Mitsubishi i-MiEV - Click above for high-res image gallery
Effective immediately, residents of the former British colony of Hong Kong can officially purchase a Mitsubishi i-MiEV at the not-so-bargain-basement price of $50,000 (U.S. Dollars). We admit that the price seems quite high when you compare it with the Nissan Leaf's European price of $37,000 (USD), but then again, the Leaf is not available in Hong Kong, so the i-MiEV really has no direct competition. Perhaps partially as a result of its pricing strategy, Mitsubishi is only hoping to sell 50 i-MiEVs in Hong Kong by year's end – not exactly record shattering numbers.
The reception of the i-MiEV has been lukewarm so far. The company has sold about 1,400 to municipalities and fleets in Japan last year and just recently opened sales to the public. The little electric certainly hasn't drawn the amount of attention that the Leaf has, but it's still an interesting vehicle that ought to appeal to buyers interested in a tiny electric that can scoot through congested cities with ease. Hat tip to Roy!