Geneva Motor Show: Mitsubishi iMiEV Sport Air and iMiev Prototype concepts

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2009

In an attempt to guarantee a sporty yet eco-friendly future, Mitsubishi iMiEV Sport Air could very well be the answer to a gasoline-free future. Derived from rear-midship Electric Vehicle platform, the Sport Air is a shiny two-seater that has a subtle similarity with a squashed VW Beetle.

It comes with a clear detachable roof for driving enjoyment and a lower center of gravity. To reduce the curb weight of the car plastic panels are utilized, while the battery and other components are located lower in the chassis.

Consequently, the car generates more power from a potent synchronous permanent magnetic electric unit is fitted providing the Sport Air with 60hp, a 13hp increase over the previous model.

Having received some revisions, the iMiEV Prototype demonstrates that the carmaker is set on a production model.

The current iMiEV on display is near to the car that will be introduced by 2010 in the markets of Europe.

The Japanese version available for sale this summer include the following revisions: broadened front and rear tracks and increased overhangs both at the front and back, for the purpose helping the car meet pedestrian-protection regulations of Europe.

Adjustments to the styling provide the iMiEV prototype a unique front face. For more stability and space enhancement, the fully electric iMiEV's motor and battery pack are mounted in a midship arrangement.

Press Release

Mitsubishi i MiEV concepts at Geneva Motor Show

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation today gave two models their global debut at the 79th Geneva International Motor Show which runs from March 3 through March 15 at the Geneva Palexpo exhibition and conference complex (opening to the general public on March 5).

The i MiEV* SPORT AIR concept model gives material shape to MMC's "Drive@earth" global tag-line. The prototype i MiEV concept, meanwhile, is a precursor to the electric vehicle the company will introduce on the European market in 2010.

Also among the 15 vehicles on the MMC stand is the European-built Colt Clear Tec compact model, which boasts premium green performance with CO2 emissions of just 115 g/km, as well as several other European models.

* MiEV: Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle

About Mitsubishi Motors

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (TSE: 7211) was established in 1970 and is one of the few automobile companies in the world that produces a full line of automotive products ranging from 660-cc mini cars and passenger cars to commercial vehicles and heavy-duty trucks and buses. The company also operates consumer financing services and provides this to its customer base. For more information, please visit www.mitsubishi-motors.com .

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