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Mitsubishi's Montero Sport Comes Loaded With Fun

    CYPRESS, Calif.--April 25, 2001--Once again Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, Inc. is demonstrating the spirit of its brand theme "wake up and drive(TM)" by being the first to offer an SUV with a high performance mountain bike compacted neatly inside the cargo area -- leaving plenty of room on the roof for other active lifestyle gear.
    Mitsubishi Motors teamed up with Montague Corporation to provide Montague's patented X-Series(TM) mountain bike, for a limited period of time, with every 2001 Montero Sport.
    Montague, the world leader in full-size, high performance foldable mountain bikes produced this special edition compacting mountain bike powered by next generation folding technology exclusively for Mitsubishi and the Montero Sport. The bike has a recommended retail price of $899, but is included with the purchase or lease of a Montero Sport.
    "Our partnership with Montague is a perfect fit for Mitsubishi" said Pierre Gagnon, executive vice president and chief operating officer. "Mountain biking plays to the active lifestyle of many of our Montero Sport owners. The Montague X-Series offers the perfect combination of high performance and style, which complements the essence of the Montero Sport. Coupled with the convenience of the compacting feature, we can offer our customers the chance to sample the true experience of off-road by providing them with a drive and cycle combination that will take them to the far side of the most rugged terrain. It's what we call `gear to go'."
    The rugged Montero Sport continues to attract a loyal following of consumers who desire a real off-road machine and not just a station wagon with big tires. Like its big brother, the Montero luxury SUV, the Montero Sport boasts true 4x4 capabilities on all models and globally proven durability. The Montero Sport was significantly restyled last year with numerous interior and exterior revisions to update its good looks and improve on-road driveability.
    The Montague X-Series is a 24 speed, full-size, high performance mountain bike, designed with an aluminium frame, RST front suspension fork and a Shimano(R) gear system to handle the most extreme off-road conditions. Yet the bike folds simply in less than 30 seconds without the use of tools to 3'x3' for easy portability and storage in the back of the Montero Sport. Based on an original design for the United States Marines, the lightweight X-Series offers a combination of durability, performance and convenience.

-- All models available with 4WD, including the entry level ES
-- Montague X-Series Mountain Bike inside rear compartment
-- Structural enhancements designed to help deflect the force of
an offset crash away from the vehicle's occupants

    -- Driver's seat belt pretensioner

    -- Rear Lower Anchor and Tethers for Children (LATCH)

    -- Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) exhaust levels in all 50 states

    -- On-board fuel vapor recovery system

    -- Four speed automatic transmission with Mitsubishi's Adaptive Shift Control system

    -- ES, LS and XLS models have a 165-horsepower 3.0 liter 24-valve V6 engine

    -- Montero Sport limited has a 197-horsepower 3.5 liter SOHC 24-valve V6

    -- Anti-theft engine immobilizer ignition system standard on all models


    -- Model offered is textured Aluminium with Mitsubishi signature Red X

    -- 7005 Series custom drawn aluminium tubing

    -- Shimano(R) 24-speed gear system

    -- RST front suspension fork with 2.5" of travel

    -- Gripshift(R) twist shifters

    -- Alloy bar ends

    -- Alloy linear pull brakes

    -- Light weight alloy Mountain Bike rims

    -- Quick release levers for easy folding