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Mitsubishi’s EV development charges on

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s (MMC) MiEV Evolution III has narrowed the performance gap between electric and combustion-engined vehicles, taking the second and third overall podium spots in this year’s running of the iconic Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado – a 20km ‘Race to the Clouds’, which climbs nearly 3,000m through 156 turns to finish 4,300m above sea level.

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Mitsubishi Motors takes on Pikes Peak for third straight year

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will enter two MiEV Evolution III all-electric racecars in the 2014 edition of the world-famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (Pikes Peak, June 23 to June 29) in Colorado, United States. MMC will use two MiEV Evolution III all-electric racecars, which combine the best of MMC’s electric vehicle and four-wheel drive control technologies. MMC has competed twice before in the Electric Division in 2012 and 2013, and now with the MiEV Evolution III, hopes to take its first victory, this time in the new Electric Modified Division.

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Mitsubishi leads the way in reducing NZ fleet emissions

Mitsubishi’s commitment to lessening the environmental impact of its fleet is translating directly onto New Zealand’s roads, with the company recording the biggest improvement in CO2 exhaust emissions across all new vehicles sold by the country’s top ten auto manufacturers from 2009 to 2013. 

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Diamond dealers awarded by Mitsubishi Motors

Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand (MMNZ) has just announced the winners of its annual Diamond Dealer awards.

MMNZ executive director Warren Brown says that while the market for new car sales has been favourable over the past 18 months, the winners’ success was underpinned by “the same essential qualities of outstanding customer service, passion and business acumen that characterise the Diamond Dealer programme”.

“As a company, we’ve enjoyed 52 months of consecutive year-on-year growth – topped in March by our largest sales month in ten years,” says Brown.

However, it’s the dedication and continued hard work of our sales and service staff that truly inspire brand loyalty and drive these figures onward and upward.”

The winners ranged from first-time recipient Aaron Chatfield of Bay City Mitsubishi Tauranga, to the network’s most-decorated dealer – Mark Barton of Auckland Motors, who took home his tenth award.

“As a salesman with Bay City for several years, Aaron played a large role in its success under the long-standing stewardship of Keith Henderson,” says Brown. “After taking over in June 2013, Aaron and his wife Angela have built on those foundations to take the business to new levels, capping their first year in charge with a much-deserved award.

“Mark and Rae Barton epitomise what it takes to be a Diamond Dealer year-in, year-out – unfailing passion, dedication and determination.”

Justin and Catherine Scelly of Baigent Motors in Matamata won this year’s Parts and Service Diamond Dealer Award.

“Our extensive parts and service network is a vital part of our business and touch-point for many of our customers living outside of the main centres,” says Brown. “Justin puts his customers first and absolutely ‘walks the walk’: he isn’t afraid of rolling up his sleeves and getting on the tools when necessary to meet customer expectations.”

The winners list:
Bay City Mitsubishi (Aaron & Angela Chatfield)
Auckland Motors Mitsubishi (Mark & Rayleen Barton)
Archibald Mitsubishi (Brian & Rosemary Archibald)
Piako Mitsubishi Morrinsville (Darrell & Catherine Russell)
McVerry Crawford Mitsubishi Palmerston North (Tom & Amy McVerry)
Simon & Carolyn Lucas Mitsubishi (Simon & Carolyn Lucas)
Baigent Motors (Justin & Catherine Scelly)

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Completion of 8 week of cold testing in Russia

Meant to be a global car and therefore, to meet all possible driving conditions in all regions, Outlander PHEV went through various kinds of testing during development, including hot weather in USA as well as cold weather in Canada.

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Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle hits number one

In only its first month of retail sales the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) has become New Zealand’s most popular Electric vehicle with sales of 41 units. Not only is this the largest selling Electric vehicle for the month of April, but it also makes Outlander PHEV the largest selling electric vehicle ever introduced to New Zealand.

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