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Suzuki and Mitsubishi to stop selling diesel cars in Europe

The diesel exodus in Europe continues. Years ago, carmakers have been in a sweeping race to offer more diesel-powered vehicles in the continent, which hunger for such transports seems unending. But now, it looks like carmakers – including Japanese company Suzuki and Mitsubishi Motors -- are also in a race, but this time, it is to exit from the shrinking market in Europe before it becomes too late.

Yes, Suzuki and Mitsubishi Motors are the latest of the carmakers that are saying goodbye to their diesel-powered offerings in Europe, in light of the growing dislike for such engine technology in the region. They will be joining fellow Japanese carmaker Nissan and Toyota in getting rid of diesel vehicles from their European lineup.

Interestingly, Mitsubishi Motors’ decision isn't really surprising as 34 percent of the carmaker is owned by Nissan and the company is also a part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Mitsubishi has already halted sales of new diesel car in the United Kingdom. It has also stopped sales of diesel-powered cars in Germany. The only diesel vehicles that would remain in Mitsubishi’s lineup are its pickups, but that would only be for the short term. Diesel offerings accounted up to 30 percent of the Japanese carmaker’s sales in Europe in 2017.

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Mitsubishi managed to post an operating profit in Europe after three years of financial bleeding

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. finally managed to post an operating profit in Europe after three years of financial bleeding, thanks to favorable exchange rates, strong demand for its Outlander plug-in hybrid and the shutdown of its site in the Netherlands. Following a JPY7 billion operating loss in fiscal 2012, Mitsubishi Motors Europe posted JPY37 billion (EUR261 million) in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014.

Helping boost Mitsubishi’s earnings is the yen, which weakness hikes the yen value of earnings from abroad and renders Japanese exports more competitive globally. In fact, the depreciation of the Japanese currency contributed JPY65.9 billion to Mitsubishi’s overall profit in its 2013-2014 fiscal year.

Sans such factor, Mitsubishi’s operating profit would have dropped 15 percent to JPY58 billion. The carmaker posted a 15-percent surge in global net sales to JPY2.1 billion; an 83-percent jump in operating profit to JPY123 billion; and an operating margin of 5.9 percent.

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Mitsubishi expects higher sales in Europe for plug-in hybrid of next ASX

Mitsubishi is expecting sales of a plug-in hybrid version of the next ASX compact SUV to surpass the success of the gasoline and diesel variants in Europe, President Osamu Masuko told Automotive News Europe at the Tokyo Auto Show. Mitsubishi is selling the ASX as the RVR in Japan and Outlander Sport in North America.

Mitsubishi is expected to introduce the ASX successor with a plug-in hybrid variant within three years. At the show, Mitsubishi unveiled the XR-PHEV concept that previews the next ASX.

Masuko remarked that the mainstream variant in mature markets such as Japan and Europe will be the plug-in hybrid version. The vehicle will be the carmaker's second plug-in hybrid after the Outlander, which is already being sold in some markets in Europe.

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Mitsubishi replaces the Colt with the smaller Space Star in Europe

Mitsubishi has introduced the smaller Space Star, the replacement for the Colt subcompact hatchback. According to a report from Automotive News Europe, a Mitsubishi spokesman said that because of the fuel efficiency of the Space Star and its retail price of 9,690 euros, its market share will increase compared to its competition like the Nissan Micra and the Fiat Panda.

Mitsubishi said that the model is expected to reach annual sales of about 20,000 units in Europe, which include Russia and the Ukraine. The automaker anticipates that Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Austria, and Norway will be the largest markets in Europe. JATO Dynamics said that last year, Mitsubishi sold 18,140 Colts in Europe.

This quarter, the Space Star started to be shipped to dealerships in Europe from Mitsubishi's factory in Laem Chabang, Thailand. Ian Fletcher, an analyst for IHS Automotive, said that this model is expected to appeal to customers who are more concerned about reliability than style.

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The new head of Mitsubishi Motors’ European operations has been revealed -- 57-year-old Tomohisa Nishina. He is the successor to Akinori Nakanishi who was named the corporate general manager of the North American office at Mitsubishi's global headquarters in Tokyo. From 2003 and 2007, Nishina was Mitsubishi's general manager for ordering and planning in Europe.

When he returned to Japan, he served as the general manager for the export department. He has been with Mitsubishi for 33 years. His current responsibility is to stabilize Mitsubishi sales in a challenging European region where three new products will arrive within the next 18 months. In 2011, Mitsubishi’s sales climbed by around 7% to 150,000 units in its 34-market European region, including the EU, Turkey and Israel.

