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May 5, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Auto Critic, Los Angeles Times
The car: 2012 Mitsubishi i SE The power: 66 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque coming from a 49 kW AC synchronous electric motor that's powered by a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery. It routs power to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission. The photos: 2012 Mitsubishi i The speed: 0-60 mph in a long weekend (13.4 seconds) The bragging rights: Cheapest and most efficient electric vehicle currently on the market. Expect a 62-mile range from a fully charged battery, which comes with an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty.
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March 28, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch and David Undercoffler
Cars cost a lot of money. With an average sales price of about $32,000, we know a new car is out of reach for many. The automakers know this too, which is why they continue to roll out bottom-rung cars for buyers on way-below-average budgets. The three least expensive cars on the market are the Nissan Versa at $12,800, the Chevrolet Spark at $12,995 and the Mitsubishi Mirage at $13,790. Prices are for the most basic cars with no options but do include destination charges. PHOTOS: The three cheapest cars on the market In that lowly range, their chief competition is a reliable used car - say, a 3-year-old Honda Civic or Mazda3, with low miles.
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AUTOS
November 26, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
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.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America has leased 167,778 square feet of industrial space in Huntington Beach for its regional headquarters. The deal will allow Mitsubishi to consolidate three existing Southern California facilities under one roof at 5800 Skylab Road, real state brokerage JLL said. Terms of the 10-year deal with landlord Morgan Stanley were not disclosed, but real estate experts calculating Orange County industrial rents valued the transaction at close to $1 million a year, or $10 million total.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
The relative rarity of Mitsubishi cars these days confirms the company's status as an underdog automaker. Mitsubishi ranks sixth out of the seven Japanese manufacturers in U.S. sales, just ahead of Suzuki. But through the first five months of 2011, sales have increased an astounding 61% versus the same period last year, making it the fastest-growing mass-market automaker in the U.S. Much of the growth is due to its newest model, the 2011 Outlander Sport. The Outlander family now accounts for almost one-third of the company's sales.
BUSINESS
January 9, 1987
The car, called a Precis, is being made in South Korea by Hyundai Motor Co. for Mitsubishi, which has a 15% interest in Hyundai. The Precis, virtually identical to Hyundai's Excel, is expected to arrive in dealer showrooms in early March. Mitsubishi has agreed not to undercut the Excel's price, which carries a base price of $4,995.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2000 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
DaimlerChrysler's announcement Monday that it will buy a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors Corp. gives the German-American company a fighting chance to meet its goal of controlling 25% of the fast-growing Asian market as well as demands in Europe and the U.S. for cars that are more fuel-efficient and less polluting. For the auto giant that was created in 1998 by fusing Daimler and Chrysler Corp.
NEWS
May 11, 2001 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Industrial giant Mitsubishi Corp. of Tokyo agreed to pay a $134-million fine after its conviction for aiding an illegal international cartel--the fourth-largest fine secured in a federal antitrust case. The payment, approved Thursday by U.S. District Judge Marvin Katz in Philadelphia, came nearly three months after a jury convicted Mitsubishi of aiding seven companies in fixing prices of graphite electrodes, a material used in iron and steel production. "The prosecution of Mitsubishi and this $134-million fine should send a strong deterrent message to those who participate in or knowingly aid international cartels that increase prices for American businesses and consumers," said John M. Nannes, acting assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department's antitrust division.
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September 5, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
California Highway Patrol officials are seeking witnesses to a crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Pyramid Lake that killed a Playa del Rey man. John David Appel, 28, was killed at 11 p.m. Monday when the driver of the 1995 Mitsubishi in which he was a passenger lost control after a red minivan traveling 75 to 80 mph drifted into the car's path, causing it to flip several times, officials said. The minivan left before witnesses could get a description or license plate number.
