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Aidan
05-25-2005, 07:15 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b><B>Cardesignews</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p><br> Mitsubishi i<p>Mitsubishi Motors has decided to christen the latest addition to its Kei minicar range "i". This is a production version of the "i" concept seen at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show, but also shares much of its philosophy and packaging from the radical Sero concept shown in Tokyo in 2003, particularly the one-box profile and rear-midship engine. <p>The new-age car encourages the owner to express him/herself fully (hence the 'i'). 'Innovation' also served as a keyword in the development of the car. According to Mitsubishi, the car is seen as a "next-generation innovative kei" to deliver levels of safety, handling and stability that go beyond the norm for its size class. "i" will be the first Mitsubishi model to employ a rear-midship layout and goes on sale next year.<p><IMG SRC="http://www.cardesignnews.com/news/2005/050516whats-new/images/mitsubishi-i01s.jpg" BORDER="0"><br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Source:CarDesignews<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Aidan at 9:10 AM 5/26/2005</i>

DrPetrus
05-25-2005, 07:57 AM
Will this be a Japan-only or will europeans also be able to buy it? <p>Bigger picture from <A HREF="http://www.japanesecarfans.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.japanesecarfans.com</A>:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.japanesecarfans.com/news/2050523.004/2050523.004.1L.jpg" BORDER="0"><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by DrPetrus at 9:00 PM 5/25/2005</i>

Regazzoni
05-25-2005, 08:35 AM
That's what smart ForFour should have been like.<p>Wait a minute... wasn't Mitsubishi partner with Smart in the creation of ForFour/Colt? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>And ins't it a Tridion-style frame? <br>And what about the rear engine? <p>It could seem a recycled Smart project...<br>And it looks good.

Superfresa
05-25-2005, 11:22 AM
It shouts out "Peugeot 107" IMO, but still it's a good addition to the Mitsubishi family. But just how do they suddenly have so much money for so many new products? Its all good tho, I hope they recover.

r3vilo
05-25-2005, 11:40 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Regazzoni</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Wait a minute... wasn't Mitsubishi partner with Smart in the creation of ForFour/Colt? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>yes...but I'm guessin that this is more Honda Jazz teritory...

carmaniac
05-25-2005, 02:23 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>revilo_</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>yes...but I'm guessin that this is more Honda Jazz teritory...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>think smaller<p>this is a "Kei" car, meaning that its engine displacement is less than 660cc (it gets cheaper insurance and a special yellow plate in Japan). I doubt it will be sold anywhere outside Japan.

syclone
05-25-2005, 07:01 PM
looks like an insect

spannersuk
05-26-2005, 01:19 AM
I agree with Regazzoni this really should have been the Smart ForFour (or a Smart version of it should have been). I was a real fan of the original Smart philosophy but I was looking for a car that would hold 3 or 4 people (for commuting). As a result I was really looking forward to the ForFour, but the reality was such a cynical marketing exercise that I didnt even take a test drive of one  I bought a Mini Cooper instead. If this i was available in the UK I would buy one in a second. Here we have real innovation in a stylish intelligent package. Well-done Mitsubishi.

Hornbag
05-26-2005, 03:41 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Regazzoni</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">That's what smart ForFour should have been like.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Really? I'd much rather the ForFour to this...<br>The ForFour IMO looks much better, and the clip on pannels of the Smart make it the better option for me... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Does anyone have any interior shots, this might be where this car REALLY shines! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

Regazzoni
05-26-2005, 06:42 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Hornbag</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Really? I'd much rather the ForFour to this...<br>The ForFour IMO looks much better, and the clip on pannels of the Smart make it the better option for me... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Does anyone have any interior shots, this might be where this car REALLY shines! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>That confirms what I'm saying.<p>This car is a Smart ForTwo stretched to obtain four seats. It has the same phiilosophy, the same styling, the same engine and mechanics position, the same minimal bulk.<p>Instead the ForFour is just a normal car (2 volumes, front engine and drive) pretanding to be a Smart (Mitsubishy Colt, her sister, is much more original).<br>Only a marketing trick.<br>Take out of it the plastic coloured panels and put it on the "i" and you'll have a real Smart.<p>I know this is a very raw job but in 3 minutes....<br>Just look at it:<br><A HREF="http://img15.echo.cx/my.php?image=20505230042gt.jpg" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img15.echo.cx/img15/9504/20505230042gt.th.jpg" BORDER="0"></A>

the future
05-26-2005, 12:07 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Regazzoni</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">That's what smart ForFour should have been like.</TD></TR></TABLE><p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>revilo_</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">yes...but I'm guessin that this is more Honda Jazz teritory...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>... and that's the territory smart forfour should be in!<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Regazzoni</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">This car is a Smart ForTwo stretched to obtain four seats.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>... and that's <I>exactly</I> what the smart forfour should be!<p>Guys, you are so right! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">

Kam
06-01-2005, 08:14 AM
I don't think this is in the Jazz or the ForFour territory. It might come to the UK. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

Tidal
06-01-2005, 08:29 AM
Like carmaniac and Kam said, this is a kei car, much smaller than a Forfour or a Jazz. Besides engine limitations it also can't be longer than 3.4m, so it's about the size of the 107/C1/Aygo trio, and should be seen has a competitors to them. <p>I'm not sure they are going to bring this to Europe, not sure if they could get an affordable price importing this from Japan, sales probably wouldn't be that big, and with the Colt fitting above it and being competitively priced, i dunno, doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to me. Small cars don't have that much of a profit margin.<p>But it does look good. It's different, original.

Kam
06-01-2005, 08:45 AM
I have been reading/told that prices will start at 6,995. Is that true???

DrPetrus
06-01-2005, 03:15 PM
I would buy one of these if it came to Europe! So, if by chance anyone with connections inside Mitsubishi reads this, be sure to mention that to them, please. <p>Any other pictures so far? Interior, back?

SV
06-02-2005, 04:31 PM
wow, i'm really liking this car. too bad they never bring cars like these to the US, i'd love one of these or a bigger non-US car like the forfour <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/crying.gif" BORDER="0">

Regazzoni
06-03-2005, 01:13 AM
Would you really risk a front crash between this (very nice) car and one of your endless SUV, with you driving the first one?!? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0">