A spokesman said that the company is aiming to maintain last year’s volume however he didn’t provide a specific target for 2012. He explained that it isn’t a good idea to offer a solid forecast for 2012 due to the “volatile and unpredictable economic environment.”

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The new subcompact by Mitsubishi Motors that’s meant for Europe recently debuted at the Bangkok Auto Show. This car would be the replacement for the poor-selling Colt that’s presently produced at the Born, Netherlands plant. When compared to the Colt, this model has greater length and width but is actually lighter.

Production at Mitsubishi’s Born plant will end this year and will depend instead on its low-cost factory in Laem Chabang, Thailand. This will compete with the other models in the subcompact segment, Europe's largest segment in terms of volume. Market researcher JATO Dynamics said that in 2011, sales of the ageing Colt fell 14 percent to 31,263 units last year.

Outside of Europe, this subcompact will be named the Mirage. Mitsubishi has yet to announce the name that will be used in Europe where it will start selling early next year.

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Mitsubishi will end its production at its Netherlands Car facility, its only western European plant, by the end of this year. This action was expected considering that the automaker's European sales declined to a third of its topmost figure. The NedCar plant manufactures the Outlander SUV and the Colt subcompact. However, it only comprises less than 5% of the company's worldwide output of 1.1 million units in the year until last March.

The plant employs around 1,500 people. The demand in western Europe is anticipated to remain slow-moving; thus, automakers have been changing their focus to eastern Europe and other emerging markets where sales growth rates are forecasted to be higher.

The output at NedCar has sagged to 50,000 units annually compared with its 200,000 peak capacity. There have been rumors that Mitsubishi could close the NedCar facility after it announced it would not manufacture the Colt in Europe at the end of 2012. The Japanese company stated that no decision has been made yet regarding what to do with the factory. It will supply automobiles to the European market from Thailand and Japan.

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Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said in a statement that it will commence European sales of its new-generation i-MiEV EV, which the carmaker started producing in October 2010. Mitsubishi told Automotive News Europe that about 200 units have now been sent to dealers in 15 countries around Europe.

After local incentives in France, the basic model will cost EUR29,970 ($40,172). Mitsubishi said that in other countries where no such incentives exist, it targets a range of EUR33,000 to EUR35,000 depending on tax system and market situation in each country.

It revealed that new features added to the i-MiEV for the European market include electronic stability control, a different front and rear bumper design and a re-arranged center stack for an improved interior feel.

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Mitsubishi Motors Corp. may cut back its European production as it intends to halt the assembly of its Colt subcompact in the Netherlands at the end of 2012, according to a report from Japanese trade paper Asahi.

Ever since Mitsubishi’s former top shareholder Daimler AG withdrew Smart production from the factory that they operated jointly, Mitsubishi’s Dutch NedCar plant has been underused.

The factory has an annual capacity of 100,000 units but in fiscal 2009, it only produced about 50,000 vehicles -- 39,000 units of Colt and about 11,000 units of Outlander spot utility vehicle (SUV).

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A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning fleet testing of Mitsubishi Motors's zero on-road emission iMiEV electric vehicle with the Principality of Monaco was signed yesterday by the Principality of Monaco, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Europe B.V. and MC Automobile (Europe) N.V., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation.

The MoU demonstrates the common interests of the parties in exploring EVs for the sake of sustainable mobility.

It is the intention of Monaco to acquire a fleet of EVs that has the least CO2 emission rating, to use for electric transport, and desires to be a leader in the field of EVs among the nations of the world.

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It was just several months ago when European commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska called diesel-powered cars as the technology of the past, even giving a prediction that these vehicles will completely disappear in the near future. While it is still too early to say whether her statement will come a true or not, but carmakers are facing a harsh reality for now – public demand for diesel cars are dropping in a fast pace in Europe.

Public sentiment towards diesel cars in Europe has been dropping for the past years, with more and more consumers in the region looking to purchase cleaner, more environment-friendly vehicles. While Europe has been considered as the largest market for diesel cars since the 1980s, but the hunger for such vehicles has been waning lately. It was really evident from how carmakers across Europe has been shying away from diesel cars and pursuing electrification. Nonetheless, the latest available figures on sales of diesel cars are a better proof.

According to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), there is really a huge decline in the demand for diesel cars. Since its statement is backed by numbers, it is really quite hard to deny the fact. As per IEA, diesel cars hold a large chunk of the automotive market in Europe, accounting for 42.5 percent of all sales as of start of 2017. But a year after at the start of 2018, the market share of diesel cars in Europe had shrunk to 36.5 percent. Overall during the period, carmakers manage to just move 3.12 million diesel cars to customers in Europe, for a huge decline of 16 percent, according to IEA.

