A two-way buzz at show
pointer to a new plug-in hybrid for short distances.
The Hiroshima-based carmaker has concentrated on its new Sky Concept to showcase a new Sky-G petrol and Sky-D diesel engine, as well as a new six-speed automatic gearbox.
Don’t think of the Concept PX-MiEV as a new off-roader. Mitsubishi says the PX crossover just houses a new plug-in hybrid system that gets about 3.0 litres/100km. Apart from its drivetrain, the interior uses seat upholstery that kills bacteria and gets rid of offensive odours. The i-MIEV Cargo is also a new commercial van concept taken from the i-MIEV electric car.
You may not have heard about it, but this Japanese kit-car specialist has combined a tuned 200kW 2.3-litre turbo engine from the Mazda3 MPS and a lightweight body to deliver a hot-shot sportscar, the Supasse V. The V gets an aluminium twin-tube monocoque spaceframe chassis with a fibreglass body. The Supasse is expected to sell in Japan for about $80,000.
Cunning concepts: (above) Toyota’s FT-86 Concept and (below) the gullwing Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept.