (2) Driving resistance data were obtained for that fuel-economy grade using a "high-speed coasting test," which differed from the coasting test required by the applicable laws and regulations in Japan. A relatively low value was selected from among the test results for use as the driving resistance value in order to give the appearance of greater fuel consumption. Data for the remaining three grades were calculated without testing based on the data for the fuel-economy grade. (3) The data submitted for the model year 2014 eK Space and Dayz Roox (submitted in October 2013), the model year 2015 eK Wagon and Dayz (submitted in March 2014), the model year 2015 eK Space and Dayz Roox (submitted in December 2014), and the model year 2016 eK Wagon and Dayz (submitted in June 2015) were all calculated without testing based on the data for the model year 2014 eK Wagon and Dayz to achieve the fuel consumption targets. 2. The following is the timeline leading up to the use of the "high-speed coasting test" differing from the test required by the applicable laws and regulations in Japan. We are currently investigating the reasoning behind each of the decisions outlined below. (1) In 1991, the coasting test was designated as the method for testing driving resistance under the Road Transport Vehicle Act, but MMC began testing vehicles for the Japanese market using a different method, the "high-speed coasting test". (2) In January 1992, a method was developed to reverse-calculate coasting time using driving resistance. (3) In January 2001, a test was run that compared the coasting test to the "high-speed coasting test," and the difference in results was found never to exceed 2.3%. (4) In February 2007, the testing manual was updated to add that "TRIAS (i.e., the coasting test) is to be used for DOM (i.e., vehicles for sale in Japan)." Nevertheless, the "high-speed coasting test" continued to be used thereafter. 3. Future direction of investigations (1) While some progress has been made in investigating the events described in sections 1 and 2 above, we will continue to work to discover the causes of this improper conduct and who is responsible. (2) Sufficient investigation has not been made into MMC vehicles other than the mini-cars described above; we plan to submit a separate report after looking into those models. Establishment of Special Investigation Committee In connection with the certification process for the mini-cars manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation ("MMC"), MMC hereby notifies that, yesterday, the board of directors decided to establish a special investigation committee (the "Committee") consisting of only external experts. MMC expresses its most sincere apologies to all of our customers, shareholders, and stakeholders for any inconvenience or concern caused by this occasion. 1: Background for the establishment of the Committee As announced, on April 20, 2016, in the press release titled "Improper conduct in fuel consumption testing on products manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC)," it has been revealed that, in the certification process for mini-cars manufactured by MMC, with respect to the fuel consumption testing data submitted to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism, MMC conducted testing improperly, to present better fuel consumption rates than the actual rates; and that the testing method was also different from the one required by Japanese law (the "Matter"). For the sake of ensuring an objective and thorough investigation into the Matter, MMC has established this Committee in a way such that all members would be external experts independent from MMC. 2: Membership and activities of the Committee i Membership of the Committee The Committee is composed of the members, as follows, who have no conflicts of interest with MMC. Therefore, MMC has recognized no factor that would harm the independence and neutrality of the Committee. Further, MMC is considering appointing experts with technical knowledge to participate in the investigation. Committee Chair: Keiichi WATANABE, Attorney at Law (former Superintending Prosecutor, Tokyo High Prosecutors Office) Committee Member: Yoshiro SAKATA, Attorney at Law Committee Member: Genta YOSHINO, Attorney at Law ii Activities The Committee shall perform the following activities pursuant to MMC's delegation. I Investigation to uncover the facts surrounding the Matter, including review of related documents and data, and interviews with the related people. II Investigation to confirm the existence of other improper conduct similar to the Matter, and uncover the facts, if it does. III Analysis of the cause of the Matter, and a suggestion on measures to prevent recurrence. 3: Schedule moving forward The Committee shall investigate the Matter for about the next three months, and make a report on its results. MMC plans to disclose the report in a timely manner.
  5. Last week, Mitsubishi admitted that it had manipulated fuel economy figures for 625,000 vehicles sold in Japan. But today, the scandal has only grown as the Japanese automaker revealed that it used fuel economy testing methods that were not compliant with Japanese regulations since 1991. Reuters reports that Mitsubishi was compiling data for fuel economy tests using U.S. standards ( focuses on higher-speed, highway driving) and not Japanese standards (focuses more on city driving). Since Mitsubishi has come clean about the manipulation last week, the company has lost half of its market value (about $3.9 billion). This has also brought back memories of a scandal Mitsubishi Motors was embroiled in fifteen years ago with covering up customer complaints and vehicle defects for more than 20 years. Last week, Japanese authorities raided one of Mitsubishi's R&D offices. The Japanese Government has also asked Mitsubishi to submit a report on the manipulation by tomorrow. Meanwhile, U.S. regulators are pressing Mitsubishi to see if any vehicles sold here were involved in the manipulation. Mitsubishi announced that it has brought in three lawyers to conduct an investigation into the scandal. A report is expected in three months. Source: BBC News, Reuters, Mitsubishi Press Release is on Page 2 Tokyo, April 26, 2016 Regarding the Report to MLIT Concerning Improper Conduct in Fuel Consumption Testing of Vehicles Manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation The following is a summary of the report submitted by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) today, pursuant to instructions received from MLIT on April 20 to investigate improper conduct in fuel consumption testing of vehicles manufactured by MMC. Report Summary 1.Background to the improper conduct of MMC mini-car fuel consumption testing data (1) Four grades of the model year 2014 eK Wagon and Dayz (submitted in February 2013) were produced—a fuel-economy grade, a standard grade, a turbo grade and a 4WD grade. During development of the fuel-economy grade, the fuel consumption target, which had initially been 26.4km/l (in February 2011), was revised upward over a series of internal meetings until finally being set at 29.2km/l (February 2013). (2) Driving resistance data were obtained for that fuel-economy grade using a "high-speed coasting test," which differed from the coasting test required by the applicable laws and regulations in Japan. A relatively low value was selected from among the test results for use as the driving resistance value in order to give the appearance of greater fuel consumption. Data for the remaining three grades were calculated without testing based on the data for the fuel-economy grade. (3) The data submitted for the model year 2014 eK Space and Dayz Roox (submitted in October 2013), the model year 2015 eK Wagon and Dayz (submitted in March 2014), the model year 2015 eK Space and Dayz Roox (submitted in December 2014), and the model year 2016 eK Wagon and Dayz (submitted in June 2015) were all calculated without testing based on the data for the model year 2014 eK Wagon and Dayz to achieve the fuel consumption targets. 