March 28, 2013 |
It could be the cutest little automotive cage match in recent memory. In one corner, you have the all-new Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback, introduced Thursday at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. In the other, the 1.0-liter Ford Fiesta, announced at the L.A. Auto Show in November. Each sub-compact has promised to be the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car sold in the U.S. Only one can win. But which will it be? Only Mitsubishi has released gas mileage estimates. The Japanese automaker said its Mirage will get an estimated 37 mpg in the city, 44 mpg on the highway, and 40 mpg combined.
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February 15, 2013 |
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has asked Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to hand over a redacted version of a report on equipment issues at the now-shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant. The commission, which has already reviewed the full report, said it intends to make the redacted version public. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) obtained a leaked copy of the report and alleged in a letter to the head of the NRC last week that it indicated the utility and manufacturer were aware of "serious problems" with their design of the nuclear plant's replacement steam generator and failed to fix the flaw before the equipment was installed.
February 5, 2013 |
Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling certain model year 2012 i-MiEV electric vehicles that were manufactured from Dec. 2, 2011, through Sept. 7, 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration . The brake system vacuum pump on those vehicles may fail, rendering the vacuum pump inoperable. If the vacuum pump system fails, the recall notice says, it will reduce available brake power, which would result in lengthened stopping distances and could increase the risk of a vehicle crash.
November 29, 2012 |
Mitsubishi used the final major press conference of Thursday's Los Angeles Auto Show to unveil an all-new version of its seven-passenger crossover SUV, the Outlander. Yoichi Yokozawa, president and CEO of Mitsubishi North America, also used the event to stress the company's investment in U.S. manufacturing, saying increased exports of vehicles made in the U.S. would help Mitsubishi's bottom line. "This not only helps reduce our yen-dollar exchange rate challenges, [but] we are also exporting a significant number of these new models to Russia, to the Middle East, and to Central and South America," Yokozawa said.
November 26, 2012 |
With Suzuki recently pulling out of the U.S. auto market, many are looking at Mitsubishi as the next brand possibly circling the drain. The company sold less than 4,000 vehicles in October, and to date, 2012 sales are down more than 28% from 2011. But this isn't stopping Mitsubishi from bringing a pair of models to this week's Los Angeles Auto Show. The first will be a North American debut of the company's all-new 2014 Outlander. Powertrain details for this seven-passenger, compact SUV won't be released until later this week, but Mitsubishi says it will feature a new engine that will help make it one of the most fuel-efficient models in its class.
November 7, 2012 |
After watching car sales slowly evaporate at his Suzuki Motor Corp. dealership, K.C. Heidler decided about five years ago to start offering Kia vehicles on his sprawling lot in Santa Ana. So it came as little surprise this week when Suzuki announced that it would abandon the U.S. car market but continue to sell its motorcycles and ATVs. "There was a weakening of Suzuki product and a lack of product," Heidler said, noting that he plans to take down the bright red "S" from the front of his Suzuki Depot dealership.