• Jan 18th 2011 at 11:31AM
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The 2011 Geneva Motor Show may still be over a month and a half away, but that isn't stopping Mitsubishi from letting us all in on what the company is planning on bringing to the party. While the automaker intends to show off a total of nine different vehicles (mostly made up of things we've already seen), the most exciting of that gaggle is the Concept Global Small. Aside from the Yoda-inspired naming structure, the vehicle should give the world an inkling into what we can expect from the next small car from Mitsubishi. This new compact vehicle is slated to enter production in 2012.

Mitsubishi says that the Concept Global Small is imbued with the notions of compact size, affordability and high fuel-efficiency. To that end, the car that will bow in Geneva will boast a 1.0 or 1.2-liter gasoline engine with a regenerative braking system, a stop-start mechanism to conserve fuel and a thrifty CVT gearbox. In addition, the Japanese automaker says that the concept has been trimmed of as much weight as possible and wears bodywork penned to be extremely aerodynamic. Hit the jump for the press release.

[Source: Mitsubishi]


~ Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will give the global premiere of the Mitsubishi Global Small vehicle at the 81st Geneva International Motor Show ~

Tokyo, January 18, 2011 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will give the global premiere of the Mitsubishi Concept Global Small (show model), a concept car based on the features of "compact", "affordability", and "high fuel efficiency" at the 81st Geneva International Motor Show which runs from March 1 through March 13 at the Geneva Palexpo exhibition and conference complex (opening to the general public on March 3). MMC will display a total of 12 vehicles (6 during press days), including vehicles already on sale in Europe, in addition to the 100% electric i-MiEV, of which about 2,500 units1 have already been shipped to Europe within three months since its start of production and shipment in October 2010.

The Mitsubishi Concept Global Small is the concept model of the compact passenger vehicle that is planned for production in March of 2012 at the MMC's new third factory in Thailand.

The features of the Mitsubishi Concept Global Small include good manoeuvrability and easy operation, inherent features of a compact car, accomplished in to a highly efficient package that can comfortably seat five adults. In addition, the Mitsubishi Concept Global Small achieves top-of-class fuel efficiency, with CO2 emissions in the mid-90g/km range due to:

* Usage of an idling stop mechanism
* A 1.0 – 1.2L class compact engine equipped with a regenerative braking system
* Weight trimming to the most complex parts
* Reduced running resistance in the engine, new-generation CVT, brakes, and tyres
* A body shape that greatly reduces aerodynamic resistance.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn elegant and sexy
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you take off the badge, does it say "Mitsubishi" when you look at it?

        Is it memorable? Not really.

        It just doesn't do anything for me. It's beige.

        And just because it goes into the wind tunnel, that doesn't mean it can't look good. Look at the new Impreza "design concept". It looks great. Or the new Sonata. Awesome sales.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe too much - it's lacking in visual "oomph" - where's the boldness that's needed to break out of their current funk?
        • 4 Years Ago
        John H. thinks there's a Subaru that looks better then a Mitsubishi. I'm shocked.

        The trapezoidal grille, the angry eyes, the smallish fish mouth grille all scream Mitsubishi to me, even though it is more wind contoured then usual.
        • 4 Years Ago
        John, I agree that the design lacks oomph, but in the future, I think the oomph and the inspiration for small cars will come primarily from the economy stats and the coolness of the underlying technology. Prius sold better in the US in its old jelly-bean guise. When we reach a new mpg plateau, styling will probably be the undisputed sales-king again.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This car is shaped by the wind tunnel to be as fuel efficient as possible. It is also designed to appeal to as many people as possible. Funky design cues for the sake of being funky were wisely avoided. Cars that put function before form usually look bland especially cheap ones like this. They did a good job of making it look graceful and easy to look at and not at all like an appliance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Evo is the definitive Mitsu, and while I can sort see what you're talking about, this car just doesn't have the same mojo as it's bigger brother.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the very definition of generic. When you are a market leader, going for bland styling and me-too technology makes sense. When you are Mitsubishi, it's harder to understand the strategy. Perhaps it will be exceptionally light and economical, but the company certain is not doing itself any favors by releasing a teaser that does not actually tease anyone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Autoblog is calling it a teaser, not Mitsubishi. Plus, it is a show model - not a production model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it! it has the same "bulldog" stance as the Outlander Sport. Nice and clean without a lot of froufrou details... I like the development of the "large mouth" seen on current Mitsus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the Fiesta with the C-Max Energi grill. Is Mitsubishi relevant in this market even?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Really glad to see that someone will be serving the long neglected economy segment in the US. The major manufacturers have decided to plow their money into fuel-sipping devices on high-margin premium models (e.g. Leaf, Volt, Prius, F-150 Ecoboost, Camry hybrid, etc).

      Since, Mitsubishi, Mazda, and Suzuki are all fading away in the US market, they would be wise to offer products to Americans who want Prius economy for less than $20,000. They already do it in every other market on earth, it's time for them to do it in the US as well.

      Looking forward to Mazda's new SkyActiv rollout. Those engines are supposed to be really cool. This Mitsubishi should be really good as well as long as they get the price and reliability right.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is what would happen if you made a Sebring into a small hatchback.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bah. It's not like Mitsubishi is long for the U.S. market anyway.
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