2. The following is the timeline leading up to the use of the "high-speed coasting test" differing from the test required by the applicable laws and regulations in Japan. We are currently investigating the reasoning behind each of the decisions outlined below. (1) In 1991, the coasting test was designated as the method for testing driving resistance under the Road Transport Vehicle Act, but MMC began testing vehicles for the Japanese market using a different method, the "high-speed coasting test". (2) In January 1992, a method was developed to reverse-calculate coasting time using driving resistance. (3) In January 2001, a test was run that compared the coasting test to the "high-speed coasting test," and the difference in results was found never to exceed 2.3%. (4) In February 2007, the testing manual was updated to add that "TRIAS (i.e., the coasting test) is to be used for DOM (i.e., vehicles for sale in Japan)." Nevertheless, the "high-speed coasting test" continued to be used thereafter. 3. Future direction of investigations (1) While some progress has been made in investigating the events described in sections 1 and 2 above, we will continue to work to discover the causes of this improper conduct and who is responsible. (2) Sufficient investigation has not been made into MMC vehicles other than the mini-cars described above; we plan to submit a separate report after looking into those models. Establishment of Special Investigation Committee In connection with the certification process for the mini-cars manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation ("MMC"), MMC hereby notifies that, yesterday, the board of directors decided to establish a special investigation committee (the "Committee") consisting of only external experts. MMC expresses its most sincere apologies to all of our customers, shareholders, and stakeholders for any inconvenience or concern caused by this occasion. 1: Background for the establishment of the Committee As announced, on April 20, 2016, in the press release titled "Improper conduct in fuel consumption testing on products manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC)," it has been revealed that, in the certification process for mini-cars manufactured by MMC, with respect to the fuel consumption testing data submitted to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism, MMC conducted testing improperly, to present better fuel consumption rates than the actual rates; and that the testing method was also different from the one required by Japanese law (the "Matter"). For the sake of ensuring an objective and thorough investigation into the Matter, MMC has established this Committee in a way such that all members would be external experts independent from MMC. 2: Membership and activities of the Committee i Membership of the Committee The Committee is composed of the members, as follows, who have no conflicts of interest with MMC. Therefore, MMC has recognized no factor that would harm the independence and neutrality of the Committee. Further, MMC is considering appointing experts with technical knowledge to participate in the investigation. Committee Chair: Keiichi WATANABE, Attorney at Law (former Superintending Prosecutor, Tokyo High Prosecutors Office) Committee Member: Yoshiro SAKATA, Attorney at Law Committee Member: Genta YOSHINO, Attorney at Law ii Activities The Committee shall perform the following activities pursuant to MMC's delegation. I Investigation to uncover the facts surrounding the Matter, including review of related documents and data, and interviews with the related people. II Investigation to confirm the existence of other improper conduct similar to the Matter, and uncover the facts, if it does. III Analysis of the cause of the Matter, and a suggestion on measures to prevent recurrence. 3: Schedule moving forward The Committee shall investigate the Matter for about the next three months, and make a report on its results. MMC plans to disclose the report in a timely manner. View full article
  6. Mitsubishi Motors has admitted today to manipulating fuel economy tests for 625,000 vehicles sold in Japan. The manipulation involves four kei (small-capacity engines and compact dimensions) cars; Mitsubishi eK Wagon, Mitsubishi eK Space, Nissan Dayz, and Nissan Dayz Roox. Out of the total 625,000 vehicles, the majority of the vehicles are the Nissan models. "The wrongdoing was intentional. It is clear the falsification was done to make the mileage look better. But why they would resort to fraud to do this is still unclear," said Mitsubishi Motors President Tetsuro Aikawa at a press conference. According to BBC News, the manipulation was done by adjusting the tire pressures when testing fuel economy on a rolling road. Nissan uncovered the manipulation as they were unable to replicate the fuel economy figures that Mitsubishi got. "This discovery was made during Nissan’s assessment of data from the current model as part of our development of the next-generation vehicle. We immediately brought the discrepancy to the attention of Mitsubishi, as they are responsible for the development and homologation of the current vehicles. In response to Nissan’s request, Mitsubishi admitted that data had been intentionally manipulated in its fuel economy testing process for certification," Nissan said in a statement. Both Mitsubishi and Nissan have stopped selling the models and are currently figuring out a compensation for affected owners. Mitsubishi has also announced they will be conducting an investigation into overseas models as their internal investigation showed the manipulation was used on other Mitsubishi products. "We will investigate why this happened and prevent a recurrence. We will inform our customers. I feel horrible they were given the wrong numbers," Aikawa said. After the announcement was made, shares in Mitsubishi dropped 15 percent, knocking off about $1.2 billion of the company's market value. This is another black mark for the Japanese company. For more than a decade, Mitsubishi has been trying to regain confidence from the market after it was revealed the company covered up a number of defects involving axles that could cause the wheels to detach. “It’s again bad for the company’s image. It’s not the first time for Mitsubishi to have this kind of issue, and this definitely won’t help them rebuild their reputation,” said Seiji Sugiura, an analyst at Tokai Tokyo Research Center to Automotive News. