Mitsubishi Makes Its Cute_EV "Sporty
by Tony Borroz - Wired Autopia - Jan. 30, 2009
It sure looks like they spent a lot of time in the wind tunnel -- Ed.
Mitsubishi's iMiEV is a sweet little electric runabout that's fun to drive, but no one would ever look at it and think "sporty" or "cutting edge." It's just too cute. Mitsubishi clearly hopes to change that with the iMiEV Sport Air concept, which takes the jellybean-shaped EV and throws it, oh, about 15 years into the future.
The concept has been the subjected to the kind of now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t speculation normally reserved for software rollouts and Dean Kaman projects, and now Mitsubishi says it'll unveil it at the Geneva auto show in March.
So what's the Sport Air got that the regular iMiEV - which hits the road in Japan this year, Europe the next and America, well, eventually - doesn't?
Mitsubishi goes out of its way to stress the “sport” part of the little EV's ponderous name, which is odd for something that bears more than a passing resemblance to the BMW Isetta and Messerschmitt KR-200. (We love the look, by the way, but then we're suckers for post-war microcars.) Says the company, "The i MiEV Sport Air explores the future possibilities for zero-emission vehicles, placing a greater bias on exhilarating driving pleasure."... [Read More]