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Mitsubishi Motors’ next-generation Outlander on sale in Japan

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced the launch of the all-new Outlander mid-size SUV for the Japan market at dealerships throughout Japan today. This will be a homecoming of sorts for the new Outlander after going on sale in Russia and Europe.

This successor of the previous Outlander core model (which sold about 660,000 units during its lifetime) harmoniously balances high levels of safety, high fuel efficiency, and extended utility to provide a “premium driving experience.”

The new Outlander represents the fusion of every facet of MMC’s car-building technology and knowhow. The focus for the new Outlander was on achieving a significantly refined look and feel that oozes quality in its exterior appearance, interior, and driving performance along with world-class safety features such as “e-Assist.” As a result it offers superior on-road safety performance with its advanced occupant safety features and high-performance 4WD drivetrain while also achieving excellent environmental performance through its extensive use of fuel efficiency technologies and reductions in weight.

Mitsubishi Motors’ next-generation outstanding Outlander

Outstanding Environmental Credentials
Designed to be eco-friendly, the Outlander accomplishes this with fuel efficiency and CO2 emission levels that are among the best in class with Outlander diesel models recording 5.8L/100km and 153g/100kms respectively.

The all-new Outlander is fitted with next-generation Smart MIVEC engines with variable lift and timing control and ECO Drive Assistant Function.

The Outlander is offered with a choice of petrol and diesel engines with a diesel six-speed automatic model introduced to the Outlander range for the first time. Available on the Outlander 4WD LS and Outlander Aspire, the 2.2-litre in-line four-cylinder turbo charged MIVEC engine provides a superior level of environmental performance, with CO2 emissions of 153g/100kms which is amongst the best in its class. With a lighter body weight of 1610kg achieved through the optimisation of the body structure, the use of high-tensile strength panelling and improved aerodynamics, the Outlander diesel engine delivers fuel efficiency of 5.8L/100kms.

Outlander 2WD ES models are powered by the petrol 2.0-litre MIVEC engine which produces fuel economy of 7.0L/100kms in five-speed manual transmission and 6.6L/100kms in Continuously Variable Transmission. Outlander 4WD ES models use the 2.4-litre MIVEC engine mated to Continuously Variable Transmission to deliver fuel efficiency of 7.5L/100kms.

Furthermore, the new Outlander is equipped with an eco-friendly driving system, ECO Drive, which notifies the driver when they are driving at maximum efficiency. Turning on ECO mode results in fuel-efficient driving with energy-saving control across the engine, air-conditioning and four-wheel drive systems.

Driving information from the ECO Drive mode is reviewed for each designated time period and a gauge is displayed using five leaves. This encourages the driver to learn and then adopt an environmentally-friendly driving style to achieve a ‘high’ score. This ECO score is displayed every three minutes during driving with a total score displayed for the time from ignition start to when it is turned off. The system also displays the status of environmentally-friendly driving in a bar graph, allowing drivers to understand the level of environmentally-friendly driving in real time.

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Mitsubishi Motors Refines the Legendary Pajero

Official Mitsubishi News – MMAL’s CEO Mutsuhiro Oshikiri said the new-look Pajero line-up caters for four-wheel drive enthusiasts at all levels.

“From the entry-level GLX to the luxury Exceed, there is a Pajero to suit all budgets and to cater for all on and off-road needs,” Oshikiri said.

The Pajero is available with a powerful, fuel-efficient 3.2-litre Common Rail turbo diesel engine with the option of a 3.8-litre MIVEC petrol engine in the Exceed model. The Common Rail turbo diesel delivers a massive 147kW of power at 3,800 rpm and 441Nm of torque at 2,000rpm while providing a smooth and fuel-efficient ride of 9.0L/100kms.

The MIVEC petrol engine option provides up to 184kW of power at 6,000rpm and torque of 329Nm at 2,750 rpm while delivering minimal fuel consumption of 13.5L/100km and a comfortable drive.

With such impressive power and torque, the Pajero’s huge three-tonne towing capacity means everything from a boat or caravan to a trailer can be towed with confidence. With flexible seating for up to seven people, the Pajero is the ultimate family car and because the third row of seats can be completely removed or folded and stored under the rear floor, there’s even more room to fit everything in. The addition of rear differential lock as standard across the 13MY Pajero range boosts the versatility of Mitsubishi’s legendary four-wheel drive.