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), Autocar, Associated Press, BBC News, Mitsubishi Statement from Mitsubishi is on Page 2 Improper conduct in fuel consumption testing on products manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) In connection with the certification process for the mini-cars manufactured by MMC, we found that with respect to the fuel consumption testing data submitted to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), MMC conducted testing improperly to present better fuel consumption rates than the actual rates; and that the testing method was also different from the one required by Japanese law. We express deep apologies to all of our customers and stakeholders for this issue. The applicable cars are four mini-car models, two of which are the "eK Wagon" and "eK Space" which have been manufactured by MMC; and the other two are the "Dayz" and "Dayz Roox" which have been manufactured by MMC and supplied to Nissan Motors Corporation (NM) since June 2013. Up until the end of March 2016, MMC has sold 157 thousand units of the eK Wagon and eK Space and supplied 468 thousand units of the Dayz and Dayz Roox to NM. Since MMC developed the applicable cars and was responsible for obtaining the relevant certifications, MMC conducted fuel consumption testing. In the process of the development for the next generation of mini-car products, NM examined the fuel consumption rates of the applicable cars for NM's reference and found deviations in the figures. NM requested MMC to review the running resistance(*) value set by MMC during tests by MMC. In the course of our internal investigation upon this request, MMC learned of the improper conduct that MMC used the running resistance value for testing which provided more advantageous fuel consumption rates than the actual rates. MMC will sincerely respond to our customers who own and use the applicable cars. (*) running resistance: rolling resistance (mainly generated by tires) and air resistance while vehicles are moving We have decided to stop production and sales of the applicable cars. NM also has stopped sales of the applicable cars, and MMC and NM will discuss compensation regarding this issue. During our internal investigation, we have found that the testing method which was different from the one required by Japanese law has been applied to other models manufactured by MMC for the Japanese domestic market. Taking into account the seriousness of these issues, we will also conduct an investigation into products manufactured for overseas markets. In order to conduct an investigation into these issues objectively and thoroughly, we plan to set up a committee consisting of only external experts. We will publish the results of our investigation as soon as it is complete. View full article
  7. Mitsubishi Motors has admitted today to manipulating fuel economy tests for 625,000 vehicles sold in Japan. The manipulation involves four kei (small-capacity engines and compact dimensions) cars; Mitsubishi eK Wagon, Mitsubishi eK Space, Nissan Dayz, and Nissan Dayz Roox. Out of the total 625,000 vehicles, the majority of the vehicles are the Nissan models. "The wrongdoing was intentional. It is clear the falsification was done to make the mileage look better. But why they would resort to fraud to do this is still unclear," said Mitsubishi Motors President Tetsuro Aikawa at a press conference. According to BBC News, the manipulation was done by adjusting the tire pressures when testing fuel economy on a rolling road. Nissan uncovered the manipulation as they were unable to replicate the fuel economy figures that Mitsubishi got. "This discovery was made during Nissan’s assessment of data from the current model as part of our development of the next-generation vehicle. We immediately brought the discrepancy to the attention of Mitsubishi, as they are responsible for the development and homologation of the current vehicles. In response to Nissan’s request, Mitsubishi admitted that data had been intentionally manipulated in its fuel economy testing process for certification," Nissan said in a statement. Both Mitsubishi and Nissan have stopped selling the models and are currently figuring out a compensation for affected owners. Mitsubishi has also announced they will be conducting an investigation into overseas models as their internal investigation showed the manipulation was used on other Mitsubishi products. "We will investigate why this happened and prevent a recurrence. We will inform our customers. I feel horrible they were given the wrong numbers," Aikawa said. After the announcement was made, shares in Mitsubishi dropped 15 percent, knocking off about $1.2 billion of the company's market value. This is another black mark for the Japanese company. For more than a decade, Mitsubishi has been trying to regain confidence from the market after it was revealed the company covered up a number of defects involving axles that could cause the wheels to detach. “It’s again bad for the company’s image. It’s not the first time for Mitsubishi to have this kind of issue, and this definitely won’t help them rebuild their reputation,” said Seiji Sugiura, an analyst at Tokai Tokyo Research Center to Automotive News. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), Autocar, Associated Press, BBC News, Mitsubishi Statement from Mitsubishi is on Page 2 Improper conduct in fuel consumption testing on products manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) In connection with the certification process for the mini-cars manufactured by MMC, we found that with respect to the fuel consumption testing data submitted to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), MMC conducted testing improperly to present better fuel consumption rates than the actual rates; and that the testing method was also different from the one required by Japanese law. We express deep apologies to all of our customers and stakeholders for this issue. The applicable cars are four mini-car models, two of which are the "eK Wagon" and "eK Space" which have been manufactured by MMC; and the other two are the "Dayz" and "Dayz Roox" which have been manufactured by MMC and supplied to Nissan Motors Corporation (NM) since June 2013. Up until the end of March 2016, MMC has sold 157 thousand units of the eK Wagon and eK Space and supplied 468 thousand units of the Dayz and Dayz Roox to NM. Since MMC developed the applicable cars and was responsible for obtaining the relevant certifications, MMC conducted fuel consumption testing. In the process of the development for the next generation of mini-car products, NM examined the fuel consumption rates of the applicable cars for NM's reference and found deviations in the figures. NM requested MMC to review the running resistance(*) value set by MMC during tests by MMC. In the course of our internal investigation upon this request, MMC learned of the improper conduct that MMC used the running resistance value for testing which provided more advantageous fuel consumption rates than the actual rates. MMC will sincerely respond to our customers who own and use the applicable cars. (*) running resistance: rolling resistance (mainly generated by tires) and air resistance while vehicles are moving We have decided to stop production and sales of the applicable cars. NM also has stopped sales of the applicable cars, and MMC and NM will discuss compensation regarding this issue. During our internal investigation, we have found that the testing method which was different from the one required by Japanese law has been applied to other models manufactured by MMC for the Japanese domestic market. Taking into account the seriousness of these issues, we will also conduct an investigation into products manufactured for overseas markets. In order to conduct an investigation into these issues objectively and thoroughly, we plan to set up a committee consisting of only external experts. We will publish the results of our investigation as soon as it is complete.
