Mitsubishi to sell production version of Global Small Concept car in 2012

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 16, 2011

Mitsubishi’s Global Small Concept car, the e-compact, is expected to lead to the creation of a production supermini, which has a size that’s between a city car and the outgoing Colt, in 2012. This car, which measures 3.74 meters long and is built in Thailand, will be sold in all of Mitsubishi’s markets with only minor regional changes.

In an Autocar interview, Mitsubishi’s global product director, Gayu Eusegi, said that there will be differences in engine calibration to comply with differing emissions regulations.

There will also be differences in details such as “colors and interior fabrics.” This is a bolder stance than what Nissan has taken with the new Micra, which didn’t do so well in developed markets, even with the larger regional differences.

The e-compact is included in Mitsubishi’s drive to reduce the emissions of its vehicles.

Mitsubishi wants that by 2010, the CO2 output of its cars will already be cut by 50%. To achieve this, Mitsubishi is slated to present eight full-electric or petrol-electric hybrids by 2015.

It will also offer a full-electric e-compact. Meanwhile, the other e-compact derivatives will feature 1.0 or 1.2-litre petrol engines with stop-start and part-time alternators.

Following “Project Global”, which targeted C/D segments, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation or MMC is presently pushing the limit of global product planning by introducing “Global Small” in the B-Segment. This is a new-generation architecture with incorporated flexibility to accommodate the needs of customers in all world markets in the lower market sector.

Shown in advance as “Concept-Global Small” at the 2011 Motor Show in Geneva, the “e-compact” will be revealed in production form by the end of this year, before the schedule of production, which starts in early 2012 at an all-new MMC plant being built in Thailand.

This would be the third factory in the planned production hub. The latest Mitsubishi will be presented as an entry model for promising markets and a fuel efficient vehicle in advanced markets.

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