Mitsubishi to Hold Global Debut of Two Concept Vehicles At 2001 NAIAS

20 December 2000

Mitsubishi Motors to Hold Global Debut of Two Concept Vehicles At 2001 North American International Auto Show
            Two Unique Multi-Activity Concept Vehicles Demonstrate
                    Forward Thinking Functionality and Fun

    CYPRESS, Calif., Dec. 19 Mitsubishi Motors will showcase
two interpretations of its vision for sporty, stylish multi-activity vehicles
at the 2001 North American International Auto Show.  Unparalleled versatility,
fun-to-drive performance and stand-out styling were the key objectives for
these two concept vehicles, engineered to address the distinctly unique needs
of tomorrow's consumers.

    RPM 7000
    The fourth in a series of concept cars unveiled in Detroit and designed at
Mitsubishi Motors' Cypress, CA, Design Studio, RPM 7000 is a bold and
aggressive answer to the age old question:  "Why can't a high performance
sports car be made practical enough for everyday use?"  RPM 7000 offers
unparalleled on-road performance combined with uncompromising passenger and
cargo versatility as well as unyielding off-road prowess packaged in
Mitsubishi's "geo mechanical" design.
    With day glow metallic anodized orange paint inspired by the red-hot
exhaust manifolds of race cars, RPM 7000 boasts World Rally
Championship-inspired performance and technology.  A large diameter,
twin-intercooled, twin-scroll turbocharged 315-horsepower engine puts power to
either pavement or dirt through an Active Control Transfer variable torque
all-wheel drive system and 19-inch wheels and V-rated tires.
    When RPM 7000 is unveiled to the international media in Detroit, one of
its most interesting features is packaging flexibility that can accommodate
four adults in a teardrop-shaped coupe, or two-passengers and a full load of
sports gear with an open rear cargo area.  Whoever said you can't have it all
hasn't seen Mitsubishi's RPM 7000 concept car.

    Mitsubishi Motors will hold a second world premier in Detroit when the
company unveils the ASX, a concept vehicle that previews the next generation
of multi-activity vehicles that have captured consumer attention in major
markets all around the world.
    ASX, or Active Sports Crossover, combines sports sedan handling,
international style, full-time four-wheel drive capability and stretch-out
room for five adults in a vehicle that can tackle all kinds of weather and
road conditions while returning excellent fuel economy.
    A stylish and user-friendly interior further demonstrates the flexibility
of the ASX by providing a comforting dose of luxury and space for passengers
and cargo as well as the functionality of a "walk-through" semi-flat floor.
Technical features include an advanced cruise control system and the
Mitsubishi Multi-Communications System (MMCS), which includes on-board
navigation capabilities.
    Both cars will be unveiled to the media at the Mitsubishi Motors press
conference in Cobo Hall in Detroit at noon on Wednesday, January 10, 2001.
Principal speakers will be Hiroshi Yajima, president and chief financial
officer, and Pierre Gagnon, executive vice president and chief operating
officer, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, Inc.


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