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Ford is giving potential Fiesta customers more reasons to purchase its world-renowned subcompact. Two of these are the introductions of new sporty model based from the ST-Line trim of the Ford Fiesta. New customers can now indulge with the new Ford Fiesta ST-Line Red Edition and the Fiesta ST-Line Black Edition. Ford is now selling the Ford Fiesta ST-Line Red Edition and Fiesta ST-Line Black Edition models in selected markets in Europe.

According to the carmaker, the ST-Line trim accounts for around 20 percent of total Fiesta sales this year. Perhaps the satisfying demand for the ST-Line – which endows the Fiesta a sportier and more dynamic appearance – has led Ford to create two new special editions based on this trim. These new editions – the new Ford Fiesta ST-Line Red Edition and the Fiesta ST-Line Black Edition feature distinctive exterior and interior elements that make them stand out from the rest.

Making full use of Ford Performance-inspired styling, these new Ford Fiesta ST-Line edition models are available in three- and five-door body styles. Both the new Ford Fiesta ST-Line Red Edition and the Fiesta ST-Line Black Edition are served by Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine that deliver 140 PS of max output, as complemented by sports suspension. This engine is mated to a low-friction six-speed manual gearbox.

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Toyota sports car fans and enthusiasts are getting excited about the possibility that the Japanese carmaker would be releasing a new Toyota GR 86 and a new Toyota Yaris GR 86. This comes after Toyota filed an application to trademark the GR 86 and GR Yaris with the European Trademark and Design Network.

The trademark filing for the GR 86 and the GR Yaris names was made with the Swiss trademark office on September 18, 2018. However, the European Trademark and Design Network hasn’t approved Toyota’s registration application as of this writing.

It was a year ago when Toyota made public its plans to its new "GR" sports car series. GR stands for Gazoo Racing that the Japanese carmaker is positioning as its performance brand. Gazoo Racing is a company within Toyota that is in charge of refining its cars while training its staff via world-renowned motor sports activities like the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and the All-Japan Rally Championship. Toyota’s new GR sports car series are meant to be the product of the knowledge, expertise and experience earned from participating in motor sports activities.

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Hyundai Motor continues to make its i30 range more appealing by offering a new diesel engine that is compliant with Euro 6d Temp emission standards. For the 2019 model year, all of Hyundai’s refined i30 models are compliant with new emission standards while boasting of minor tweaks in design and latest connectivity elements.

The 2019 Hyundai i30 range – which include the i30 five-door, i30 Wagon, i30 Fastback and i30 N -- is now available with the newly developed Smartstream 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that is available in three power outputs: 96 PS (70 kW), 116 PS (85 kW) and 136 PS (100 kW).

Mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, the 96-PS version of the Smartstream 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine consumes between 3.8 liters and 3.9 liters of diesel per 100 km and emits between 99 grams and 104 grams of carbon dioxide per km (combined, NEDC conversion).

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Right now, if you check the Mercedes-Benz G Class configurator online, you will be given two options, namely the G500 and the G63. The G500 first came out in January with the launch of the W464 at NAIAS in Detroit, and the G63 made its first appearance in Geneva a few weeks after the first one. For those of you who are looking for a more low end torque, then you will need to wait until the end of the year to place an order for a diesel powered G in Europe.

If you speak to the guys behind the Mercedes-Benz Passion Blog, they will tell you that the diesel G-Class that takes the shape of the G350d 4Matic model will be available in Germany by December. At the same time, production will begin during this time but deliveries will not begin until March 2019 at the earliest. The report then says that dealers will get the first diesel models for potential clients to try out sometime in spring of next year.

You might be wondering what the original identity of the diesel engine is. Well, it is actually the OM 656 that we saw last year together with the S-Class facelift. This was eventually launched in other models like the CLS. In the S350d sedan, it pumps out 286 horsepower (210 kilowatts) and 600 Newton metres (443 pound feet) of torque. Moving on to the S400d, it has a little more output, at 340 horsepower (250 kilowatts) and 700 Newton metres (516 pound feet) of torque.

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Earlier this week, we talked about Volkswagen’s plans to halt the production of the US spec Passat for a few weeks during spring. And now, we just learned new things about its European counterpart. The Wolfsburg based manufacturer said that the Euro spec Passat will be out in the market very soon, though they did not give a particular date.

Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Volkswagen brand, said in his speech at the annual Volkswagen Media Conference, that the Passat is almost ready to arrive in dealerships across the Old Continent. But he stops there and does not give any other details. However, he did mention that the Passat will be available as Variant and hybrid models.