  8. Mitsubishi Springs Into March With Best March Sales Since 2007 Total March sales of 11,078 is best since 2007 Mirage posts its biggest sales month since 2001 Outlander continues strong with sales up 33.5 percent CYPRESS, Calif., April 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) today reported its best March sales since 2007 with sales of 11,078, an increase of 13.5 percent over March of 2015. The Mitsubishi Mirage proved to be the big winner for the month with sales totaling 4,113, the vehicle's best sales month since 2001. Total sales for the year through the first quarter of 2016 are 25,212, up 6.0 percent compared to the same period last year. Mirage's sales momentum comes with great timing as the nameplate expands with the offering of the new G4 sedan this spring. "Mirage is on a roll that we expect to continue," said Don Swearingen, MMNA EVP. "The Mirage hatchback and the new 2017 Mirage G4 sedan will form a formidable one-two punch in the subcompact segment." Mitsubishi's three-row crossover utility vehicle, the Outlander, also posted strong sales numbers for the month with 2,156 units sold, up 33.5 percent over March 2015. March YTD 2016 2015 2016 2015 i‐MiEV 1 10 8 15 Mirage 4113 2488 6232 6056 Lancer 1934 2425 5454 6039 Outlander Sport 2874 3226 7698 7887 Outlander 2156 1615 5820 3793 Total 11078 9764 25212 23790
  9. Mitsubishi Motors' Family Of CUVs Leads The Way In January With Sales Up 15.5 Percent Outlander sales continue to be strong in the new year with sales up 53.8 percent Outlander Sport posts strong sales of 2,233 CYPRESS, Calif., Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- While frigid weather swept across the country in January, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) CUV sales were hot. The Mitsubishi Outlander led the way recording its best January since 2007 with sales of 1,543, an increase of 53.8 percent over January 2015. This marks the 11th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases for Outlander. Total January 2016 sales for Mitsubishi were 6,264, down 3.5 percent year-over-year.
  10. Mitsubishi Motors Closes 2015 Up Over 22 Percent For The Year Mitsubishi reports December sales of 7,887, an increase of 20.5 percent over last December December 2015 marks the 22nd consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases Outlander Sport posts its best December sales month ever Mitsubishi CUVs lead the charge in December with sales up 37.4 percent over 2014 CYPRESS, Calif., Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) today reported calendar year 2015 total sales of 95,342, up 22.8 percent over 2014 and the best yearly sales since 2008. For the month of December, sales were 7,887, continuing a historic streak of 22 consecutive months of year-over-year sales increases. "2015 was a monumental year for Mitsubishi Motors in many ways: we reported sales increases every month over the prior year, our dealer network has strengthened and we successfully launched the new 2016 Outlander. Most importantly, we're poised to repeat our success in 2016," said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MMNA. "Mitsubishi's strategy for the U.S. is all about crossover SUVs and the launch of the 2017 Mirage G4. In 2015 both Outlander and Outlander Sport showed strong demand at dealerships and posted total sales of 5,292, up 37.4 percent over the previous year." The Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport CUVs remained the volume leaders for the brand. Outlander sales were up 76.6 percent over December 2014 with total sales of 1,936. Outlander Sport reports sales of 3,356, which represents a 21.8 percent increase year-over-year. This was Outlander Sport's best December since the CUV went on sale in October 2010. Looking ahead, the redesigned 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer will be in full supply at dealerships in January 2016. In addition, the highly anticipated 2016 Outlander Sport featuring a new design begins production in January and will be at dealerships in the first quarter of 2016. "The support of our dealers, along with a very strong showroom of revamped product offerings will propel us into the new year; Mitsubishi's sales momentum will continue strong through 2016 and beyond," said Swearingen.
  11. Mitsubishi is playing to its strengths to help it rebound in the U.S. That includes the introduction of three crossovers with electric powertrains. Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko tells Automotive News the company will channel their limited resources into creating a more compact lineup mostly made up of crossovers and SUVs. "We are strong in SUVs and four-wheel drives. And that is what we would like to focus on as core models in the U.S. market. We have changed direction. We are going to allocate more resources to the areas where we are strong in the U.S," said Masuko. This move means we will likely not see a replacement for aging Lancer compact and i-MiEV. Instead, Mitsubishi will introduce a new coupe-styled crossover that will slot in between the Outlander Sport and Outlander in 2017. A redesigned Outlander will arrive in 2018 and a new Outlander Sport will come a year after. Each crossover will come with a gas powertrain and some sort of electrification, whether that be through a plug-in hybrid system or an electric powertrain. In the meantime, Mitsubishi will introduce "big minor changes" to keep their nameplates fresh. This was first shown at the LA Auto Show with the introduction of the 2016 Outlander Sport and 2017 Mirage. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) View full article
  12. Mitsubishi is playing to its strengths to help it rebound in the U.S. That includes the introduction of three crossovers with electric powertrains. Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko tells Automotive News the company will channel their limited resources into creating a more compact lineup mostly made up of crossovers and SUVs. "We are strong in SUVs and four-wheel drives. And that is what we would like to focus on as core models in the U.S. market. We have changed direction. We are going to allocate more resources to the areas where we are strong in the U.S," said Masuko. This move means we will likely not see a replacement for aging Lancer compact and i-MiEV. Instead, Mitsubishi will introduce a new coupe-styled crossover that will slot in between the Outlander Sport and Outlander in 2017. A redesigned Outlander will arrive in 2018 and a new Outlander Sport will come a year after. Each crossover will come with a gas powertrain and some sort of electrification, whether that be through a plug-in hybrid system or an electric powertrain. In the meantime, Mitsubishi will introduce "big minor changes" to keep their nameplates fresh. This was first shown at the LA Auto Show with the introduction of the 2016 Outlander Sport and 2017 Mirage. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
  13. Mitsubishi Motors Continues Momentum With November Sales Mitsubishi reports November sales of 6,772, an increase of 3.6 percent over last November November 2015 marks the 21st consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases Outlander remains a hot commodity with sales up 43 percent for the year Outlander Sport records best ever November with 2,955 sales Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) continues its sales momentum with November 2015 sales of 6,722, an increase of 3.6 percent from November 2014. Mitsubishi has reported year-over-year sales increases for 21 consecutive months. Year-to-date sales are 87,455, up 23 percent over the same period in 2014. "Mitsubishi's lineup of stylish, safe and fuel-efficient vehicles that offer value and an industry leading powertrain and new vehicle warranties is a product formula that is resonating with today's consumers," said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MMNA. "Our dealers are reporting significantly increased customer traffic to the showrooms and demand for the vehicles is very strong." The Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport CUVs remained the volume leaders for the brand. Outlander sales were up 69.3 percent over November 2014 with total sales of 1,717. Outlander Sport reports sales of 2,955, which represents a 10.3 percent increase year-over-year.