The Pajero range offers outstanding occupant and driver safety utilising the latest Mitsubishi safety technology. Standard safety equipment includes Mitsubishi’s RISE body protection along with front driver and passenger, side and curtain SRS airbags and reversing camera to enhance driver visibility and awareness.

All Pajeros are equipped with MATT (Mitsubishi All Terrain Technology) which delivers superior off-road control and outstanding on-road safety and handling. To bolster the MATT package, 13MY Pajeros now come with rear differential lock as standard across the range. MATT incorporates a number of systems including Active Stability and Traction Control, ABS braking system with EBD and Super Select 4WD II. Super Select 4WD II lets the driver alternate between 2WD and 4WD modes at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour on any surface, making the switch from on-road fuel efficiency to off-road traction simple.

Available colour choices across the 2013 Pajero range include Cool Silver, Graphite, Champagne, Ironbark, Warm White, White and pearlescent Pitch Black.

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Tailgate Steps Are Not Just for Ford Pickups Anymore

There has been increasing demand from 2011 Chevy and GMC heavy duty pickup owners for a tailgate step like the popular Ford tailgate step. Pickups are getting taller each year making it more difficult to climb into the bed of the trucks. Ford is the only manufacturer that includes a tailgate step as an option. Aftermarket suppliers have been meeting this demand with innovative products.

STATZ Corporation has added a new tailgate step model for the 2011 Chevy and GMC 2500 and 3500 heavy duty pickup trucks. The model 10321 DEBO Step® tailgate step is an addition to STATZ Corporation product line of custom fit truck steps. This step mounts to the trailer hitch crossbar, and can be extended and used to help the user to gain access to the bed of the pickup truck, and telescopes under the truck when not in use.

The changes to the 2011 GMC and Chevy’s trailer hitch made this new design necessary. Unlike the other STATZ Corporation Chevy/GMC models that bolt to the frame of the truck, this model is designed to go over the 3″ square crossbar of the hitch frame. STATZ Corporation manufactures 16 models for Chevy/GMC, Ford, Dodge, Nissan and Toyota full size pickup trucks.

STATZ Corporation is a service disabled veteran owned company based in Cross Plains, Wisconsin. STATZ Corporation has been manufacturing, marketing and selling pickup tailgate steps under the brand name DEBO Step® since 2007.

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AW Rostamani Trading Wins Exclusive Distributorship With Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile (ZNA) In UAE

AW Rostamani Trading, part of the AW Rostamani Group, has signed an exclusive distributorship with Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile (ZNA) in UAE. Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile (ZNA) is one of China ‘s biggest automotive manufacturers established in 1993.

As part of the partnership, AW Rostamani Trading is also launching a brand new state-of-the-art showroom on Deira’s Airport Road in Dubai.

Commenting on the agreement, Mr. Abdul Wahid Al Rostamani, Chairman of AW Rostamani Group said: “We are proud to be partnering with one of the largest automotive group in China and look forward to the ­­vast experience they will no doubt bring to the region. The company’s outstanding reputation and excellent vehicle quality assures us of the success of this venture.”

Speaking on the appointment of AW Rostamani Trading as the exclusive distributor in the UAE, General Manager Overseas Business of Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile Co., ZHAO Hongwei said: “We are honoured to announce this partnership with AW Rostamani Trading part of AWR Group, a group with over 42 years experience in the automotive industry in the UAE. Highly successful and well known throughout the region, we look forward to a successful future working alongside the company.”

CEO of AW Rostamani Automotives, Michel Ayat said: “AW Rostamani Trading is honoured to be undertaking this joint venture with what is one of China ‘s biggest and most successful automotive groups, Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile Co. We are confident that ZNA’s high quality vehicles – which will now be distributed in the Middle East for the first time and which include the well known and reliable Nissan and ZNA brands – will ensure the future success of this partnership

Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile Co. (ZNA ), established in 1993 and located in Zhengzhou in central China , is a 50/50 joint venture between DongFeng Group and Nissan Motor. ZNA’s newest partnership with AW Rostamani sees the company supplying high-end pickups and SUVs to the UAE with the AW Rostamani Trading distributing the vehicles exclusively, as well as offering support in the form of servicing and warranty.

