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Mitsubishi Motors Details New Mitsubishi Graphics Program, All-Wheel Drive Lancer SE

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA), is set to detail exciting new product offerings and events at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show including a new customized graphics program available for the 2012 Mitsubishi i electric vehicle and the 2012 Lancer, an affordably-priced and well-equipped all-wheel drive version of the company's popular Lancer compact sports sedan, and the opportunity for consumers to jump behind the wheel for a test drive of the all-new 100% electric-powered 2012 Mitsubishi i.

Hot Mitsubishi Graphics for Mitsubishi i Electric Vehicle and Lancer Models
As if the distinctively-shaped 2012 Mitsubishi i electric vehicle and the head-turning Lancer sport sedan weren't stylish enough, owners of these vehicles will now be able to add their own personalized style to each of these remarkable vehicles, thanks to the new Mitsubishi Graphics program.

Available for the all-new Mitsubishi i in December and the Lancer by the end of 2011, customers can simply log onto and/or beginning in early December, select their graphic(s), print out the order and take it to their local Mitsubishi dealer to purchase their stylish new graphics package for their eco-friendly Mitsubishi i or sporty Lancer model. The Mitsubishi dealer will then place the order for the graphics package, inform the customer when the artwork for their vehicle arrives and coordinate wîth the customer for its installation by a professional 3M™ Original Wraps installer.

Crafted from premium high-quality 3M™ Scotchprint® on-demand vinyl graphic film and a clear laminate for additional protection, the new Mitsubishi Graphics are composed of the same material used for premium full-wrap vehicle graphics. Mitsubishi Graphics can be purchased at Mitsubishi dealerships and come wîth a 3-year/36,000 mile warranty from 3M™.
For more information on the Mitsubishi Graphics program, including product pricing, availability, selection and care, please call 1-877-236-4428 or log on to

All-Wheel Drive 2012 Lancer SE AWC
The Mitsubishi Lancer compact sports sedan has been a popular choice for automotive consumers thanks to its winning combination of style, capability and athleticism. For the 2012 model year, Mitsubishi Motors takes the model to new heights wîth the addition of the new Lancer SE AWC sports sedan that includes the company's famous All Wheel Control (AWC) all-wheel drive system - and at a remarkably low price point.

The AWC, working in concert wîth the vehicle's active stability control (ASC) and anti-lock braking (ABS) systems, offers an enhanced level of traction, stability and control in adverse driving conditions and on slick road surfaces. The system features three distinct driver-selected driving modes (2WD, 4WD AÚTO and 4WD LOCK) for maximum performance and tractability in various road and/or weather conditions. An added degree of driver control is also available wîth a simple push of a button that directs up to 70% of the engine's available power to the electronic control coupling that controls the rear wheels (4WD LOCK mode).

All 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer SE AWC models are powered by the company's venerable 2.4-liter normally-aspirated 4-cylinder engine that features Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) and a fuel-saving continuously-variable transmission (CVT).

Vital Stats
Engine : 2.4 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 168 hp
Torque: 167 ft-lbs

With a starting MSRP of only $20,195, the Lancer SE AWC is packed wîth a full complement of luxury features and amenities including air-conditioning, heated front seats and side mirrors, keyless entry, sporty 16-inch alloy wheels, a 160-watt AM/FM/CD player sound system wîth 4 speakers, 7 air bags, Active Stability Control (ASC) wîth Traction Control Logic (TCL) and eye-catching chrome of upper and lower grille sections.

Source - Mitsubishi
An all-new addition to Mitsubishi's varied 2012 model lineup, the Lancer SE AWC brings the Japanese auto manufacturer's sophisticated and proven All Wheel Control (AWC) all-wheel drive system to a very affordably §egmènt of the highly competitive compact sports sedan market wîth a starting MSRP of only $20,195.

Though miniscule in price, the 2012 Lancer SE AWC packs a comprehensive list of standard features including a 7 air bag safety system, air conditioning, power windows and door locks, heated front seats and door mirrors, a 4 speaker 160-watt AM/FM/CD sound system, 16-in. alloy wheels, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, keyless entry – even advanced safety features including Active Stability Control (ASC) and Traction Control Logic (TCL). Stylish interior and exterior accents include deluxe fabric for the seating surfaces and appealing upper and lower chrome grille sections.