  14. Mitsubishi is updating the Mirage economy hatchback for 2017. It gets a refreshed exterior along with some interior and technology updates. Likely the most important change to buyers will be the addition of Android Auto and Apple Car play in the infotainment system. With the addition of these two technologies, buyers have an inexpensive way to add features like Navigation and Apps to their car, features that are not often found in vehicles at the Mirage's low price point. The exterior changes are light with an updated front end and rear bumper. The 3-cylinder engine remains the only power plant, but with a slight bump in power to 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. The suspension and brakes have been upgraded for better performance. The 2017 Mirage goes on sale in the spring of 2016. You can follow all of our coverage of the 2015 LA Auto Show here or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ Source: Mitsubishi Media Press Release on Page 2 THE 2017 MITSUBISHI MIRAGE: NEW EXTERIOR DESIGN AND ADDED PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENTS · The new Mitsubishi Mirage continues to deliver outstanding fuel economy · 2017 Mirage will feature Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ · Attractive pricing and 10-year warranty distances the competition CYPRESS, Calif. Nov. 18, 2015 – Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) today announced details for the fuel-efficient 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage featuring a new exterior design, improved performance and enhanced interior appeal. Despite all that is new for Mirage in 2017, a few things didn’t change at all—Mirage still offers impressive fuel economy, attractive pricing and industry leading new vehicle and powertrain warranties. The Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback will be available at dealers in spring 2016. “Mirage has gained popularity with its affordable and practical appeal,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MNNA. “Mirage owners are looking for a vehicle that does its job well and is reliable. The Mirage continues to deliver all of those attributes, and the improvements to the 2017 model year will expand the Mirage’s appeal even more.” The changes for the 2017 model year are led with the new exterior design. Mirage receives a fresh new look with redesigned hood, grille, front and rear bumper, fog and headlamps, rear spoiler and wheels. The exterior styling was given purpose, with an aerodynamic design to maximize fuel-efficiency and a simple, restrained form to help reduce weight, creating a car in which form and function come together. Inside, Mirage receives a design update with new seat fabrics, gauge cluster, steering wheel and shift panel. In addition, a new 300-watt Rockford-Fosgate™ audio system with EcoPunch™ is available with Smartphone Link Display Audio, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, the first Mitsubishi vehicle to get these popular infotainment systems in the U.S. The 2017 Mirage continues to utilize a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder DOHC engine featuring the latest version of Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) variable valve-timing system that maximizes fuel efficiency and power output while greatly minimizing exhaust emissions. With the addition of a roller-type camshaft, Mirage increases its horsepower to 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft torque. Mirage’s handling and brakes are improved for 2017 as well. Optimizing the spring rate and damping force of the shock absorbers while adding stiffness to the front end achieve handling and stability improvements. In addition, bigger diameter brake discs (251 mm) are used in the front and the rear brake drums (203 mm) have increased 23 millimeters. The brake pad/shoe material has also been changed for even better stopping performance. Every 2017 Mirage comes equipped with a wide array of safety features and technologies. These include a seven air bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) comprised of dual front air bags, dual front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, dual side-impact curtain air bags, and a driver’s knee air bag; 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); and Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL). Mirage models equipped with the continuously-variable transmission-equipped (CVT) also include Hill Start Assist (HSA). For more information on the redesigned 2017 Mirage please visit media.mitsubishicars.com and be sure to visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube. View full article
  15. Mitsubishi is updating the Mirage economy hatchback for 2017. It gets a refreshed exterior along with some interior and technology updates. Likely the most important change to buyers will be the addition of Android Auto and Apple Car play in the infotainment system. With the addition of these two technologies, buyers have an inexpensive way to add features like Navigation and Apps to their car, features that are not often found in vehicles at the Mirage's low price point. The exterior changes are light with an updated front end and rear bumper. The 3-cylinder engine remains the only power plant, but with a slight bump in power to 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. The suspension and brakes have been upgraded for better performance. The 2017 Mirage goes on sale in the spring of 2016. You can follow all of our coverage of the 2015 LA Auto Show here or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ Source: Mitsubishi Media Press Release on Page 2 THE 2017 MITSUBISHI MIRAGE: NEW EXTERIOR DESIGN AND ADDED PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENTS · The new Mitsubishi Mirage continues to deliver outstanding fuel economy · 2017 Mirage will feature Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ · Attractive pricing and 10-year warranty distances the competition CYPRESS, Calif. Nov. 18, 2015 – Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) today announced details for the fuel-efficient 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage featuring a new exterior design, improved performance and enhanced interior appeal. Despite all that is new for Mirage in 2017, a few things didn’t change at all—Mirage still offers impressive fuel economy, attractive pricing and industry leading new vehicle and powertrain warranties. The Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback will be available at dealers in spring 2016. “Mirage has gained popularity with its affordable and practical appeal,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MNNA. “Mirage owners are looking for a vehicle that does its job well and is reliable. The Mirage continues to deliver all of those attributes, and the improvements to the 2017 model year will expand the Mirage’s appeal even more.” The changes for the 2017 model year are led with the new exterior design. Mirage receives a fresh new look with redesigned hood, grille, front and rear bumper, fog and headlamps, rear spoiler and wheels. The exterior styling was given purpose, with an aerodynamic design to maximize fuel-efficiency and a simple, restrained form to help reduce weight, creating a car in which form and function come together. Inside, Mirage receives a design update with new seat fabrics, gauge cluster, steering wheel and shift panel. In addition, a new 300-watt Rockford-Fosgate™ audio system with EcoPunch™ is available with Smartphone Link Display Audio, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, the first Mitsubishi vehicle to get these popular infotainment systems in the U.S. The 2017 Mirage continues to utilize a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder DOHC engine featuring the latest version of Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) variable valve-timing system that maximizes fuel efficiency and power output while greatly minimizing exhaust emissions. With the addition of a roller-type camshaft, Mirage increases its horsepower to 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft torque. Mirage’s handling and brakes are improved for 2017 as well. Optimizing the spring rate and damping force of the shock absorbers while adding stiffness to the front end achieve handling and stability improvements. In addition, bigger diameter brake discs (251 mm) are used in the front and the rear brake drums (203 mm) have increased 23 millimeters. The brake pad/shoe material has also been changed for even better stopping performance. Every 2017 Mirage comes equipped with a wide array of safety features and technologies. These include a seven air bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) comprised of dual front air bags, dual front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, dual side-impact curtain air bags, and a driver’s knee air bag; 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); and Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL). Mirage models equipped with the continuously-variable transmission-equipped (CVT) also include Hill Start Assist (HSA). For more information on the redesigned 2017 Mirage please visit media.mitsubishicars.com and be sure to visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.
