Amid efforts to be recognized as a specialist on green cars, Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s “jet-fighter" grille will be replaced with a face that’s friendlier. It seeks to utilize a lineup of full-electric cars and plug-in hybrids to cut by half its average global CO2 emissions by 2020, compared to figures in 2005. Mitsubishi didn’t disclose what its 2005 global figure was.
However, we know that in 2007, it had a CO2 emissions average of 170 grams per kilometer. By 2015, the new cars sold in Europe have to decrease CO2 emissions to a fleet average of 130g/km.
The average last year was 140.9g/km while in 2009, it achieved 145.9g/km, according to JATO Dynamics's analysis of 21 European markets.
At the Tokyo Auto Show, general design manager Hiroaki Ohtsuka told Automotive News Europe that until today, Mitsubishi’s focus is on driveablility, sports mobility and SUV development. He explained that this focus is evident in its design but then, it is now concentrating on a more environmental aspect.
Lancer-based Evo X, which was launched in Europe in 2008, is the first model that had the jet-fighter grille. Two models at this show illustrate the upcoming design change. One is the gasoline-powered Mirage subcompact, which will arrive in Europe in early 2013 and has CO2 emissions of 95g/km.
The other one is the PX-MiEV, a plug-in hybrid concept of the Outlander compact SUV. The PX-MiEV offers an electric-only range of 50km (30 miles). This plug-in hybrid, which will start selling together with the rest of the Outlander's new range in 2013, offers CO2 emissions of 50g/km.