Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) recently announced that Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme), an overall safety rating system for new models launched in Europe, revealed their results for safety tests of the next generation electric vehicle i-MiEV (European-spec).

It was Euro NCAP's first time conducting a crash-test on a mass produced EV. The test proved that the high-capacity drive battery was undamaged, and the complete shutdown of high voltage electricity system to protect the passengers and the rescuers was perfectly confirmed in case of an impact. Overall rating resulted in 4-star in 2011 standards, equating to the safety level of a same sized gasoline-based car.

i-MiEV incorporates its base model "i" minicar's rear-midship layout that achieves both comfort in the passenger area and crash safety. It also utilises MMC's own innovation, an impact resistant body "RISE" (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) system, tactically placing the drive battery safely within the body frame. The body frame is fortified with the well-crib frame method that protects from impact in every direction.

Furthermore, the vehicle is secured by MiEV OS (MiEV Operating System), an advanced integrated vehicle management system that will instantly shut down all high voltage electric system as soon as an impact occurs. i-MiEV is supported by these innovative safety measures, only befitted to a new-generation electric vehicle.

i-MiEV has also attained similar results through German ADAC*1 testing, as well as Australia's ANCAP*2, repeatedly proving its excellent safety performance each time.

*1ADAC is Europe's largest automobile club. Stands for "Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club"
*2ANCAP is an organization operated by governments and motoring groups of Australia and New Zealand. Stands for "Australasian New Car Assessment Programme".

For further information, contact:
Lenore Fletcher
Head of Corporate Communications
Telephone: (08) 8275 2348
Mobile: 0408 320 797
E-mail: [email protected]

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Mitsubishi Motors Australia is part of the global Mitsubishi Motors organisation and is fully owned by Mitsubishi, one of the world's largest companies.

The company's history dates back to 1870, when Mitsubishi's Japanese founder, Yataro Iwasaki, started a shipping company with three steamships. The company grew from strength to strength and, in 1914, registered the Mitsubishi three-diamond trademark. This symbol embodies more than 130 years of tradition, and has earned the confidence and trust of customers all over the world.

Mitsubishi takes great pride from knowing that more than 11 million people from around the world have chosen to drive a Mitsubishi vehicle. There are Mitsubishi dealers in more than 200 sites across Australia. These professional and knowledgeable dealers help owners ensure their Mitsubishi car is always looked after by fully-trained Mitsubishi technicians, using genuine Mitsubishi parts that meet stringent global standards.

Mitsubishi Motors works hard to develop cars that provide comfort, space, flexibility and safety; Outlander is one of them, including a range of advanced technologies such as Super All Wheel Control, Smart Keu and Bluetooth hands-free.

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