Mitsubishi Motors has been at the forefront of innovation focusing on technologies to control valve timing and the amount of lift. This impressive MIVEC technology aims at providing high power output, lower fuel consumption and reduced exhaust emissions.
We all know Mitsubishi for its bold SUVs and tough workhorse bakkies. We know they also made cars – sedans – years ago. Maybe your dad had a Colt Gallant when you were small. But when did Mitsubishi start making cars? The ‘80s? The ‘70s? You need to go back a while. No further than that. Way back to 1917.
When buying a new car, it comes with warranties covering labour and repairs for manufacturing defects. These standard warranties take care of the first few years of ownership but once they expire, how will you benefit from the Mitsubishi Extended Warranty?
Mitsubishi in South Africa is known for its tough bakkies and comprehensive range of SUVs. Pity there is nothing for the more budget-conscious Mitsubishi fans. Wait! Until three-four years ago there was the Mirage, an easy on the pocket, sub-compact that hit the sweet spot for students and empty-nesters alike. So now, soon on our shores, the new, updated Mitsubishi Mirage.
Where extreme driving conditions are the norm, you will find the Mitsubishi Triton.
The next-generation Mitsubishi Triton engine will be electric, but exactly what kind of electric is not yet clear. This is because the new Triton should be launched around 2022 – in electric vehicle development far, far in the future.
Current mainstream electric vehicle technologies are hybrid electric (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and dedicated plug-in battery-electric (BEV). While on the topic of acronyms, there is of course also ICE (internal combustion engine).
So you arrive at the braai in your new car and your wife tells them about the five year/150 000km warranty and your neighbour says that is an excellent service plan and his car’s maintenance plan is about to run out. So everyone’s eyes glaze over. Are we talking about the same thing? No, we are not.
Anyone who has bought a car or seen adverts should have heard the terms horsepower and torque. They are mentioned in almost every advertisement especially when bigger cars are involved like bakkies, SUVs, vans and trucks. The adverts always talk about the impressive horsepower and torque but what exactly does that mean? What is the difference between horsepower and torque?
Considering how much the crossover sector has grown, Mitsubishi has focused solely on crossovers in recent years while eliminating sedans for a better market share. This means their high-performance variants have all but disappeared from the line-up but the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution might make a welcome return.
Fresh from showing off at the Bangkok Motor Show, the Mitsubishi Triton Absolute Concept bakkie could go into production in the near future. It certainly looks the part of a more robust, modified and performance-heavy off-roader fully stocked with everything you need.