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2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV has a MSRP of $15,495 (after $7,500 tax credit)

The new 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV will not only feature an expanded standard equipment package but it will also get a $6,130 price cut over the 2012 model, according to Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA). The 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES model -- which features CHAdeMO DC quick charge port, battery warming system and heated side view mirrors – is now available for only $22,995, sans Federal tax credit.

If the $7,500 Federal tax credit is factored in, the 2014 i-MiEV ES will have a net MSRP of the $15,495. The technologically-advanced 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES could further benefit from the generous financial incentives offered by numerous states and municipalities for environment friendly vehicles.

For instance, residents in California could avail of EV financial incentive of up to $2,500, thus bringing down the net price of the 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES from the initial $22,995 to $12,995. This low price for an EV offers a good value as the 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV features a more comprehensive standard equipment package. So far, Mitsubishi has sold over 30,000 Mitsubishi i-MiEV and i-MiEV-based production vehicles around the world – including the United States, Europe and Asia.

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Two MiEV Evolution II to compete in Pikes Peak race

Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. will field two MiEV Evolution II pure-electric race cars in the Electric Vehicle Division of the world-famous 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) scheduled on June 30, 2013 near Colorado Springs, Colorado. The racing EVs will be driven by two-time Dakar Rally overall champion Hiroshi Masuoka returns and six-time Pikes Peak overall motorcycle champion Greg Tracy. The Mitsubishi Motors Racing Team tested its MiEV Evolution II racing units at Pikes Peak on June 15 and 16, 2013. The vehicle testing showed that the team's EV racing prototypes are all ready to challenge the Race to the Clouds. The MiEV Evolution II boasts of a distinct four-motor drivetrain -- two in the front and another two in the rear -- based on a modified high-output version of the production Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle motor.

The MiEV Evolution II also boasts of a tube-frame chassis, Mitsubishi's advanced Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive technology and aerodynamically enhanced carbon-fiber bodywork. It features state-of-the-art high-capacity lithium-ion batteries produced by Lithium Energy Japan (LEJ). The 2012 edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb saw the debut of Mitsubishi Motors in the EV Division. The team's i-MiEV Evolution racing prototype driven by Masuoka managed to secure the second spot in the EV class. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a 12.42-mile snake-like course that starts at an elevation of 9,390 feet and finishes at 14,110 feet.

"I was very impressed with the performance and capabilities of last year's Pikes Peak racing car," said Masuoka. "But the improved power output, Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) handling and level of downforce exhibited from this year's all-new MiEV Evolution II is remarkable." Teammate Greg Tracy also came away impressed with the unique quad-motor 400 kW (536 bhp) all-electric race car. "Having watched Mitsubishi Motors' success last year in their inaugural Pikes Peak run, and having used Mitsubishi's S-AWC in my World Record Loop at the X Games, I was honored to be given the opportunity to race for MMNA in the EV Division. Having now tested the car, I am even more thrilled."

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Mitsubishi recalling i-MiEV, Outlander PHEV in Japan due to battery problems

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is recalling its i-MiEV units in Japan due to a production glitch that caused one lithium ion battery pack to melt and another to catch fire in March 2013. The carmaker will recall over 4,000 vehicles with the potentially faulty batteries in Japan starting mid-July. Mitsubishi has sold a small number of affected i-MiEVs in Europe and the United States.

Also affected is Mitsubishi’s Outlander plug-in hybrid crossover sold only in Japan. The carmaker has stopped production and sales of the affected vehicles. According to Mitsubishi spokeswoman Namie Koketsu, they are preparing appropriate measures for markets outside Japan, which may mean a similar recall in the US.

The carmaker said in April it had contacted drivers in the US about the glitch. The carmaker has come up with a solution to the problem in May that could prevent the defects.Koketsu said the new process will produce replacement batteries for the cars being recalled.

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Mitsubishi i-MiEV all-electric prototype race car coming to 2012 Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Mitsubishi intends to enter the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with an all-electric prototype racecar based on its production i-MiEV electric car. On July 8, the i-MiEV Prototype will be driven at Pikes Peak by Hiroshi Masuoka, a two-time winner of the Dakar Rally. The racecar is not in any way similar to the egg-shaped five-door hatchback that was produced in Japan since 2009.

