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  Geneva & Frankfurt Motor Shows 2005  
       Colt coupe-cabriolet concept

Tokyo, March 1, 2005 Mitsubishi Motors Corporation unveiled the new Colt coupe-cabriolet concept, developed with the cooperation of Pininfarina S.p.A of Italy as a cabriolet version of the Colt, at the 75th Geneva International Motor Show that ran  from March 1 through March 13 at the Geneva Palexpo exhibition and conference complex.


    The Colt coupe-cabriolet concept derives from the 3-door Colt CZ3 assembled at Mitsubishi Motors' NedCar facility in the Netherlands. The compact cabriolet model takes its concept and design cues from the CZ2 Cabriolet displayed by the company at the 2003 Geneva International Motor Show. It is due to go into production at Pininfarina early in 2006.

 

The Colt coupe-cabriolet concept was one of 15 models on the Mitsubishi Motors stands. Other exhibits included: a diesel-powered Grandis; a replica of the Colt 600 Convertible first shown at the 9th Tokyo Motor Show in 1962; the Pajero Evolution that chalked up an unprecedented fifth successive and 10th aggregate victory in the Dakar Rally in January; and the Lancer WRC05 that roared straight to a third place podium finish in the 2005 WRC season-opening Rallye Monte Carlo.

 

Mitsubishi Motors brought several new models to market in Europe in 2004. Colt was joined by the Grandis MPV and the Lancer Evolution high-performance 4WD sports sedan. The European Colt has won several critical accolades including "Das Goldene Lenkrad" (the Golden Steering Wheel) presented by the German Sunday newspaper "Bild am Sonntag" published by Axel Springer AG. Lancer Evolution, Grandis and the Outlander crossover models have also received awards for their vehicle concept, high performance and build and presentation quality. Mitsubishi vehicle sales in Europe grew healthily in 2004 to 225,826 vehicles, an 8.6% increase over the previous year.

 

Colt coupe-cabriolet concept walkaround

     Following 5 and 3-door body models, the third variation in the European Colt range uses the Colt's platform to carry a retractable hard top for open motoring pleasure.

   Within its compact 3885 mm overall length, 15 mm longer than Colt CZ3, Colt coupe-cabriolet concept uses a high-efficiency design to create a 2+2 layout with a trunk into which the hardtop stows neatly.

   Colt coupe-cabriolet concept uses the same 150 PS 1.5-liter 4-cylinder DOHC MIVEC turbocharged engine that powers Colt CZT. The body has been strategically reinforced to safely and comfortably underpin the exhilaration of open-top motoring.

    While taking its design references from Colt's defining one-motion form, Colt coupe-cabriolet concept weaves together straight lines and curves to create taut styling that projects an appetizing taste of its potent road performance. Serving to counterpoint the sensuous curves of the one-motion form are the sharply raked windscreen, the V-cut rear combination lamps and the linear-design high-mounted auxiliary brake light tastefully integrated into the trunk lid.

   The interior uses high-quality orange suede upholstery and trim in creating a sporty and classy look that matches Colt coupe-cabriolet concept's athletic and open car personality

 

Colt coupe-cabriolet concept

  • Joining 3- and 5-door models, the third body type in the European Colt lineup adds a retractable hardtop to the 3-door Colt CZ3 platform.

  • Efficient packaging wraps 2+2 seating and trunk space for the hardtop within a compact size which, at 3,885 mm overall, is just 75 mm longer than the Colt CZ3 from which it derives.

  • Powered by the same 150PS 1.5-liter MIVEC engine with turbocharger as the Colt CZT. The body has been strategically strengthened to allow occupants to enjoy the full exhilaration of open motoring with the hardtop stowed in the trunk.

  • The exterior design, crafted around Colt's hallmark One Motion Form, effectively melds straight lines and soft shapes with styling that gives eloquent notice of the car's potent performance. Distinguishing elements include a deeply raked front windshield, unique V-shape rear combination lamps and a linear-design high mount auxiliary stop lamp in the trunk lid.

  • The interior adopts an orange suede keynote in using sporty and fine quality colors and materials ideally suited to a cabriolet model.

