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Mitsubishi recalls nearly 7,000 Lancer models from 2008 and 2009 over fuel pipe crack concerns

After talking earlier today about the fact that recalls will be made mandatory in the European Union, Mitsubishi and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) from the United States have announced that they are calling back into service 6,903 Lancer models.

The recall, which applies to any of the vehicles made during 2008 and 2009, including versions like Evolution, Ralliart, and Sportback Ralliart, besides the normal one, is due to an improperly attached fuel pipe, which, after running the engine at certain speeds and causing vibrations, will make it crack, spilling the fuel onto the hot motor, thus generating a big fire.

Mitsubishi dealers are now instructed to call back the models they have sold and replace the fuel pipe, while adding two new brackets in order to make sure that any vibrations from the motor won’t lead to any new cracks in it. All of the process will be completely free of charge, so Lancer owners can rest safe. You can contact the manufacturer at 1-888-648-7820, or you can contact the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.

Hopefully this dangerous problem will be fixed and everyone driving a Lancer in the United States can rest safely once more and enjoy their Japanese car.


New 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Facelift revealed, heavy Lancer influence

We have certainly been talking a lot about the Frankfurt Motor Show, but manufacturers aren’t focused solely on that exhibition. The latest example is Mitsubishi, which has recently revealed its new Outlander 2010 facelift in China.

Courtesy of Auto.sohu we can marvel at the first pictures of this new SUV, which takes borrows many design lines from the Outlander GT Prototype, which was revealed at the New York Motor Show. Also, you can’t help to notice the new front end, which is almost the same as the one on the Lancer flagship model, which was also outfitted to the new Colt city car recently.

Besides the remodeled front end, there isn’t a lot of other things which stand out, besides the newer side mirrors, fenders and hood, which seems to categorize this facelift as a purely cosmetic one. Hopefully we might see the Japanese car maker present something in Frankfurt, perhaps the European edition of the SUV, but nothing is for sure.


The new Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart priced at $26,490

Yesterday, Mitsubishi Motors North America announced that the pricing for the new Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart will start at $26,490. The Lancer Ralliart is powered by a modified version of the Lancer Evolution 4B11 turbocharged intercooled 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC engine, which now develops 237 hp and is mated to a Twin Clutch-Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST).

The full-time 4WD driveline features Mitsubishi’s Active Center Differential (ACD) unit, Standard Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control (TCL), a front helical and rear mechanical limited slip differentials, Ralliart-tuned suspension and 18-inch alloy wheels. There’s also available an optional RECARO Sport Package, for $2,750, which features Xenon HID headlamps, 650 watt Rockford Fosgate, Sirius Satellite Radio with 6-months subscription and RECARO front sport seats

The new 2009 model year Lancer Ralliart also comes with a fully transferable 3-year/36,000 mile “bumper-to-bumper” new vehicle limited warranty. The Mitsubishi “3/36,” limited warranty is in addition to a 5-year/60,000 mile power train limited warranty and a 7-year/100,000 mile anti-corrosion perforation limited warranty. In addition, all Mitsubishi models come with 5-year unlimited miles Roadside Assistance benefits.

Check out more photos after the jump.

World’s largest parade of Mitsubishi Evos

This weekend, at Castle Combe Racing Circuit in Wiltshire, England, MLR (Mitsubishi Lancer Register) has set a new world record for the largest parade of Mitsubishi Evos. Though less than expected, 273 Evos , grouped by color, drove for 2 miles at constant speed and managed to brake the record and also raise £7,459.27 for the Richard Burns Foundation, with a big support from Mitsubishi Motors UK.

The record was confirmed by Buiness World Records and Darin Frow, the MLR Chairman said that “it has taken a small team of MLR members a huge amount of time and effort over the last year to pull this World Record attempt together, but to see it finally come to life on Saturday was incredible [..] Everyone involved had a great day and to see so many Evos on track all at once whilst history was in the making was truly spectacular. We were delighted with the support we received from Mitsubishi UK and for their generous contribution to our chosen charity.”