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August 6, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A 23-year-old Tarzana woman died Monday afternoon from injuries she sustained in a head-on collision Sunday morning on Victoria Avenue south of the Santa Clara River bridge. Lisa Ann Castellucci was the passenger in a northbound Saturn that veered over a median and crashed into a Mitsubishi that was headed south on Victoria about 2:15 a.m. The driver of the Saturn, 22-year-old Travis Murphy of Point Mugu, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, according to the California Highway Patrol.
AUTOS
January 27, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Like an owner who resembles his or her dog, Mitsubishi's 2014 Outlander is just as much an oddity as the brand itself. Though the Japanese automaker sold more cars in the U.S. in 2013 than Porsche or Volvo (and just a few thousand less than Jaguar), Mitsubishi is a quirky company with a quirky lineup that flies well below the radar of many shoppers. In addition to the midsize Outlander SUV that starts at $23,820, Mitsubishi also sells the Outlander Sport compact crossover; regular, hatchback and high-performance versions of the Lancer compact sedan; and the new Mirage, a tiny morsel of a hatchback that starts just under $14,000.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
Federal regulators said Southern California Edison Co. and a contractor were responsible for design flaws that led to the permanent shutdown of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in June. To the frustration of critics, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday proposed safety citations - but no fines - against Edison and its contractor, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, for defective steam generators at the plant near San Clemente. Edison said the proposed citation by the NRC came as no surprise.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Southern California Edison Co. has started legal action against the manufacturer of steam generators that failed and forced the permanent closure in June of the San Onofre nuclear power plant on the northern San Diego County coast. As expected, the electric utility filed a formal notice of dispute early Thursday with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan and its United States subsidiary, Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems. The action sets in motion negotiations that involve finding fault and assessing financial damages.
AUTOS
June 27, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Mitsubishi is recalling more than 3,000 of its Outlander Sport compact SUV to correct an issue with the vehicles' optional panoramic sunroofs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 3,181 Outlander Sports from the 2011 model year were being recalled in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. At issue was the lack of a primer being installed around the sunroof during the manufacturing process. This could cause the glass roof to become detached from the Outlander Sport while it's in motion, "resulting in a road hazard to other vehicles," according to NHTSA.
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May 19, 2013 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
In a flurry of letters late last year, Southern California Edison and the manufacturer that designed the steam generators at the now-dark San Onofre nuclear power plant appeared to be at odds over a long-term plan to repair the troubled facility. In the exchange, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries proposed a repair plan that it said could have the plant back online at full power in about a year and also suggested a far more aggressive and expensive repair job that would take more than five years to complete.
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May 15, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
A flurry of letters that went back and forth between Southern California Edison and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries late last year reveal the serious hurdles that stand in the way of the San Onofre nuclear power plant's long-term future. The plant had been offline at that point for nearly a year because of unusual wear on tubes that carry radioactive water in the plant's newly replaced steam generators, which were designed and manufactured by Mitsubishi. Edison asked federal regulators in October for permission to restart one of the plant's two units and run it at 70% power for a few months to see if that would alleviate the conditions that led to the wear.
BUSINESS
November 6, 1986
The contract signed by the Dutch aircraft manufacturer was for 40 of its new F-100 airliners, with options on an additional 60. Fokker, which called the deal the biggest single order for a European-built airliner, will lease the 107-seat aircraft to operators under a new joint-venture company formed with Guinness Peat Aviation of Ireland and Mitsubishi of Japan.
BUSINESS
June 6, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Honda has leapfrogged its competitors in mileage range and EPA ratings for the upcoming Honda Fit electric vehicle. The all-electric version of the popular Fit subcompact will be able to travel 82 miles on a single charge, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That's better than the Ford Focus electric (76 miles), the Nissan Leaf (73 miles) and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV (62 miles).   “The 82 miles is great. Every little bit helps when you are talking about range in an electric vehicle,”  said John O'Dell, who follows alternative fuel vehicles for auto information company Edmunds.com What's more, the Fit has among the smallest batteries of the electric vehicles on the market.
AUTOS
March 28, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
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 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
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.
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