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Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV Electric Vehicle at the Melbourne International Motor Show
Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited’s (MMAL) ground-breaking all electric vehicle, the i-MiEV, will take pride of place on the Mitsubishi Motors stand at this year’s Melbourne International Motor Show, ahead of its public sale debut in August.
While the vehicles on the test program and on display at the show will be the current model, MMAL has just announced the new 2012 model – which features a host of safety and comfort specification upgrades – will arrive in Australia in a matter of weeks.
And the best news of all is that the 2012 model will be the first-ever all electric vehicle available on the Australian market for both private and corporate owners to purchase outright.
The i-MiEV, which stands for Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle, first arrived in Australia in July last year, when 110 were leased to local, state and federal governments and selected innovative organisations, prompting a large number of public enquiries.
Sales of the i-MiEV to individuals will begin from mid-August when the first shipment of MY 12 i-MiEVs arrive in Australia. The significantly decreased recommended retail price of $48,800 represents a price reduction of almost 23 per cent over the previous model, providing the latest EV technology at a more affordable price.
The MY12 i-MiEV includes additional features over the original i-MiEV, boosting the vehicle’s occupant safety and comfort levels.
Safety has been enhanced with the addition of side and curtain airbags, taking the total number of airbags in the vehicle to six. The addition of Electronic Stability Control to the previous model’s Active Stability and Traction Control and braking system helps the i-MiEV maintain traction on slippery or rugged surfaces and ensures stability and prevents loss of control when cornering. An In-Cable Charging Circuit Interrupt Device has been added to the vehicle’s electric management system and provides an extra safety precaution when recharging.
Finally, the vehicle is secured by the MiEV OS (MiEV Operating System), an advanced integrated vehicle management system that will instantly shut down all high voltage electric system should an impact occur.
The European-styled upgrades to the MY12 i-MiEV’s exterior include a larger rear bumper which adds a stylish finish and complements the vehicle’s smooth lines. Auto Lighting control and Multimode Keyless entry complete the upgrades to the 2012 model and enhance the overall i-MiEV experience.
The i-MiEV is available in six stylish colours; White, Black, Cool Silver, Ocean Blue, Raspberry Red and Titanium Grey.
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV will be available from selected Mitsubishi dealers in all capital cities from mid-August. In the interim period, all customer enquiries regarding the availability of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV should be directed to 1300 13 12 11.
Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited recommends that the i-MiEV electric vehicle always be charged using renewable or “green” energy.
For further information contact:
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: 08 8275 2348
Mobile: 0408 320 797
Corporate Communications Manager
Phone: 08 8275 7250
Mobile: 0417 243 719
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Mitsubishi Motors Australia is part of the global Mitsubishi Motors organisation and is fully owned by Mitsubishi, one of the world's largest companies.
The company's history dates back to 1870, when Mitsubishi's Japanese founder, Yataro Iwasaki, started a shipping company with three steamships. The company grew from strength to strength and, in 1914, registered the Mitsubishi three-diamond trademark. This symbol embodies more than 130 years of tradition, and has earned the confidence and trust of customers all over the world.
Mitsubishi takes great pride from knowing that more than 11 million people from around the world have chosen to drive a Mitsubishi vehicle. There are Mitsubishi dealers in more than 200 sites across Australia. These professional and knowledgeable dealers help owners ensure their Mitsubishi car is always looked after by fully-trained Mitsubishi technicians, using genuine Mitsubishi parts that meet stringent global standards.