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Carlos Ghosn Shots Back at Nissan and Mitsubishi in Dutch Court

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The saga of former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn continues. Eight months after his arrest by Japanese authorities and three months after his ouster from his company, he is now returning the favor to his rivals through a lawsuit filed in the Netherlands.

According to the Asia Times, the former Nissan CEO is currently under house arrest in Tokyo as he awaits trial over alleged financial misconduct. In November last year, Ghosn was arrested for under-reporting compensation. He was released on bail in March but he was rearrested the following month, and since then, he remained under detention.

The 65-year old is presently facing multiple charges in Japan. His allegations include breach of trust, understatement of income, transferring his personal financial losses to Nissan, and misappropriation of company money from a business partner in Oman for personal use.

In the ensuing lawsuit that Ghosn filed, he claimed that his former employers improperly terminated his contract. His lawyers accused that the termination of their client’s contract was “not sufficiently substantiated.”

As a result, his legal team is claiming damages amounting 15 million euros ($13.4 million). The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands, thus, the case went under the jurisdiction of a Dutch court.

Both Nissan Motor CEO Hiroto Saikawa and Mitsubishi Motors Chairman Osamu Masuko has taken the helm as directors of the alliance after the subsequent absence and termination of Ghosn.

So far, that’s all there is to the drama surrounding Ghosn’s life, but we will surely keep an eye on updates and post them here right away.

Mitsubishi Plans To Revive Its Iconic Lancer Evo Brand

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Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi is planning to revive its iconic Lancer Evolution brand and it won’t even be a crossover despite the huge demand from the segment. Instead, what would be the 11th generation Evo will either be a four-door sedan or, for the first time ever, as a four-door hatchback.

The new Evo might use the platform born out of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. This is the same platform used for cars such as the Infiniti QX50 and the Renault Megane. The Evo XI will most likely share the powertrain with the next-generation Renault Megane RS. This is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four paired with a dual-clutch automatic transmission.

That engine will be paired with a Mitsubishi-developed all-wheel-drive system. This might also mean that the next-gen Evo can add a hybrid in its lineup. The most that the current Megane RS can produce is 300 horsepower. With a hybrid engine in tow, the next Evo can make up to 350 horsepower.

The Last Evo

We saw the last Evo sold back in 2016. The standard Lancer lived a bit more in the US and is somehow still available in other markets. The report about the resurrection of the Evo made no mention of a new regular Lancer. It’s high time for Mitsubishi to make one, though, as there’s a gaping hole for a compact sedan in their lineup.

There is no news when the new Evo might come out, but maybe we can expect to see at least a concept at the 2019 Tokyo auto show this October. It’s still a long way to go for the production car, but we should be welcoming it a few years down the road.

Talks of an Evo SUV have been going on for quite some time now and we believe there’s still a slim chance this could happen. Mitsubishi has been ready with several concepts of a possible Evo crossover, so we might just have to wait and see.

Mitsubishi to Work on the next Nissan Navara Platform

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The next architecture of the Nissan Navara and the Renault Alaskan might come from Mitsubishi in the future. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. COO Trevor Mann revealed this in an interview last week.

According to Automotive News, Mitsubishi engineers are now developing a “commonized body-on-frame” truck platform. This will underpin the midsize pickups and sport utility vehicles of Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi.

The Navara and Alaskan will be sharing the same platform used by the Mitsubishi Triton. Mitsubishi was chosen by Nissan and Renault to make the platform because they see the company as having “the best pickup competence” as displayed in the Triton, which is currently enjoying strong sales in Southeast Asia.

It should be recalled that Mitsubishi joined the Renault-Nissan alliance in 2016. “Shortly after the alliance, we did a detailed technical study between the two, and we found that Mitsubishi had many advantages over the Nissan platform,” Mann stated.

Among the things Mann wanted to take advantage of during the team-up with Mitsubishi are the frame design, sourcing footprint and logistic costs. The area that he wants the company to focus on is in Southeat Asia where Mitsubishi and Nissan have a big demand for their pickups from their large customer bases.

Despite the announcement, Mann said that the platform is still years away in the US market. They are considering of putting the update on the Nissan Frontier (known as Navara in other areas) though since it has been so long since the vehicle received an overhaul in the American soil.

First-Ever 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition on Sale

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The first ever Final Edition model of the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution with a US0001 serial number is still up for grabs. Only 1,600 units of the car were created, so this surely is a good catch for collectors.

According to Road & Track, the same Evo was auctioned in late 2015. The car was brought by the Brooklyn Mitsubishi dealership. The price of the car was only $46,200, and the proceeds of the sale all went to charity.

The report said the last Evo was sold on eBay back in 2016. Therefore, private sellers of the car are already hard to come by. However, the first Evo Final Edition model remains with Brooklyn Mitsubishi, for those who are interested.

It remains unsold after their acquisition of the auto from the auction, and it was recently spotted on Autotrader being sold for $47,888. What perplexes us though is that Brooklyn Mitsubishi listed the Evo with an $87,888 price tag. We reached the dealership for clarification but they haven’t responded to the query yet.

