Mitsubishi to Debut European

The European specification model of Mitsubishi's new global sub-compact car, which is known in other parts of the world including Japan as the Mirage, will make its first public outing at the Paris Motor Show later this month. Mitsubishi has not yet revealed the name of the European variant that will go on sale in February of 2013, but since it is likely to replace the aging Colt supermini, it may also take up its name.
From the single image released by Mitsubishi, it looks like there are no styling differences with the Asian market model produced in Thailand.
In Europe, the 3,710 mm long, 1,665 mm wide and 1,490 mm tall five-door hatchback will be available with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine coupled to a standard Auto Stop & Go (AS&G) idling system and a five-speed manual transmission delivering CO2 emissions of 92 g/km.
"With its compact body dimensions, the European version of the new global compact car delivers easy-to-drive maneuverability and peppy performance while at the same time maximizing interior occupant space through its high-efficiency packaging," said Mitsubishi in a statement.

Toyota Launches Redesigned Porte and New Spade Mini MPVs

Responding to increased demand for subcompact cars with minivan-like features in its home market of Japan, Toyota has given its Porte model a makeover while also introducing a second variant of the series named Spade. The two cars, which are similar in philosophy to the Peugeot 1007 (2004-2009), differ only in their exterior appearance with the Spade sporting a boxier front end with sharper lines and headlamps and bespoke tail lamp graphics and rear bumper trim.
Both models are equipped with a single, remote-controlled electric sliding door (1,020 mm wide by 1,250 mm tall) on the passenger side and two conventional doors on the driver's side, and measure 3,995mm long (157.3 inches), 1,695mm (66.7 inches) wide and 1,690mm (66.5 inches) tall, while riding on a comfy 2,600mm (102.4 inches) wheelbase.
The five-seater cabin comes with all sorts of practical features ranging from a front passenger seat that folds down completely to form a table and which can be adjusted back and forth 700 mm, to a 60/40-split rear seat with seat cushion tip-up functio, and hooks for hanging shopping bags to specially designed tissue holders front and back.
Powertrain options include 1.3-liter and an updated 1.5-liter petrol engines coupled to a Super CVT-i (Continuously Variable Transmission-intelligent) automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive.
Prices for the Toyota Spade and Porte in Japan range from 1,450,000 Yen to 1,910,000 Yen (US$18,450 to US$24,300 / €15,100 to €19,900).





2014 BMW 2-Series / 1-Series

Over the past year, BMW has presented the five-door and three-door hatchback body styles as well as the M Performance-prepped and badged M135i version of the second generation 1-Series, also known under the internal codename F20. So what's left to complete the series? Well, depends on how you define the 1-Series range.
To explain, there's a small minivan-like model that may or may not be called the 1-Series Grand Turimso but which is not mechanically related to the hatchback variants as it will likely share its FWD underpinnings with the next generation of the Mini. This model is rumored to debut at the Paris Motor Show in September.
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