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Mitsubishi launches electric i-MiEV for American market
Gas prices are climbing across America, leaving many drivers stuck between higher bills at the pump and stubborn unemployment rates. Mitsubishi may have the answer to this predicament with the i-MiEV, a small sedan that addresses big issues, such as environmental pollution, global warming and energy diversification.
Mitsubishi launched production last week of the North American version of the electric car, with plans to bring it to vehicle lease
lots in Hawaii, California, Washington and Oregon by November. The company will expand sales to other parts of the U.S. and Canada in following months.
Drivers have been piloting i-MiEV vehicles around Japan since 2009, and in Europe since 2010. With all markets combined, the automaker's global i-MiEV production reached 16,000 units in September.
Pitched as the "ultimate eco-car," the four-door i-MiEV has dimensions just 12 feet long and 5 feet, 2 inches wide. That small compartment contains features designed for North American drivers, from an advanced airbag system to tire pressure monitoring, better bumpers and slightly higher engine torque than other countries' versions.
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