Mitsubishi Outlander Turbo [EU] (2004)

Mitsubishi Outlander Turbo [EU] (2004)
Mitsubishi Sport Truck Concept (2004)

Mitsubishi Sport Truck Concept (2004)
Mitsubishi Colt 5-door (2005)


Mitsubishi Colt 5-door

Sold in Asia and in Europe, Mitsubishi Colt is the brainchild of Mitsubishi Design Europe, under the direction of Akinori Nakanishi.

Himself the design father of one the most successful Japanese designs of the last 20 years: the sleek and pebble-shaped 1991 Colt / Mirage Mk IV, he won the design competition with his team, over their colleagues in Japan.

Mitsubishi Design Europe´s contribution did not end with the original shape. The Trebur-based studio near Frankfurt also created the European version, based on the acclaimed 2001 CZ2 concept, another of their achievements, as well as a full new interior (dashboard, seats, color & trim), in line with European tastes and demands.

Identity

Identified by its front end, Mitsubishi Colt sports the Brand´s visual identity created by Olivier Boulay, MMC´s Head of Design: "Central focal point is our Three Diamond logo. It is a very well known and very respected trademark and we wanted to stage it. This triangular graphic layout is dictated by the logo itself, as you can see in the first modern Mitsubishis, in the early 60´s. It is a very honest shape and it calls for the dihedron between the grilles, for a "reflective" diamond effect."

He adds: "We have also decided to extend it onto the hood with a spine that creates visual motion, a 'must' for a sporty Brand like ours."

All new, this front end is the main design difference with the Japanese market Colt and was directly inspired by the 2001 CZ2 concept car that Olivier Boulay created for the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show, after he arrived at Mitsubishi Motors Design. More expressive, it was grafted on the original project to great effect, bringing the finishing touch to a clean-cut and sporty design.

Mitsubishi Colt CZ3 (2005)


Mitsubishi Colt CZ3

Sold in Asia and in Europe, Mitsubishi Colt is the brainchild of Mitsubishi Design Europe, under the direction of Akinori Nakanishi.

Himself the design father of one the most successful Japanese designs of the last 20 years: the sleek and pebble-shaped 1991 Colt / Mirage Mk IV, he won the design competition with his team, over their colleagues in Japan.

Mitsubishi Design Europe´s contribution did not end with the original shape. The Trebur-based studio near Frankfurt also created the European version, based on the acclaimed 2001 CZ2 concept, another of their achievements, as well as a full new interior (dashboard, seats, color & trim), in line with European tastes and demands.

Identity

Identified by its front end, Mitsubishi Colt sports the Brand´s visual identity created by Olivier Boulay, MMC´s Head of Design: "Central focal point is our Three Diamond logo. It is a very well known and very respected trademark and we wanted to stage it. This triangular graphic layout is dictated by the logo itself, as you can see in the first modern Mitsubishis, in the early 60´s. It is a very honest shape and it calls for the dihedron between the grilles, for a "reflective" diamond effect."

He adds: "We have also decided to extend it onto the hood with a spine that creates visual motion, a 'must' for a sporty Brand like ours."

All new, this front end is the main design difference with the Japanese market Colt and was directly inspired by the 2001 CZ2 concept car that Olivier Boulay created for the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show, after he arrived at Mitsubishi Motors Design. More expressive, it was grafted on the original project to great effect, bringing the finishing touch to a clean-cut and sporty design.

Mitsubishi Colt CZT (2005)


Mitsubishi Colt CZT

Sold in Asia and in Europe, Mitsubishi Colt is the brainchild of Mitsubishi Design Europe, under the direction of Akinori Nakanishi.

Himself the design father of one the most successful Japanese designs of the last 20 years: the sleek and pebble-shaped 1991 Colt / Mirage Mk IV, he won the design competition with his team, over their colleagues in Japan.

Mitsubishi Design Europe´s contribution did not end with the original shape. The Trebur-based studio near Frankfurt also created the European version, based on the acclaimed 2001 CZ2 concept, another of their achievements, as well as a full new interior (dashboard, seats, color & trim), in line with European tastes and demands.

Identity

Identified by its front end, Mitsubishi Colt sports the Brand´s visual identity created by Olivier Boulay, MMC´s Head of Design: "Central focal point is our Three Diamond logo. It is a very well known and very respected trademark and we wanted to stage it. This triangular graphic layout is dictated by the logo itself, as you can see in the first modern Mitsubishis, in the early 60´s. It is a very honest shape and it calls for the dihedron between the grilles, for a "reflective" diamond effect."

He adds: "We have also decided to extend it onto the hood with a spine that creates visual motion, a 'must' for a sporty Brand like ours."

All new, this front end is the main design difference with the Japanese market Colt and was directly inspired by the 2001 CZ2 concept car that Olivier Boulay created for the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show, after he arrived at Mitsubishi Motors Design. More expressive, it was grafted on the original project to great effect, bringing the finishing touch to a clean-cut and sporty design.

Mitsubishi Colt Diesel (2005)


Mitsubishi Colt Diesel

Sold in Asia and in Europe, Mitsubishi Colt is the brainchild of Mitsubishi Design Europe, under the direction of Akinori Nakanishi.

