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Mitsubishi Motors launches Lancer Evolution IX MR (GSR/RS) and Lancer Evolution Wagon MR (GT/GT-A)

Mitsubishi Motors launches Lancer Evolution IX MR (GSR/RS) and Lancer
Evolution Wagon MR (GT/GT-A)	

Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 29, 2006 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Motors
Corporation (MMC) today announced that the Lancer Evolution IX MR
high-performance 4WD sports sedan (GSR/RS) and the Lancer Evolution
Wagon MR high-performance 4WD sports wagon (GT/GT-A) go on sale at
affiliated dealerships throughout Japan on August 29, 2006. The MR
designation is an abbreviation for Mitsubishi Racing, and is restricted
to the most prominent sports model in Mitsubishi's line-up. The new
models are the second group of MR models released by MMC; the first
being the Lancer Evolution VIII MR launched in February 2004. Tax
inclusive prices range from 2,856,000yen to 3,622,500yen for Lancer
Evolution IX MR (GSR/RS), and from 3,412,500yen to 3,486,000yen for
Lancer Evolution Wagon MR (GT/GT-A).

The new models mark the 14th iteration of the series that began with the
Lancer Evolution in October 1992. The sedan and station wagon are
third-generation compilation models and are designed with a focus on
on-road sports driving. They will also be the last models to use the
famed 4G63 2L DOHC intercooled turbo engine. The current engine
incorporates new improvements to the turbocharger and other areas to
enhance response, teamed with Eibach springs and Bilstein shock
absorbers used on earlier models to produce a package that includes
tuning to lower the ride height. The Super AYC* control system is also
tuned to give a sportier feeling, achieving superb handling performance
that is particularly faithful to driver input in on-road sports driving.
This advances the all-wheel-control (AWC) concept, delivering intuitive
steering combined with outstanding stability.

The Lancer Evolution IX MR is available in two grades: the GSR, with a
6-speed manual gearbox designed for excellence in everyday driving as
well in sports driving; and the RS, which has a 5-speed manual gearbox
and is stripped down for motorsport competition. The Lancer Evolution
Wagon MR also has two grades. The GT is equipped with a 6-speed manual
gearbox enabling the driver to enjoy sports driving to the fullest. The
GT-A has a 5-speed automatic gearbox with sports mode to provide
flexibility in a wide range of scenarios from easy driving to sport

* Super AYC (Active Yaw Control) 
Mitsubishi's Active Yaw Control system uses electronic control to
transfer torque between the rear wheels while maintaining drive equally
to both wheels, thereby controlling the yaw moment acting on the car
body. Road conditions are sensed from handling, lateral G forces, etc.,
and drive is actively allocated to left or right rear wheels through a
planetary gear and acceleration/reduction gear mechanism. The control
acts as a limited-slip diff to enhance traction and deliver high
cornering performance. 

For full specifiactions and product features, please visit Mitsubishi
Motor7s website at

About Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation was established in 1970 and is
one of the few automobile companies in the world that produces a full
line of automotive products ranging from 660-cc mini cars and passenger
cars to commercial vehicles and heavy-duty trucks and buses. The company
also operates consumer financing services and provides this to its
customer base.

For further information, please visit the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
home page at:

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
Public Relations Department
TEL: +81-3-6719-4275 
FAX: +81-3-6719-0059

Aug. 29, 2006, 22:36 (JST)
Source: Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
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