Highlights of the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition (US0001)

Looking at the photos of the Evo on sale, it still appears new and the plastic covers on its upholstery can be seen in its cabin. All the stickers, badges and plaque are intact as well.

The car is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 303 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, its clock indicated that it only ran 35 miles.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Now Has More Capabilities

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The current-generation Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has received very good reviews from critics and car enthusiasts alike. It was efficient, functional, fun to drive, and a relatively affordable plug-in hybrid, midsize, crossover option. For the 2019 model-year, on its home market in Japan, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is receiving a slew of updates—more electric power, a bigger gas engine, a bigger battery, better suspension, two new drive modes, and a number of design tweaks.

The car’s battery capacity has been increased to 13.8 kWh from 12 kWh. That will allow the car’s electric driving range to power to 40.4 miles from the regular 37.8 miles. There is also a boost in power coming from the rear electric motor/generator, and the gas engines increase its displacement from 2.0 liter to 2.4 liters.

There are new driving modes for this model—the Sport and Snow modes. Its 4WD Lock has also been adjusted to enable the better handling of poor road surfaces. This means the midsize crossover will be more than capable to handle off-road conditions.

To do this, the Japanese automaker must fit the Outlander PHEV with larger front and rear dampers with a new type of damper valve. For better steering feel and response, it will also come packed with a faster steering ratio and retuned electric power steering control.

For the exterior, the Outlander PHEV is now fitted with full LED headlights, an updated grille in front, and a new rear spoiler that improves aerodynamics and gives the midsize crossover a sportier look.

The cabin’s seats get leather wrapping with a diamond-quilt pattern. The door trim follows the same design. The front seats have been reshaped for added support.

These updates will likely make Mitsubishi’s midsize crossover more attractive for those looking for functionality and design. These updates are being offered to its Japanese market for now, but we think it’s more than likely we’ll see them in US soil.

Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept Unveiled in Japan

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The Mitsubishi e-Evolution was just unveiled this week at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The auto is still in its concept stage but it promises to bring in high-performance elements similar to the discontinued Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

The Mitsubishi e-Evolution was classified by its maker as a crossover SUV. As the small letter “e” in its name implies, it is powered by electricity. The concept marks the Japanese brand’s first time to integrate EV technology with a high-performance vehicle.

According to a report, the e-Evolution makes use of three electric motors. The concept follows the same setup of the Lancer Evo, except that this one is electrified. Two of its motors are mounted to the rear wheels for better distribution of power and improved handling. Then the crossover possesses a four-wheel drive system.

The battery pack for the electric motors of the vehicle is located in the middle part of its base just under the floor. Mitsubishi said that it is to allow a better center of gravity for the auto.

The e-Evolution is equipped with an AI package. The source said that the AI analyzes the skill of the crossover’s driver. After that, it uses its assessment in its “coaching function”, which recommends ways for the driver on how to go about the various road conditions. The aim of such feature is to make the handling of the auto enjoyable and safe to the driver even if he or she does not have the skills of the racing driver.

Since Mitsubishi is now a part of the Renault-Nissan alliance, it is expected that some of the technologies found in the coming EV will also appear in the future vehicles of Renault and Nissan under a different name.

Photos

The pictures below show the concept form of the Mitsubishi e-Evolution:

3 Key Features of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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For an estimated starting price of $21,000, is the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross worth every penny?

1. Design

Just when we thought that the Eclipse moniker is already dead after its production ended in 2011, Mitsubishi just revived the name for its new crossover utility vehicle (CUV). According to CarAndDriver, the company’s reason for carrying the name for their new product is its sloping roofline that is one of the key distinguishing features of the Eclipse coupe.

The Eclipse Cross sits between the Outlander Sport and the Outlander models in the hierarchy of Mitsubishi vehicles. The Eclipse Cross shares the same wheelbase measurement with the mentioned models at 105.1 inches.

The reviewer complained that the Eclipse Cross adopted too many styling factors from the Outlander and the Outlander Sport. The CUV only had a few design elements that set it apart from the two. In addition, the front grille of the auto bears a striking resemblance with the shape of the Lexus NX’s radiator grille.

2. Engine

The Eclipse Cross carries a 1.5-liter inline-four engine. The European model of the unit churns 161 hp at 5,500 rpm and 184 lb-ft of torque at 1,800 rpm. The company hadn’t released information yet about the configuration of the model bound to the U.S. but expect it to possess a boost in power.

The speed of the Mitsubishi CUV is delivered by a six-speed manual gearbox to the front wheels. The one in the U.S. market will likely come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and an all-wheel version of the auto is also possible.

3. Interior

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The cockpit of the Eclipse Cross is a notch up compared to the Outlander. Then again, it was criticized for its heavy use of hard plastic and poor visibility of some of its controls. Despite that, the improved 7.0-inch touchscreen, head-up display, 360-degree camera, touchpad controller and adaptive cruise control make up for the issues.