  16. The popularity of crossovers with consumers is continuing to rise and Mitsubishi wants to make sure they aren't left behind. Speaking with Automotive News, Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko revealed that the Japanese automaker is working a new five-seat crossover that will slot in between the Outlander and Outlander Sport. The new crossover will take some styling ideas from the eX concept shown at the Tokyo Motor Show and compete with the likes of the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage. Production is expected to begin in Fall of 2017 with Europe and U.S. being the main markets for this vehicle. "The Outlander is growing in size, while the Outlander Sport is getting smaller, so it opens a space for the new SUV. We need something to fit in between," said Masuko. This new crossover will help the plea from U.S. dealers that want something fresh in their lots. It also plays a key role into Mitsubishi's revival plan as the company is using crossovers and SUVs to help with their sales. At the moment, 56 percent of Mitsubishi's total volume in the U.S. is made up of crossovers. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) View full article
  17. The popularity of crossovers with consumers is continuing to rise and Mitsubishi wants to make sure they aren't left behind. Speaking with Automotive News, Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko revealed that the Japanese automaker is working a new five-seat crossover that will slot in between the Outlander and Outlander Sport. The new crossover will take some styling ideas from the eX concept shown at the Tokyo Motor Show and compete with the likes of the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage. Production is expected to begin in Fall of 2017 with Europe and U.S. being the main markets for this vehicle. "The Outlander is growing in size, while the Outlander Sport is getting smaller, so it opens a space for the new SUV. We need something to fit in between," said Masuko. This new crossover will help the plea from U.S. dealers that want something fresh in their lots. It also plays a key role into Mitsubishi's revival plan as the company is using crossovers and SUVs to help with their sales. At the moment, 56 percent of Mitsubishi's total volume in the U.S. is made up of crossovers. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
  18. MITSUBISHI MOTORS REPORTS 20TH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF YEAR-OVER-YEAR SALES INCREASES Mitsubishi CUVs lead the way as Outlander Sport reports best October ever; Outlander has best October since 2002 October sales represent a 19.8 percent increase year-over-year and year-to-date sales are up 25.0 percent Year-to-date sales through October have already eclipsed total MMNA sales for 2014 Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) reported October 2015 sales of 7,426, an increase of 19.8 percent from October 2014. October is the brand's 20th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases, and also represents the seventh consecutive month of double-digit sales increases. Year-to-date sales are up 25.0 percent over the same period in 2014, and also noteworthy is that year-to-date sales through October have already eclipsed the total MMNA sales for 2014. Mitsubishi's family of CUVs led the charge again in October. The new Outlander continues its successful launch with its best October since 2002, reporting 2,040 units sold—more than double the amount sold last October. Not to be outdone, Outlander Sport had its best ever October with sales of 3,094, an increase of 25.4 percent from last October. "Outlander Sport continues to be the best selling model for the Mitsubishi Motors brand and the newly introduced 2016 Outlander, with over 100 changes, has generated its own set of sales records, attracting new people to the brand," said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MMNA. "Together, these two vehicles account for over 69 percent of the brand's total volume for the month of October."
  19. Mitsubishi Motors Reports Nineteenth Consecutive Month Of Year-Over-Year Sales Increases Total September sales up 35.9 percent year-over-year and marked the sixth straight month of double-digit sales increases New Outlander showing unprecedented demand at dealerships; reports best September since 2003 Outlander Sport has its best-ever September CYPRESS, Calif., Oct. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) reported September 2015 sales of 7,556, an increase of 35.9 percent from September 2014. Not only is this the brand's 19th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases, but it is also the sixth consecutive month of double-digit sales increases and the best September for the brand since 2007. Year-to-date sales are up 25.5 percent over the same period in 2014. Leading the way in September was the Outlander Sport, reporting its best-ever September sales month with 3,140 units sold. The new 2016 Outlander, which features over 100 improvements, recorded 1,949 units sold, its best September in 12 years. The Mirage also saw a strong month, selling 1,348 units. "Our sales momentum carried through in September and it's a result of having a strong product lineup," said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MMNA. "Our record sales streak is not based on gimmicks, but rather consumer demand for our vehicles. In its first full month on sale, our dealers are reporting extremely strong demand for the new Outlander—consumers are coming into dealerships asking specifically for the vehicle."
  20. Mitsubishi Motors July Sales Results Continue The Brand's Notable Pace July sales mark seventeen months of year-over-year sales increases Best ever July sales for Outlander Sport CYPRESS, Calif., Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) achieved its 17th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases in July, reporting 7,868 units sold – an increase of 23.9 percent from July 2014. Year-to-date sales are up 24.8 percent over a strong July performance in 2014. "July was another great sales month for the Mitsubishi Motors brand," said Don Swearingen, executive vice president of MMNA. "The sales growth we have seen these past seventeen months is a testimony that we provide affordable and reliable vehicles that consumers desire. Outlander Sport had its best July sales since the launch of the vehicle. "As the new 2016 Outlander starts to arrive in dealerships this month, we are seeing an 86 percent increase in sales over the same month last year; the new Outlander is poised to attract even more buyers to the brand thanks to its new looks coupled to its incredible pricing." The new Outlander features over 100 upgrades to its predecessor at a $200 lower starting MSRP. And like all Mitsubishi vehicles sold in the United States, it is backed up with an industry-leading powertrain limited warranty.
