2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: I am Honored to Accept Your Waste
May 25, 2012
I wasn't quite sure what to make of this thing in the middle of the MiEV's back seat. The first thing to pop into my mind was, "Oh god, please tell me that isn't some weird Japanese toilet-related device." I can just see it, there's a strange electronic chime followed by a pleasant voice that says, "Ready to polish bottom for happy joyous time." Then gentle fountains of warm water appear as Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata begins to softly play.
Besides that disturbing scenario that ran through my twisted little brain, I was also a bit confused by the object itself. From one angle, it looks like a handle with an "i" embossed in it. From another, it looks like some freaky square-headed six-eyed creature smiling at you with an exclamation point in its mouth.
Well, everybody can just relax. It's just a handle to access the tire inflator. Whew.
Seriously, though, what a weird place to put it and even stranger way to access it. I fear that more oddities like this have yet to be discovered.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 1,085 miles