The i-MiEV Prototype is a purpose-built closed-cockpit single-seater design for maximum downforce. Mitsubishi said that the same EV drive components used on the prototype racer will make it to the production i-MiEV, which is offered in the U.S. as the Mitsubishi i.

Mitsubishi said that the company will use information from the event to improve the durability and reliability of pure EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs so that it could go to the entire market.

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The U.S. delivery of the i-MiEV next-generation electric vehicle has started, according to Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA), the U.S. subsidiary of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. A special ceremony took place at the Green Vehicle Showcase located in front of San Francisco City Hall Plaza on Dec. 8 to mark the first fleet delivery of the all-new 100% electric-powered 2012 Mitsubishi i. The ceremony was attended by representatives from MMNA and San Rafael Mitsubishi.

The vehicle was delivered to the California Bay Area's City CarShare, a Bay Area non-profit organization founded in 2001. This group aims to promote innovative mobility options for the improvement of the Bay Area environment as well as its quality of life.

By offering short-term access to cars, City CarShare is reducing traffic congestion, parking problems and oil reliance while promoting cleaner air and quieter streets.

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Mitsubishi Motors Corp. intends to sell 2,000 units of its new i electric vehicle in North America by April, the company’s EV strategy leader disclosed. The i arrives at North American retailers in November.

Sales in North America of the i, which is known as i-MiEV in Europe and Japan, are expected to increase to 20,000 units each year by the Japanese fiscal year ending in March 2016, according to senior executive officer Yoshikazu Nakamura at Mitsubishi's EV business office.

He added that by then, the company will have released at least three electric or plug-in hybrid cars in the U.S., on top of the i. The first of these additional electric models is expected to be a plug-in hybrid variant of the company’s Outlander crossover, which is set to come to the U.S. by April 2013.

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Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has launched two new versions of the i-MiEV electric car. These are the “M” variant with a reduced price, and the “G” variant with an extended range. The company was the first major carmaker to mass-produce pure electric vehicles with the egg-shaped i-MiEV.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV also leads the segment so far with 10,000 units sold all over the world since mid-2009. It has exported another 4,000 EVs for sale under PSA Peugeot-Citroen's brands.

On the other hand, its Japanese rival Nissan Motor Co. has sold 8,500 units of Leaf EVs around the world since it was launched in December 2010. Nissan aims to dominate the EV market with its French partner Renault SA.

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Canadian fans have recently received information on the pricing and trim levels for the i-MiEV electric vehicle from Mitsubishi Motors that it describes as the pinnacle of its green technologies.

It is priced from CAD32,998 or USD33,891 at the current exchange rates. Canadians will only be getting the global form as the longer and wider i version will not be offered since it’s exclusive to the U.S. Two trim levels are available.

The standard one features air con, heating for the driver’s seat and keyless entry – items that are found in a regular car. The premium package uses a bigger set of wheels and is installed with a better stereo and navigation.

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The i electric vehicle from Mitsubishi Motors North America has a starting price of $27,990 (plus shipping), making it the cheapest all-electric vehicle in the U.S. The small EV, which will go on sale late this year, is Mitsubishi's first project in its intention to be reinvented as a global leader of electric as well as fuel-efficient gasoline-powered vehicles.

At the New York auto show, Mitsubishi revealed that the car will be priced from $20,490 after a federal tax credit of $7,500 is deducted.

Mitsubishi hasn't indicated how much the delivery charge is but its other models have a freight charge of $780. In comparison, the Nissan Leaf is priced from $33,630, inclusive of delivery charge, before federal tax incentives.

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Rinspeed unveiled two modified versions of the Mitsubishi iMiEV at the Geneva Motor Show. Specifically, the visitors to Rinspeed’s booth will get to see customized iMiEV twins, a bright yellow one and a matte red one, with Akzo Nobel supplying the exterior colors. The vehicles will also feature Foliatec carbon-fiber films on the front, roof and rear.

Furthermore, the Swiss company has added a H&R lowering suspension and a set of three-piece Works rims that are covered with Goodyear Eagle F1 tires.

Its interior features colorful topstitching and playful variations, using black, red and yellow, combining masculine and feminine notes. It also has been fitted with several sporty features including Sparco shifter and pedals and Recaro Cross Sporster CS seats.

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The four-star rating given by Euro NCAP to the electric plug-in vehicle, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, proves that safety doesn’t need to be compromised in zero-emissions vehicles. The i-MiEV has the same rating as its twin models, the Citroën C-Zero and Peugeot iOn, which have the same design and safety equipment.