Unlike the US spec Passat, the European variant of the model sits on an MQB platform. The eighth generation of the D segment vehicle was launched way back in 2014, as a premium car that is still affordable to most. This model will be available as a traditional sedan, a practical wagon, and a rugged Alltrack wagon.

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A couple of years ago, Mitsubishi introduced the Outlander PHEV. And by now, they are giving the plug-in hybrid SUV a significant update for the 2019 model year, a few months after launching the model in the United States. The most important change though is found under the hood. This is because the former Otto-cycle 2.0 liter gasoline engine has been replaced by a larger Atkinson cycle 2.4 liter unit.

Mitsubishi decided not to share output number, but instead, they said that the torque has gone beyond 186 Newton metres (137 pound feet), which is attainable at 4,500 rpm in the previous Outlander PHEV. Meanwhile, efficiency has improved and a smoother operation is expected from it. The vehicle’s output remains a mystery to us at this point, but for what it is worth, the 2.0 liter engine had an output of 118 horsepower (87 kilowatts) at 4,500 rpm.

Furthermore, the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV benefits from a 10 percent generator output hike and a 10% boost of the rear motor’s output. They also decided to tweak its lithium ion battery pack that has a capacity of 13.8 kilowatts per hours, which has increased from the previous 12 kWh. Furthermore, the battery’s output has improved by 10 percent. These revisions also affected the electric range compared to the outgoing model with 22 miles too.

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Congested city traffic is a stark contrast to the freedom of marine navigation. But for those who want to experience lavishness in a small urban mobility package like the smart fortwo cabrio, German tuning company Brabus and luxury yacht-maker Sunseeker London Group has an enticing proposition – the new Brabus Smart ForTwo Ultimate Sunseeker Limited Edition “One of Ten.”

The new Brabus Ultimate Sunseeker Limited Edition “One of Ten” is a city sports car jointly created by the collaboration between Brabus and Sunseeker. This limited edition city car -- marking the two brand’s first joint luxury car -- was unveiled during the grand opening of their joint “KÖ90” flagship store in Königsallee 90 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

As a creation of one of the renowned tuners in the automotive world, the Brabus Ultimate Sunseeker Limited Edition “One of Ten” is provided with special sporty elements and some tuning works. Likewise, the limited edition is identified also as a creation of Sunseeker through the Sunseeker logo on the rear and the two mirror triangles as well as a nautical compass on each side of the tridion cell. The limited edition is wrapped in a “Midnight Sapphire” special metallic blue finish that is contrasted at the rear and sides with “Silver Lake Metallic” accents.

Read the entire article Boating-inspired Brabus Smart Fortwo Sunseeker is priced at 59,900 euros

In today’s world, there are a lot of pros and cons that this highly digital world has brought to us. We’ve become so used to instant gratification that having to wait for something we really want can be excruciating. When most things can arrive in what seems to be a blink of an eye, a wait of nearly two years to get your hands on the Ford GT must feel terrible. That is indeed a serious type of punishment.

This is the experience of about 6,500 car enthusiasts from all over the world who applied to purchase one of the first 500 Ford GT supercars. Yes, this model has been available in the United States for quite some time now. That’s why it’s a big deal when you’re one of the first persons in Europe to get the keys to the GT.

The lucky customer who is the first to receive this GT in Scandinavia is Jason Watt. He used to be a racing driver in Denmark. Back in 1999, he got into a major motorcycle accident, which resulted to his body being paralyzed from the chest down.

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As of today, Jeep’s smallest SUV would be the Renegade, measuring just over 13 feet (396 centimeters) long, and 5 feet (152 cm) tall. To compare that with its largest range topping model, the Grand Cherokee has impressive dimensions of 16 feet (487 cm) long and almost 6 feet (182 cm) tall - that depends on the trim level still. Now, the American automaker believes that they could go another size down from the Renegade, as they plan to introduce a new SUV to be built in Europe.

In an interview between Automotive News and Mike Manley, the automaker’s CEO, he mentioned that the company is looking into an SUV that will be sized smaller than the Renegade, which he refers to as the “baby” Jeep. If this model pushes through as planned, it will be built in Europe, and will be sold in markets outside of the United States. Too bad, the Americans won’t get a mini Jeep.

If everything goes as planned, the baby Jeep will be built where the Fiat Panda minicar is being built, at FCA’s factory in Pomigliano, near Naples in Italy. According to some sources, the American automaker has been tossing around the idea of a baby SUV at FCA’s Pomigliano plant since early last year, telling them that this model could be built on the same platform as the Panda, 500 minicars, and the Lancia Ypsilon. However, this project has suffered many stops and starts.

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