All of the all-wheel drive Lancer SE AWC models are powered by the company's proven 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine complete wîth Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) variable valve-timing system that helps to produce maximum power while minimizing harmful emissions. Powerful yet efficient, fuel economy and performance of the all-wheel drive system are further enhanced by the adoption of an advanced continuously-variable transmission. (posted on

The road-gripping All Wheel Control (AWC) system greatly improves the vehicle's safety by vastly improving traction levels and the driver's control of the vehicle in both ideal (dry) and less than ideal (snow, ice, rain) driving conditions.

The major systems/components of the All Wheel Control (AWC) system include:

• Transfer Case
• Electronic Control Coupling
• ASC/ABS Únit
• 4WD Controller (works wîth ASC/ABS Únit)
• Driver-operated Drive Mode Switch

The latter item – the driver-controlled Drive Mode Switch – allows the vehicle's operator to engage three distinct driving modes to maximize the Lancer's fuel efficiency and/or enhance tractability:

Offers the greatest fuel-efficiency on dry roads

Well-balanced all-wheel drive driving mode offers exceptional/predictable handling, high-speed stability and improved traction in all driving conditions.

Additional AWD performance in adverse slippery conditions such as sand- or snow-covered roads.

When the driver engages the 4WD LOCK mode, this setting directs up to 70% of the engine's available power to the electronic control coupling that controls the rear wheels.

Among the welcome accessories and options available for this new all-wheel drive Lancer sports sedan model include a Navigation System Package ($2,295) consisting of a 40GB HDD navigation system wîth music server and real-time traffic information (RDS); a stylish Exterior Package ($850) that includes rear wing, front air dam, exhaust finisher and fog lights; an LED Illumination Package ($335) wîth blue-colored floor illumination and interior lamps; and the FÚSE Hands-free Link System™ wîth ÚSB port ($395) that allows the vehicle's occupants to operate the sound system (CD/MP3 player, radio iPod™) and a Bluetooth™-enabled cell phone simply by the use of voice commands.

From residents of the Snowbelt states all the way to the Rocky Mountains, the rain-soaked Pacific Northwest to South Florida, the new 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer SE AWC is the perfect go-anywhere, do-anything performance sedan for the consumer in search of a vehicle that offers the piece of mind of an advanced, fuel-efficient all-wheel drive system at an easily attainable price point.

Source - Mitsubishi
The Mitsubishi Lancer was first introduced in 1973, and since that time more than six million examples have been sold. It has carried many different names, sold by different manufacturers, and come in different shapes and sizes. Since the cars inception, it has proven to be a solid competitor in rally competition. It has been a very versatile, and capable automobile.

When first introduced, it joined Mitsubishi's other models which included the Galant, their compact car, and the Minica kei car. The Lancer fell into ranks between these two models, serving as the company's lower-to-middle class vehicle. When introduced, it was offered in twelve different trim levels, included the base 1.2-liter sedan, and ranging towards the rally-prepared 1600 GSR. Two bodystyles were offered, the 2-door coupe and the 4-door sedan. There was also a five-door station wagon, but the production levels on this never reached very high. A hatchback was added in 1975, called the Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste and offered with either a 1.4- or 1.6-liter engine. A 2.0-liter unit was later added.

The second generation of the Mitsubishi Lancer was introduced in 1978 and remained in production until 1983. The only bodystyle offered was the four-door sedan; two engine sizes were available, a 1.4- and 1.8-liter four-cylinder unit. The big news for this generation was the addition of the Lancer EX, which brought with it a turbocharger for the 1.8-liter engine.

In 1982 the next generation of the Lancer was introduced. A new model was launched, dubbed the lancer Fiore and based on the Mitsubishi Mirage. This generation of the Lancer was offered in a 3-door hatchback, 4-door sedan, 5-door hatchback, and five-door station wagon. The 1.6- and 1.8-liter engines were still available. A diesel version was introduced, and fuel injected and turbocharged versions were offered.