According to Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP’s Secretary General, Mitsubishi’s efforts to demonstrate that plug-in battery powered cars can be as safe as others were recognized. Van Ratingen said that this shows that a future 5 star rating for EVs is possible.

He added that whether a vehicle is built by established carmakers or by new players on the market, consumers should expect to get electric vehicles that meet the same safety standards as conventional vehicles.

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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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At last, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced today that the North American version of the i-MiEV new-generation electric vehicle will make its debut at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, next week.

Together with this announcement, the Japanese manufacturer also released the first photos with the new car.

Still, this is not the only surprise from the LA Auto Show, as the carmaker is also bringing the Outlander Sport compact CUV (RVR in Japan, ASX in Europe), a new car that will go on sale in North America by the end of this year.

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For the current financial year, which ends March 31, 2011, Mitsubishi expects to produce 9,000 units of its i-MiEV electric vehicle, as well as its sister models, the Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero. Mitsubishi said that it intends to export 5,000 i-MiEVs, including models built for PSA/Peugeot-Citroen SA, during this time period.

Meanwhile, the market in Japan will receive the remaining 4,000 units. A Mitsubishi spokesman said that for the 2011 to 2012 financial year, production will be increased to 18,000; and for 2012 to 2013, it will be raised even further to 40,000. The battery-powered minicar is slated to make its arrival in the US in late 2011.

Last week, Mitsubishi’s factory in Mizushima, Japan, has started production of its European-spec i-MiEV, along with the iOn and C-Zero. Since last year, Mitsubishi has been building and selling the Japan-spec i-MiEV.

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Mitsubishi Motors' customers in the UK will be pleased to know that the i-MiEV's launch pricing has been reduced to £28,990 for orders placed for delivery starting January 1, 2011. This announcement coincides with the UK Government's consumer incentive of £5,000. This means that each i-MiEV will be priced at only £23,990.

With this price realignment, it is obvious that Mitsubishi Motors fully intends to be first to promote and establish itself in the electric vehicle market.

Lance Bradley, the Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said that the i-MiEV will remain first in all respects. He said that for the last 2 to 3 years, Mitsubishi has led in the UK's EV market a recognition that it intends to maintain.

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Aside from importing the i-MiEV electric minicar, Mitsubishi may also be giving U.S. dealers a gasoline version of the little four-passenger car. The i-MiEV would be competing against the Smart minicar. The Smart is imported from Europe, where Daimler AG builds it using a Mitsubishi engine.

The gasoline-powered i-MiEV is actually already being sold in Japan and Europe. It has a small turbocharged 660cc gasoline engine, which is a powerplant smaller than those in many American motorcycles.

For the US market, it's likely the gasoline engine would be replaced with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine without turbocharging, says John Koenig, executive vice president for operations at Mitsubishi Motors North America. The Smart has the same 1.0-liter Mitsubishi engine but that's where the similarities end.

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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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Mitsubishi is set to usher in the New Year with the delivery of 25 i-MiEVs in the UK. Its distributor, Colt Car Company, will be bringing these cars to the UK as part of a demonstration program for electric and ultra-low-carbon vehicles run by the West Midlands region.

In a release, Mitsubishi said that this program will begin this month and will be led by the TSB.

Mitsubishi intends to work with municipalities, electric power companies, automobile makers, among others, in a collaborative effort to promote ultra-low-carbon vehicles.

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When Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car will be eligible for a £5,000 government grant for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2011, it will be priced at £33,699. The current price is £38,699.

This grant is substantial but it still leaves the price of the i-MiEV to be higher than other premium models, including the mid-spec BMW 5-Series, an entry-level Jaguar XF or the top-spec Lexus IS or Lotus Elise.

Lance Bradley, Mitsubishi Motors UK's managing director, acknowledged the high asking price. He said that new technologies command a premium and that while others make price claims and estimations, Mitsubishi's vehicle is available now and is proven in the real world.

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Several images were made available by Mitsubishi late last month for its latest electric-only sports car concept which it will showcase at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Just lately more sketches were revealed for a second EV concept, the most current prototype iMiEV, to be unveiled also in the Geneva show.

The iMiEV is derived from the present iMiEV all-electric hatch that is currently viability testing in Europe.

The revealing of this latest concept is intended to publicly showcase the technology from now until the car's ultimate sales opening.

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