Mitsubishi will give the new Eclipse Spyder convertible, and
the Concept-CT1 MIEV2 hybrid 4WD sport compact concept, which uses outer rotor
type in-wheel motors and a lithium-ion battery system to drive all four wheels, their world premieres at the 2006 North
American International Auto Show (the Detroit Motor Show). The show will be held
from January 8 to 22 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, and will be open to the
general public from January 14.
The new Eclipse Spyder is a convertible version of the Eclipse sporty coupe the company showed at the Detroit Motor Show in January of this year. Eclipse Spyder features a soft top which opens and closes at the touch of a switch, with a new powered tonneau panel. The car is powered by either a 2.4-liter in-line 4-cylinder MIVEC3 engine or a 3.8-liter V6 MIVEC engine. The 3.8-liter model will be available with a 5-speed automatic transmission with sport mode or a 6-speed manual transmission, both of which are new additions over the current Eclipse Spyder model.
Eclipse Spyder will be produced at the MMNA's facility in Normal, Illinois and is due to go on sale in the spring of 2006.
Mitsubishi Concept-CT MIEV showcases the company's MIEV concept for next-generation electric vehicles that utilizes in-wheel motors and high energy-density lithium-ion batteries as core technologies. This concept car pairs the MIEV concept with a gasoline engine for series-parallel hybrid propulsion, which delivers higher power and realizes longer cruising ranges, to drive all four wheels.
Created by the Mitsubishi Motors R&D of America, Inc. design studio based in Cypress, California, the Mitsubishi Concept-CT MIEV sport hatchback is the company's first concept model for the sport compact category that is attracting growing attention in the North American market in recent years.