The station wagon was added in 1985, and it was followed quickly by a four-wheel drive version.

In 1988 the next iteration of the Lancer began, and would persist until 1992. The design changed; the car became less boxy, and more aerodynamic in appearance and principle. The edges became more round and modern. The shape followed the design of the Galant.

By now, the Lancer name was being shared with the Dodge Lancer, which was being sold in the United States by Chrysler Group. In Japan, the model was known as the Mirage Aspire.

This generation of the Lancer was sold as a 3-door hatchback, four-door sedan, and 5-door hatchback. Front and four-wheel drive was available.

In 1991, the differences between the Mirage and the Lancer became even greater, though both were still built on the same platform. In the North American market, the Lancer was sold as the Eagle Summit.

A V6 engine, which displaced just 1.6-liters, was introduced and powered the Mirage, along with other Mitsubishi cars. It would even become the power source for one of the HSR Concept vehicles. This V6 engine was the smallest mass-produced V6, a title it retains to this day. Other engine options included a 1.3, 1.5, 1.8, and 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines. The 1.3 and 1.5-liter versions were SOHC while the rest were DOHC. The 1.8 was created in both SOHC and DOHC fashion. The standard gearbox was the five-speed manual, with the four-speed automatic being sold as optional equipment.

The big news was the Lancer GSR, which had a high-performance turbocharged engine and would form the groundwork for the Lancer Evolution, commonly known as the Lancer Evo, which began in September of 1993. The Evo used the drivetrain of the Galant VR-4 rally car, and would soon prove its potential as a high performance competition machine.

All of the Lancer Evolutions has shared a two-liter, turbocharged engine and four-wheel drive system. The Evolutions, prior to version V, are the officially-approved models for Mitsubishi's efforts in the World Rally Championship's Group A class and SCCA Pro Rally Championship. The cars are built on the same platform as the other Lancers, but given many performance upgrades and mechanical improvements.

Lancer Evolutions continue to race in Group A and Group N classes.

The seventh generation of the Lancer was introduced in 1995 and produced until 2000. It continued the Lancers successful formula of enjoying strong sales throughout the world. In Japan, the name for the sedan and wagon continued as the Libero; related Mirage models were still available. The Coupe was known as the Mirage Asti in Japan, and the Lancer Coupe in the rest of the world.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V is the only Mitsubishi to earn the WRC Constructors Championship for its marque. Tommi Makinen has claimed four WRC Drivers Championships, from 1996 through 2000, in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (IV, V & VI). Makinen has driven Mitsubishi's in most of his WRC career. The exception being a Ford Escort RS Cosworth in 1994 and a Subaru Impreza WRC in 2002.

The eight generation of the Lancer was introduced in 2000 in Japan. Most of the other markets continued with the seventh generation. The 8th gen Lancer was available in a four-door sedan configuration or as a station wagon.

Styling changes for the Lancer occurred in 2004 and 2005 for the North American market. The grille was given more fins so it was closer in design to the American version of the Galant. The facia was changed slightly again in 2006.

The Sportback and Ralliart were introduced to the US in 2004. Both of these trim levels brought more equipped and bigger engines. The Sportback has a 160 horsepower engine and the Ralliart was just a little higher, at 162. For both, the suspension had been improved, resulting in better handling and performance. The cars were lowered and 16-inch alloy wheels could now be found on all four corners. Aerodynamic ground package, fog lamps, and front bucket seats completed the ensemble. The Ralliart was given clear rear tail lights and a rear deck spoiler, which did little except enhance the cars appearance. All Sportbacks were equipped with an INVECS-II automatic gearbox. The Ralliart had the five-speed manual as standard and the four-speed automatic as optional.

Slow sales and financial difficulties for Mitsubishi had the Sportback canceled after just one year.

The Mitsubishi Concept X was unveiled to the public at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show; Concept-Sportback was shown a little while later at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new lancer drew its design inspiration from both of these concepts, which was officially unveiled at the 2007 Detroit Motor Show. Sales for this generation of vehicle went on sale in the US in March of 2007. it is available as a four-door sedan.

By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2007
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