Mitsubishi teases Concept Global Small ahead of Geneva debut

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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