 

Colt coupe-cabriolet concept specifications

L x W x H (mm)

3,885 1,705 1,450

Wheelbase (mm)

2,500

Engine (output/torque)

1.5L MIVEC 4-cyl DOHC with turbocharger (150ps/6,000rpm, 210Nm/3,500rpm)

Transmission

5-speed manual

Tires

225/35R18

Suspension

Front

MacPherson strut

Rear

Torsion beam

 

 

 

Lancer Evolution IX

(European market model, data subject to final homologation)

 

Overall length (mm)

4490

Overall width (mm)

1770

Overall height (mm)

1450

Wheelbase (mm)

2625

Seating capacity

5

Tires

235/45R17

Drivetrain

4WD

Suspension

Front

MacPherson strut

Rear

Multi-link

Engine

2.0-liter 4-cyl. MIVEC intercooler/turbocharger

Max output [ps (kW)]

280 (206)

Max torque [kg-m (Nm)]

36.2 (355)

Transmission

6MT

 

MITSUBISHI Concept-Sportback  (concept car)

MITSUBISHI Concept-Sportback walkaround

    The styling was developed by Mitsubishi Motors' design studio (Mitsubishi Motor R&D of Europe GmbH) in the outskirts of Frankfurt. Calling on Mitsubishi Motors traditionally sporty image, the design team has crafted lines that are much more powerful than seen in European 5-door hatchbacks to date. The styling forcefully projects the brand in the front visage and gives lucid expression to the design concept in the vehicle's proportions as it points to the direction Mitsubishi Design may be expected to take in the near future.

    MITSUBISHI Concept-Sportback sits on the company's new C-segment global vehicle platform. In an overall length of 4500 mm, the high-efficiency design realizes a roomy and comfortable living space protected front and rear by crushable zones.

    The new platform has been developed to support Mitsubishi Motors' new 4-cylinder MIVEC engines mated to either 2WD or 4WD drivelines

 

The world debut of MITSUBISHI Concept-Sportback next-generation sportback concept car at the 61st International Automobil Ausstellung (IAA; commonly known as the Frankfurt International Motor Show). Held at the Frankfurt Messe Complex, the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show opened to the public last September 15 through 25, with a press and media preview that was held from September 12 to 14.

MITSUBISHI Concept-Sportback

Overall length (mm)

4500

Overall width (mm)

1795

Overall height (mm)

1450

Wheelbase (mm)

2630

Seating capacity

5

Drivetrain

2WD/4WD

Engine

New 4-cyl. MIVEC

 

 

At a press conference held at the Mitsubishi Motors stand, Mitsubishi Motors President Osamu Masuko made the following remarks: "Our efforts to achieve the 2005 business plan are definitely paying off, and particularly in Europe. The high critical acclaim Mitsubishi brand products have received has led to expanded sales. Mitsubishi brand cars are selling well in Europe, with sales for the first eight months of the year up 20% over the corresponding period last year. We see the European market in particular as being a prime mover in our drive to future growth and we are looking to increase sales further still. Therefore, we will be introducing seven new competitive models in Europe over the next three years, including a new pickup truck and Colt coupe-cabriolet. Over the next three years we will also be introducing five new models in North America and nine new models in Japan."

Mitsubishi Motors showed 16 vehicles at the Frankfurt Motor Show (20 during the public days). Joining MITSUBISHI Concept Sportback on the company stand was the Colt coupe-cabriolet concept, a concept for a new Colt model due to be introduced on the European market in 2006 and which was shown at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. Also on display was the Lancer Evolution IX high-performance 4WD sedan released in Europe in September 2005, the Grandis DI-D (direct-injection diesel), the Pajero Evolution cross country rally car that won the 2005 Dakar Rally to take the company's fifth consecutive and 10th victory in the history of the event, and the

Lancer WRC05 machine that is currently competing in the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship series.

 

 

 

Lancer Evolution IX walkaround

(European market model)

 

The European market Lancer Evolution IX shares many of the features of Lancer Evolution IX launched in Japan in March 2005: the power unit uses MIVEC variable valve timing technology in the inlet valve train; improvements to the turbocharger generate gutsier torque and deliver improved response across the full RPM range; and maximum power has been boosted 15 PS to 280 PS. The European Lancer Evolution IX brings a 3% improvement in fuel economy over its predecessor and earns the Euro-4 emissions rating. Redesigned front and rear bumpers improve cooling without impacting the aerodynamics.

 

For the first time on a European market model, Lancer Evolution IX uses a 6-speed manual transmission.

 

As on the Japanese market model, the European Lancer Evolution IX uses an aluminum roof panel and door side impact bars, reducing weight by 7.5 kg. Chassis performance is substantially improved by the use of high-response Bilstein monotube shock absorbers and 17-inch Enkei 5-double-spoke design lightweight alloy road wheels that are 150 grams lighter per wheel.

 

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