  21. The end of an era is upon us. After this year, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution will be no more. The model which was first introduced back in 1992 for the Japanese marketplace, was a technological tour-de-force with a turbocharged four-cylinder, all-wheel drive, and a limited slip differential. From there, Mitsubishi would introduce a number of new technologies such as traction control, YAW control, and a dual-clutch automatic. But Mitsubishi hasn’t done much with the Lancer Evolution in the past few years, instead changing its focus to electrics and crossovers. So before the Lancer Evolution heads up to the great parking lot in the sky, we decided to say farewell by driving an MR for a week. As the name suggests, the Lancer Evolution is based on the Lancer compact sedan. Not a bad place to start since the Lancer is a distinctive looking sedan, despite being the oldest design in the class. From there, Mitsubishi makes some changes with a new grille and hood to improve cooling of the engine. The side boasts new skirts and a set of multi-spoke, lightweight BBS wheels. Towards the back, Mitsubishi fits a rear diffuser and twin exhaust system. MR models get a small lip spoiler on the hood. Those wanting the big wing will need to go with the base GSR model. These changes make the Lancer Evolution a standout in the Mitsubishi lineup. Moving inside, you can’t help but feel massive disappointment. The Evolution has the same problems as the standard Lancer with cheap feeling and looking plastics throughout the material. You can’t help but question why anyone would spend almost $40,000 if it includes materials like this. At least Mitsubishi did use some better materials on the door panels and fitted a set of Recaro bucket seats up front. The bucket seats provide the right amount of bolstering to keep you and your passenger locked in when driving. The back seat is best used for emergencies as space is very much at a premium. No matter which trim of the Lancer Evolution you decide to get, it will come with a 6.1-inch touchscreen and Mitsubishi’s FUSE hands-free system, which allows an owner to connect their Bluetooth phone and/or USB device to the vehicle and control them via voice command. I found this system to be somewhat hit and miss as it doesn’t always recognize what you’re saying, even if you are doing it as clear and concise as you can. The touchscreen system is not the most responsive and the interface looks like it came from the Windows 3.1 era. See the next page for thoughts on the powertrain and handling. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with 291 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. On my MR tester, a six-speed twin-clutch SST - Mitsubishi speak for dual-clutch automatic - gets all of the power to the wheels. Those who want to feel like they are a part of the machine will want to go for the base GSR model as it gets a five-speed manual. Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) gets the power to the road and includes a drive selector mode which changes various settings to provide the best traction for whatever condition you find yourself driving in. The engine likes to be worked, especially out on a nice bit of curvy road. Step on the accelerator and the power comes on instantly. More impressive is the engine doesn’t seem to lose any of the oomph as it climbs higher in the rev range. The transmission is lightning quick with shifts, and allows the driver to shift via aset of paddles behind the wheel. But when you decide to drive the Lancer Evolution on daily basis, it falls apart. The dual-clutch transmission seems very confused at low speeds and gives very clunky shifts. I found that if I left a stop with the transmission in second gear, some of these problems were alleviated. But the biggest problem for the Lancer Evolution’s powertrain is fuel economy. The EPA rates the 2015 Lancer Evolution MR at 17 City/22 Highway/19 Combined. I got an average of 17 MPG for the week. As for the ride and drive, Mitsubishi fits a set of stiffer dampers and springs to improve cornering. You’ll also find a set of massive Brembo brakes to help bring the Lancer Evolution to a short stop. Much like the engine, the suspension shines when driven hard on a curvy piece of tarmac. There is no sign of body lean when cornering, and the steering provides excellent feel and weight. Paired with the all-wheel drive system that provides tenacious grip, the Lancer Evolution feels like it's on rails. However, the warts show up when driving the model on a daily basis. The suspension doesn’t have much give and makes any road aside from a smooth one feel like a rutted gravel road. The steering is quite heavy at low speeds, making parking quite the interesting experience. Finally, don’t expect the Lancer Evolution to provide a quiet ride. Road and wind noise are very much apparent. The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is a difficult car to recommend for most people as the list of negatives is quite long. But for enthusiasts, it should be on the list as there isn’t anything like the Lancer Evolution: a sports car wearing the clothing of a four-door compact sedan. It’s sad to see to the Lancer Evolution go away. But Mitsubishi should be proud of what they were able to do with it, and keep that in mind when they decide to revisit this idea. Disclaimer: Mitsubishi Provided the Lancer Evolution, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2015 Make: Mitsubishi Model: Lancer Evolution Trim: MR Engine: Turbo 2.0L DOHC MIVEC Four-Cylinder Driveline: Dual-Clutch Automatic, All-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 291 @ 6500 Torque @ RPM: 300 @ 4000 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 17/22/19 Curb Weight: 3,571 lbs Location of Manufacture: Kurashiki, Japan Base Price: $38,995 As Tested Price: $41,805 (Includes $810.00 Destination Charge) Options: Touring Package - $2,000
  22. The end of an era is upon us. After this year, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution will be no more. The model which was first introduced back in 1992 for the Japanese marketplace, was a technological tour-de-force with a turbocharged four-cylinder, all-wheel drive, and a limited slip differential. From there, Mitsubishi would introduce a number of new technologies such as traction control, YAW control, and a dual-clutch automatic. But Mitsubishi hasn’t done much with the Lancer Evolution in the past few years, instead changing its focus to electrics and crossovers. So before the Lancer Evolution heads up to the great parking lot in the sky, we decided to say farewell by driving an MR for a week. As the name suggests, the Lancer Evolution is based on the Lancer compact sedan. Not a bad place to start since the Lancer is a distinctive looking sedan, despite being the oldest design in the class. From there, Mitsubishi makes some changes with a new grille and hood to improve cooling of the engine. The side boasts new skirts and a set of multi-spoke, lightweight BBS wheels. Towards the back, Mitsubishi fits a rear diffuser and twin exhaust system. MR models get a small lip spoiler on the hood. Those wanting the big wing will need to go with the base GSR model. These changes make the Lancer Evolution a standout in the Mitsubishi lineup. Moving inside, you can’t help but feel massive disappointment. The Evolution has the same problems as the standard Lancer with cheap feeling and looking plastics throughout the material. You can’t help but question why anyone would spend almost $40,000 if it includes materials like this. At least Mitsubishi did use some better materials on the door panels and fitted a set of Recaro bucket seats up front. The bucket seats provide the right amount of bolstering to keep you and your passenger locked in when driving. The back seat is best used for emergencies as space is very much at a premium. No matter which trim of the Lancer Evolution you decide to get, it will come with a 6.1-inch touchscreen and Mitsubishi’s FUSE hands-free system, which allows an owner to connect their Bluetooth phone and/or USB device to the vehicle and control them via voice command. I found this system to be somewhat hit and miss as it doesn’t always recognize what you’re saying, even if you are doing it as clear and concise as you can. The touchscreen system is not the most responsive and the interface looks like it came from the Windows 3.1 era. See the next page for thoughts on the powertrain and handling. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with 291 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. On my MR tester, a six-speed twin-clutch SST - Mitsubishi speak for dual-clutch automatic - gets all of the power to the wheels. Those who want to feel like they are a part of the machine will want to go for the base GSR model as it gets a five-speed manual. Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) gets the power to the road and includes a drive selector mode which changes various settings to provide the best traction for whatever condition you find yourself driving in. The engine likes to be worked, especially out on a nice bit of curvy road. Step on the accelerator and the power comes on instantly. More impressive is the engine doesn’t seem to lose any of the oomph as it climbs higher in the rev range. The transmission is lightning quick with shifts, and allows the driver to shift via aset of paddles behind the wheel. But when you decide to drive the Lancer Evolution on daily basis, it falls apart. The dual-clutch transmission seems very confused at low speeds and gives very clunky shifts. I found that if I left a stop with the transmission in second gear, some of these problems were alleviated. But the biggest problem for the Lancer Evolution’s powertrain is fuel economy. The EPA rates the 2015 Lancer Evolution MR at 17 City/22 Highway/19 Combined. I got an average of 17 MPG for the week. As for the ride and drive, Mitsubishi fits a set of stiffer dampers and springs to improve cornering. You’ll also find a set of massive Brembo brakes to help bring the Lancer Evolution to a short stop. Much like the engine, the suspension shines when driven hard on a curvy piece of tarmac. There is no sign of body lean when cornering, and the steering provides excellent feel and weight. Paired with the all-wheel drive system that provides tenacious grip, the Lancer Evolution feels like it's on rails. However, the warts show up when driving the model on a daily basis. The suspension doesn’t have much give and makes any road aside from a smooth one feel like a rutted gravel road. The steering is quite heavy at low speeds, making parking quite the interesting experience. Finally, don’t expect the Lancer Evolution to provide a quiet ride. Road and wind noise are very much apparent. The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is a difficult car to recommend for most people as the list of negatives is quite long. But for enthusiasts, it should be on the list as there isn’t anything like the Lancer Evolution: a sports car wearing the clothing of a four-door compact sedan. It’s sad to see to the Lancer Evolution go away. But Mitsubishi should be proud of what they were able to do with it, and keep that in mind when they decide to revisit this idea. Disclaimer: Mitsubishi Provided the Lancer Evolution, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2015 Make: Mitsubishi Model: Lancer Evolution Trim: MR Engine: Turbo 2.0L DOHC MIVEC Four-Cylinder Driveline: Dual-Clutch Automatic, All-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 291 @ 6500 Torque @ RPM: 300 @ 4000 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 17/22/19 Curb Weight: 3,571 lbs Location of Manufacture: Kurashiki, Japan Base Price: $38,995 As Tested Price: $41,805 (Includes $810.00 Destination Charge) Options: Touring Package - $2,000 View full article
  23. CYPRESS, Calif., July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) achieved its 16th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases in June, reporting 7,963 units sold – an increase of 32.3 percent from June 2014. Sales for the first half of the year are up 24.9% over a strong performance in 2014. "The first half of last year was pretty incredible for Mitsubishi Motors," said Don Swearingen, executive vice president of MMNA. "And this year our January through June sales are even stronger, up 24.9% for the year. We expect this pace to continue as the new 2016 Outlander starts to roll into dealerships."
  24. Mitsubishi hasn't had the best of luck of trying to find a partner. Back in February, we learned that talks between it and Renault had fallen apart for a new midsize sedan. Mitsubishi shelved those plans and reportedly began talks with Nissan. We also learned that Mitsubishi moved up the replacement for the Lancer. Now Mitsubishi has begun working on the Lancer replacement in-house while it still looks for a partner. “We are talking with a potential partner at this time, (but) at the same time we’re doing an internal design of the vehicle. We’re running parallel because we cannot wait any longer to see if a partnership will work out. If it falls through then we’re another year behind,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America to Wards Auto. Swearingen confirmed that Mitsubishi is still in talks with an automaker - many believe to be Nissan. Even if a deal is reached, Swearingen says the model is still 18 to 2 years out. Additionally, Swearingen confirmed the a midsize sedan from Mitsubishi isn't happening. “We’ve made the decision that D-segment will not work for us in the U.S. When you do the financial analysis and you look at the amount of money (needed) for advertising (and the amount) most of our competitors are spending on incentives, it doesn’t pencil out to do a partnership.” Source: Wards Auto
  25. Mitsubishi hasn't had the best of luck of trying to find a partner. Back in February, we learned that talks between it and Renault had fallen apart for a new midsize sedan. Mitsubishi shelved those plans and reportedly began talks with Nissan. We also learned that Mitsubishi moved up the replacement for the Lancer. Now Mitsubishi has begun working on the Lancer replacement in-house while it still looks for a partner. “We are talking with a potential partner at this time, (but) at the same time we’re doing an internal design of the vehicle. We’re running parallel because we cannot wait any longer to see if a partnership will work out. If it falls through then we’re another year behind,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America to Wards Auto. Swearingen confirmed that Mitsubishi is still in talks with an automaker - many believe to be Nissan. Even if a deal is reached, Swearingen says the model is still 18 to 2 years out. Additionally, Swearingen confirmed the a midsize sedan from Mitsubishi isn't happening. “We’ve made the decision that D-segment will not work for us in the U.S. When you do the financial analysis and you look at the amount of money (needed) for advertising (and the amount) most of our competitors are spending on incentives, it doesn’t pencil out to do a partnership.” Source: Wards Auto View full article

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