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post Mar 16 2009, 02:17 AM
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The current Mitsubishi Colt is a supermini built by Mitsubishi Motors at their NedCar plant in the Netherlands, using the same underpinnings as its sister car, the now discontinued Smart Forfour. Mitsubishi has used the name twice previously, first as the marque of a series of kei cars and subcompact cars in the 1960s, and then as the export version of the Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback in the 1980s and 1990s. The Chrysler Corporation, Mitsubishi's longtime partner, also used the name in the 1970 when it rebadged the second generation Mitsubishi Galant as Dodge Colt and Plymouth Colt captive imports for the United States market.

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1 1960s
2 1980s and 1990s
3 2003
3.1 Mitsubishi Colt MIEV
4 References
5 External links


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1960s Mitsubishi Colt 1000

1960s Mitsubishi Colt 1000Mitsubishi introduced the "Colt" name in 1962 on the Colt 600, the first of a line of small, sporty vehicles complementing their Mitsubishi 500, the company's first post-war passenger car. Powered by a NE35A 594 cc OHV two cylinder air-cooled engine. At this time, Mitsubishi Motors did not yet exist as an autonomous company, and vehicles were being produced by three regional subsidiaries of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. MHI, which had been formally dismantled after the Second World War, resumed operating as a single entity in 1964, but continued to use the 'Colt' marque until the 1970s in Asia, and the 1980s in Europe.

To complement the 600, a larger compact car was introduced in 1963, the Colt 1000, followed by the Colt 800 and Colt 1500 in 1965, and the Colt 1100 in 1966.[1]

The Colt marque was used from 1974 by the Colt Car Company to market Mitsubishis in the United Kingdom, and phased out in 1984. In New Zealand and Australia, the Colt brand ceased in favour of the Mitsubishi name in 1970, upon the release of the new "Dyna-wedge" Galant model. Colt again surfaced as a model name for the Australian edition of the front-drive Mirage in 1979, and again for a new small car in 2003.

1980s and 1990s

For further details, please see article on the Mitsubishi Mirage
In the 1980s, Mitsubishi Motors Australia offered the original Mirage as the Colt, building it at its Adelaide plant. The Australian Colt was available as a four- or five-door with a 1.6-litre engine at the top of the range. It was sold as an entry-level model there and in New Zealand, where the second-generation Mirage was already on offer.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the Colt name was applied to the Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback in most export markets.

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1978 Mitsubishi Colt 3-door (UK market nomenclature)

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1985 Mitsubishi Colt 5-door (UK market nomenclature)

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Late 1980s Mitsubishi Colt 3-door

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1999 Mitsubishi Colt 3-door


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In 2003, a new Colt was released by Mitsubishi in Japan with a design by Olivier Boulay and built on the same platform as the Smart Forfour. A European version made at Mitsubishi's NedCar facility followed into production a year later (see below).

In 2004, the Colt was launched in Europe, with models ranging from 1.1 MPI, 1.3 MPI, 1.5 MPI and 1.5T in petrol. The performance specification 1.5T was based on the 4G15 block, with a Turbo and Intercooler to aid power (147 hp @ 6000 rpm / 155 lb?ft (210 N?m) @ 3500 rpm). MIVEC variable valve timing was also used to increase the output, upping the power dramatically from the 109 hp (81 kW) 1.5 MPI. The same performance engine was also used to power the later released CZC cabrio model Colt (2005), with the more petrol-friendly 1.5 MPI available as a option.

The Smart forfour also shared the '03 specification chassis, with Brabus releasing a performance version of the forfour in '04 using the same engine as used in the '04 European cz-T, but squeezing 30 extra HP out of the same 4G15.

In November 2004, a 1.5 L D-ID direct injection turbodiesel version with Turbocharger and Intercooler, producing 95 PS (70 kW) was made available, with an option of the Allshift automatic manual gearbox with electric clutch and six gears.

In 2004, the Colt Plus was launched in Japan, and later to other international markets. This was essentially a longer version of the standard Colt.

A facelifted version was introduced in 2008.

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Mitsubishi released its new Colt CZC coup? cabriolet to the Geneva Motor Show in March 2005, and the car has been on sale since 2006. The car is a 2+2 with a retractable hard-top and available with the turbo engine from the European cz-T or as just a 1.5 MPI. Jointly developed by Mitsubishi and Pininfarina under Ken Okuyama, it is partly made in the Netherlands, with final assembly taking part at Pininfarina in Turin, Italy.

Mitsubishi released a new Colt Ralliart Version-R in Japan on May 30, 2006. Its 4G15 engine, with MIVEC variable valve timing and turbocharger, produces 154 PS (113 kW) at 6000 rpm and 210 N?m (155 ft?lbf) at 3500 rpm. Other key features include a stiffer chassis, bodykit, and Recaro bucket seats borrowed from the Lancer Evolution VIII MR. The rear seats are molded for two passengers, as opposed to three in the rest of the range. Incidentally, this is the same engine used in the 2004 European performance specification Colt (cz-T), only running slightly increased horse power figures (torque stayed the same). This version is also sold in Australia and New Zealand as the Colt Ralliart, without the 'Version-R' designation. The CVT version is officially sold in Singapore under the same designation as Japan.

Mitsubishi Colt MIEV
In 2006 Mitsubishi displayed the Colt MIEV, using a separate electric motor at each wheel.[2] Development of their MIEV technology was first announced May '06 when Mitsubishi unvieled the Colt version is a rear-wheel drive all-electric vehicle fitted Colt MIEV test-bed. With two 20 kW in-wheel motors. The Colt MIEV has a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph) and a cruising range of 150 km (93 miles) on a single charge. Charge times have been suggested to be a quick as 10 minutes, although whether this is partial or full is undisclosed. It does however point to the usage of quick-charge batteries such as those developed by Toshiba.[citation needed]

Mitsubishi used the Colt test bed to perform on-road testing to identify and resolve any problems unique to the in-wheel motor vehicle, including any deterioration in road holding and ride comfort due to increases in unsprung weight, as well as reliability and durability issues in the in-wheel motor system and its peripheral components (suspension, wheels, tires). They simultaneously worked on developing a more powerful version of the in wheel motors for 4WD applications.[citation needed]

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post Mar 18 2009, 07:19 PM
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Foarte interesant sa vad evolutia din 1860 incoace.
Trebuie adaugat si "Noul Colt" cu face-lift de la evo 10.
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post Mar 19 2009, 04:50 PM
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Ghici cine e in prima poza de sus ? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
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post Mar 22 2009, 10:52 PM
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QUOTE (Cristi @ Mar 19 2009, 04:50 PM) *
Ghici cine e in prima poza de sus ? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)

Nu stiu, dar dupa falci pare fioros! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif)
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