The infotainment system of the CUV can be integrated with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. However, it lacks a native navigation system.

1917 Mitsubishi Model A Will Get Electric Car Treatment

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Mitsubishi Motors, formerly the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Company, entered the automotive scene when it produced its first passenger vehicle, which is the 1917 Mitsubishi Model A. In celebration of the company’s centennial anniversary, it announced that it will release a plug-in version of the car.

Looking back at the history of the prestigious brand, the Model A was a four-door sedan measuring 103.9 inches in wheelbase, 150.8 inches long, 63.8 inches wide and 81.5 inches high. It has a curb weight of 2,899 lbs. The car carried a 2,765 cc inline-four engine with 35 hp and top speed of up to 97 km/h.

The car was produced from 1917 to 1921 and only 22 of them were made for customers. Due to the expensive production of the vehicle, Mitsubishi halted its production and it was not until 1960 when the company resumed its passenger car production with the Mitsubishi 500.

According to Inside EVs, the 1917 Mitsubishi Model A with plug-in hybrid powertrain is currently being made by West Coast Customs in Burbank, California. It is expected to be launched in summer. The progress of the car specialists will be shown during an episode of Inside West Coast Customs on the Velocity network.

The source said the revived Model A will make use of the automaker’s PHEV platform. Currently, the Mitsubishi Outlander makes use of the platform.

The PHEV platform is an interesting choice for the new Model A as it should be noted that the classic passenger car is actually as big as the common sport utility vehicles of today’s standards. It is worth mentioning that the Outlander is actually 105.1 inches in wheelbase, 184.8 inches long, 71.3 inches wide and 66.1 inches high. The curb weight of the auto is 3,768 lbs.

The integration of the PHEV platform with the 1917 Model A is truly an exciting feat for West Coast Customs as it will highlight both the past and present of the brand in one vehicle.

7 Important Stuff About the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was just unveiled. Let us take a look at the features, photos and other important stuff about the new sport utility vehicle of the giant Japanese automaker here.

1. Model Year

The new SUV will be carrying a 2018 model year.

2. Design

The Eclipse Cross features a sportier and more stylish appearance compared to the other SUVs of Mitsubishi. The auto borrows many elements found in the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV concept shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013.

The front grille and headlamp layout of the Eclipse Cross also remind us of the ones found on the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution. It should be noted that car was featured in the virtual world of the Gran Turismo 6 video game released in 2013 for the Playstation 3. It was said to be an extension of the XR-PHEV concept.

The interior of the SUV showcases black leather surfaces matched with silver accents highlighting its important elements plus red stitching on the seats. A central display can be found in the middle of the dashboard with tablet-like design. The automaker claimed too that the rear seats of the vehicle offer a 60:40 split.

3. Engine

Two options are available for the powertrains of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. One is a 1.5-liter turbo petrol engine and the other is a 2.2-liter turbo diesel unit. The engine is paired with a four-wheel drive system.

4. Position in Hierarchy

The Eclipse Cross will bridge the gap between Mitsubishi’s Outlander Sport and the mid-size Outlander unit.

5. Debut

The debut of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is scheduled on March 7 at the Geneva Motor Show.

6. Sale

The SUV is expected to hit Mitsubishi showrooms in the early part of 2018. Its market release in the US will probably come at a later date.

7. Photos

Check out the photos of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in the gallery below:

3 Things You Need To Know About The Upcoming Mitsubishi Crossover

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The US market is in need for a new car from Mitsubishi. Lucky for them, they can expect one during the Geneva Auto Show in March. The concept has been released, and it looks like it will fit the bill between the Outlander Sport and the Outlander.

The company’s last big auto-show production car was the Mirage hatchback back in 2013. But in just a few short months, the all-new vehicle is going to arrive in America and true enough, it’s going to be another Mitsubishi crossover.

Where It Will Fit In

The gap between the Outlander Sport and the Outlander is quite small to accommodate another model based on a report, so we’re a little bit curious as to how small or big the new crossover needs to be. The Outlander Sport is a five-seater and slightly larger than the “kings” of crossovers such as the Honda HR-V. The Outlander, on the other hand, is a seven-seater that is a bit bigger than other compact like the Honda CR-V.

This only means that Mitsubishi is looking at growing the Outlander and making the Outlander Sport smaller by 2018, when the two will get refreshed for that model year. It’s still unclear if the resize of the Outlander Sport and the Outlander will happen during the refresh or when it get fully redesigned later on,

What The Engine Is Going To Be Like

The engineers over at Mitsubishi have full control of the design and power of the crossover. Nissan, its new owner, did not intercede in this one. According to reports, the new crossover will use a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will have more power than the current 2.4-liter four-cylinder that comes as standard on the Outlander and optional on the Outlander Sport.

The engine will give off around 166 to 168 horsepower and about 162 to 167 pound-feet of torque.

How Will It Look Like

The crossover will have Mitsubishi’s famed “diamond shield” grille design, and it might look a bit like the eX concept that was shown in 2016.

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