Mitsubishi Concept Global Small Debuts Ahead of 2011 Geneva Auto Show

2011 Geneva Auto Show

  • Mitsubishi Concept Global Small @ 2011 Geneva Auto Show

    The Mitsubishi Concept Global Small vehicle is bound for the 2011 Geneva Auto Show and U.S. driveways in 2013. | March 02, 2011

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2011 Geneva Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The Mitsubishi Concept Global Small car was unveiled Tuesday ahead of its debut at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show.
  • It is a sub-B-segment car that will go on sale in the U.S. in 2013.
  • It may be called the Mitsubishi Colt, resurrecting a familiar moniker.

TOKYO — The Mitsubishi Concept Global Small car, which is bound for the U.S. and emerging markets around the world, was unveiled Tuesday ahead of its formal debut at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show.

"It is coming to the U.S. sometime in calendar year 2013," said Maurice Durand, Mitsubishi Motors North America spokesman in a phone conversation with on Tuesday morning. "It's a pretty aggressive program."

Durand said he did not have any technical specifications on the U.S. version of the Mitsubishi concept, although he acknowledged the media speculation that it would be equipped with a 1.3-liter engine or smaller. "I can't confirm any of that at this point," he said.

In a statement, Mitsubishi said the five-passenger Concept Global Small would get a 1.0-to-1.2-liter engine with a regenerative braking system, as well as an idling-stop mechanism and a new-generation CVT. It said the concept is planned for production in March 2012 at one of the company's factories in Thailand.

Durand said the concept "is not a replacement for the (Mitsubishi) Galant... It's a sub-B size that is closer to the (Mitsubishi) Colt."

"I don't know if it will be called Colt — they could use the name," Durand said. "But I don't know how much equity the Colt name has in the U.S. It's been off the market for at least 20 years."

The sole image of the Concept Global Small shows a small vehicle with an aerodynamic, somewhat jelly-beany look. says: Mitsubishi's plans for the U.S. include a downsized minicompact car that may revive the Colt nameplate. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent

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