ZNA has 185 distributors all over China , with 654 dealers and 356 service centres. In high-end pick up and off-road SUV segments, ZNA has ranked number one in over 80% of its market share.

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Black Is The UK’s Most Popular Car Colour, Says Autoquake.com

Autoquake.com has revealed that black is currently the most popular colour for used cars among shoppers with the online used car retailer. Following usability improvements to the site, visitors have been able to search for used cars by colour for almost a month and of those who used this facility the majority looked for black.

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With an average of 1000 cars for sale and 10,000 visitors per day, only slightly less than two thirds (65.9%) of searches were for a black vehicle. That’s nearly six times as many who searched for silver (11.5%), usually reckoned to be the most popular colour among second-hand car buyers.

Superstition seems to have played a part in many shoppers’ preferences. Green is often said to be an unlucky colour for a car. Just 0.09% of Autoquake.com’s used car buyers looked for a green machine.

Other colours were way down Autoquake.com buyers’ wish list. Red polled just 6.6%, only just ahead of grey on 5.7%. Blue was preferred by just 5.3% of shoppers.

One colour that used car buyers usually avoid is white, but with iPods and other upmarket consumer goods making white more fashionable nearly one in 20 shoppers searched for a white car.

It might seem like a matter of personal taste, but there’s more to choosing the colour of a car than just picking a favourite shade. It pays for buyers to choose wisely if they want to maximise the value of their car. Although second in the eyes of Autoquake.com’s website users, silver is usually reckoned to be the safest colour for solid resale values. Perhaps it’s not everyone’s favourite, but it’s smart, understated and won’t frighten many buyers off. Just as importantly, it’s not a fashionable, up-to-the-minute colour, which might look great on the driveway today but seem naff in three or four years.

Red seems to be the big loser at the moment. The searches made by Autoquake.com users reinforce other recent surveys which have shown that red is less popular than it was in the ’80s and ’90s.

The trend seems to be to move away from vivid, in-your-face colour choices to something more sober, perhaps reflecting the desire to consume less conspicuously in difficult economic times. This could also help to explain the popularity of grey, the favoured choice of more than 1-in-20 Autoquake.com users.

About Autoquake.com
Autoquake.com is the UK’s largest online car retailer. Founded in 2005 with the goal to provide a better used car buying experience, Autoquake.com currently helps around 1000 buyers a month.

Cars for sale in Autoquake.com’s virtual showroom are displayed with descriptions including 40 high quality digital pictures. All cars go through a 141 point inspection and come with a 100% money back guarantee. Car finance, warranty, insurance and delivery are supplementary options that buyers can benefit from.

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Colorado Honda Dealer Burt-Kuni Honda Becomes Kuni Honda And Launches An Advanced New Dealership Web Site

The great Colorado dealership team, Burt-Kuni Honda, just got a new name. Burt-Kuni Honda, located in the Denver area, is now Kuni Honda. We are the same Honda dealer with the same hard working employees as before. And we’re keeping everything you loved about Burt-Kuni Honda but going to be even better as Kuni Honda!

The name change is the result of Vancouver, Wash.-based Kuni Automotive Group’s purchase of the ownership stake previously held by Burt Automotive Network. Terms of the transaction, which was finalized on February 1, 2009, were not announced.

In addition, the Kuni Honda team has been working on the launch of the new web site www.kuni-honda.com. Launching new applications, reorganizing and re-designing to make the site truly better and different than other dealerships’ sites. We’re making these additions and changes for one main goal: To improve the internet guest user experience.

Some of the new features include: Easy to use landing pages. The ability to easily sort through the online inventory for all new Accords, Civics, CRVs, Elements, Pilots, Fits, Odysseys, Ridgelines and S200s. They have added an IPQS™ Get Your Price feature for all vehicles. Integrated an E-Z Honda Vehicle Financing Pre-Approval tool. Added a great Kuni Honda TV with 13 plus channels, all with multiple vehicle model videos for your viewing pleasure. Added very informative pages including, vehicle information pages, Honda Finance product pages, Honda Service information pages and many more. Advanced vehicle payment calculators and lease payment calculators are also now available. And in addition, a great specials section with pages for Honda lease specials, Honda Financing specials, used car specials, Honda Certified Used Car specials, Honda Service Specials and Honda Parts and Accessories specials is also now available.

Please come see our new site today located at www.kuni-honda.com and let us know what you think!

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