The new Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart for less than $27k

The new sports sedan from Mitsubishi will have an interesting impact when it will be launched this fall. For less than $27,000 you can get a hot ride after it hits the showrooms in September. A fully Ralliant will come with Recaro seats, Sirius Satellite Radio, upgraded headlamps and a GPS system for near $30,000. Some officials already confirmed the pricing. Before the final price will be public, Mitsubishi weighs the impact of fluctuations of the dollar and yen.

The Ralliart aka WRX competitor develops from the Lancer lineup and it fits abobe the base model but is a step below the 291hp Evolution. Also the Ralliant shares considerable engine and body parts with the Evo. The car will get 237 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque out of its turbocharged 2.0-liter four, and retains some driving characteristics of the Evo-one. The Ralliart shares a twin-clutch SST transmission with the Evo. The Mitsubishi officials point the Ralliart as a potential green option for drivers looking for a good performance.

Mitsubishi expects five to ten percent of all US Lancer sales for the Ralliart and around 300-350 sells per month. In the meantime Mitsubishi is working on some electric vehicle technology, a project called iMiEV, and we all espect a nice small car. “I think we’re very serious about the technology,” said Bryan Arnett, product strategy manager for Mitsubishi Motors North America.

Also, the Concept-cX that debuted at the Frankfurt auto show last fall is also being considered for this market, possibly as early as 2010.

First Mitsubishi Lancer Prototype-S photos

We’ce already seen the Mitsubishi Lancer Prototype-S Concept drawings and now we’ve got the first photos of the car, which is not actually a concept, but more of a pre-production version of the upcoming Lancer Ralliart, Mitsubishi hatchback competitor for the Subaru Impreza WRX. Scheduled to make world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the car is powered by EVO X’s 2.0 liter Turbo engine, delivering 240 hp and 343 Nm of torque mated to a Twin Clutch SST gearbox and a full-time 4 wheel drive featuring Mitsubishi Motors’ Active Center Differential.

But, though the numbers look good, we can’t really say we love the car. I mean, the front part is superb, but what’s with that rear part? Not cool. What do you think?

Check out more photos after the jump.


Mitsubishi Lancer Evo pricing announced

Mitsubishi announced the pricing for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X. The cheapest Evo will be the GSR model, priced at $34,000, while the top of the line, the MR model will start at$39,000. Both models are powered by the same 291 hp 2.0 liter turbocharged engine, the main difference being that the MR model features 6-speed dual clutch transmission (TC-SST). Even though prices are a little higher than the current generation (especially for the GSR version), I still think the Evo X will be quite a success.


2008 Mitsubishi Evo X unveiled

Scheduled to be presented at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, here are the first official photos of the new Mitsubishi Evo X. Based on the Prototype-X, presented by Mitsubishi in this year’s Detroit Show, it seems that the sport sedan will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that packs 295 hp and it also features a new Mitsubishi four-wheel drive system.

Another new feature of the new Mitsubishi Evo X will be a Twin Clutch SST dual-clutch sequential gearbox. The car will also offer better handling and grip than the current Evo IX, despite being slower. (it goes from 0 to 62 mph (100km/h) in 5.0 seconds). More info when we have the official press release, meanwhile enjoy more photos after the jump.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X Almost Ready

Mitsubishi unveiled some more close to production-model shots of the upcoming Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X. The model, which was first presented in 2005 in Tokyo is getting closer to it’s production look, because it seems that the street production version Evo will be almost exactly like the one presented in this shots.

The new model features Mitsubishi’s S-AWC3 traction and handling system, that integrates the control of drive torque and braking management with the four-wheel drive system, and it will be powered by a new lightweight and high-performance 2.0-liter turbocharged MIVEC4 engine with aluminum cylinder block and a 6-speed automated manual transmission that contributes to exceptional performance with improved fuel economy. (more…)