Himself the design father of one the most successful Japanese designs of the last 20 years: the sleek and pebble-shaped 1991 Colt / Mirage Mk IV, he won the design competition with his team, over their colleagues in Japan.

Mitsubishi Design Europe´s contribution did not end with the original shape. The Trebur-based studio near Frankfurt also created the European version, based on the acclaimed 2001 CZ2 concept, another of their achievements, as well as a full new interior (dashboard, seats, color & trim), in line with European tastes and demands.

Identity

Identified by its front end, Mitsubishi Colt sports the Brand´s visual identity created by Olivier Boulay, MMC´s Head of Design: "Central focal point is our Three Diamond logo. It is a very well known and very respected trademark and we wanted to stage it. This triangular graphic layout is dictated by the logo itself, as you can see in the first modern Mitsubishis, in the early 60´s. It is a very honest shape and it calls for the dihedron between the grilles, for a "reflective" diamond effect."

He adds: "We have also decided to extend it onto the hood with a spine that creates visual motion, a 'must' for a sporty Brand like ours."

All new, this front end is the main design difference with the Japanese market Colt and was directly inspired by the 2001 CZ2 concept car that Olivier Boulay created for the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show, after he arrived at Mitsubishi Motors Design. More expressive, it was grafted on the original project to great effect, bringing the finishing touch to a clean-cut and sporty design.

Mitsubishi Concept-Sportback (2005)
Mitsubishi Concept-Sportback (2005)
Mitsubishi Concept-Sportback (2005)
Mitsubishi Concept-X (2005)


Mitsubishi Concept-X

With an exterior that carries over the full flavor of Lancer Evolution's ruthlessly mechanical road machine image and a high quality interior with a functional layout that encourages the driver to concentrate solely on operating his machine, MITSUBISHI Concept-X points to way a new-age Evolution design that is as handsome and purposeful as it is functional.

In the mechanical components department, MITSUBISHI Concept-X mates a turbocharged aluminum cylinder block MIVEC engine to a high-performance 6-speed auto-manual transmission. Extensive use is made of aluminum in the roof, engine hood and other body panels. Chassis performance has been substantially improved with the introduction of Mitsubishi's latest 4WD-based Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamics control system. The incarnation of driving pleasure, this highly advanced technical specification makes MITSUBISHI Concept-X a showcase on wheels for Mitsubishi Motors quintessential road performance technology.

_MIVEC: Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control. Mitsubishi Motors variable valve timing technology.

Design

The team has crafted a form with lines that are purposeful and handsome; a form that symbolizes the New Mitsubishi Motors Design while retaining the ruthlessly mechanical performance image that defines the Lancer Evolution series.

Distinguished by its eye-catching outsize grille, the front visage borrows design cues from a jet fighter to hint broadly at the huge quantities of air it draws in and at the car's road-hugging stability. The brand-identifying 3-diamond logo on the leading edge of the engine hood is another distinguishing elements of the new-age Evolution design.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Ralliart Concept (2005)

Mitsubishi Eclipse Ralliart Concept (2005)
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX (2005)


Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX

The Lancer Evolution (colloquially known as the "EVO") is Mitsubishi's flagship sports car. Based only on the unibody of the domesticated Lancer sedan, the Evo is a rally inspired, turbocharged, all wheel drive, durable, and finely tuned automobile. The number designation of the model is most commonly a roman numeral. Evolution models prior to version V were the officially approved models for Mitsubishi's efforts in the World Rally Championship's Group A class and SCCA Pro Rally Championship. In order to follow these rules, the Evolution is based on the same platform as the Lancer. However, it is much more powerful than the Lancer, with the unibody being the only major part in common between the two. Nine street versions of the Evolution have been produced from 1993 up to today. Evolution versions VI, VII, VIII and IX did not need to meet WRC homologation requirements.

The Evo was originally intended only for Japanese markets but demand on the 'grey import' market led the Evolution series to be offered through limited type-approval in the United Kingdom and in various European markets from around 1998 (Evo V-VI). Mitsubishi decided to export the eighth generation Evolution to the United States in 2003 after witnessing the success Subaru had in that market with their Impreza WRX, a direct competitor in other global regions. The current 2006 Evolution (US market) includes a turbocharged 286 hp (213 kW) inline four-cylinder engine and a full-time all wheel drive powertrain. Variable valve timing is an Evolution first in 2006, coming in the form of MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve-timing-and-lift Electronic Control). Japanese-spec cars were limited by a gentleman's agreement to advertise no more than 280 PS (276 hp), a mark already reached by the time of Evo IV; however, each generation of Evo's power has clandestinely evolved above the advertised number, with the Japan-spec Evo IX having real output of about 320 PS, and various versions available in other markets, particularly the UK, have official power outputs up to 405 bhp (302 kW). Even standard components are considered "tuned" compared to other vehicles. For instance, the flywheel on normal cars weighs about 12-15 kilograms but the Lancer flywheel weighs a mere 6 kilos for very quick engine response. The Evo has, however, been evolving into a heavier and heavier vehicle with each generation in face of tougher worldwide safety and emission regulations.