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Mitsubishi: 100 Years of Innovation and an Electric Future

A bridge between the brand’s past and future By ,

You may have heard that Mitsubishi is celebrating this year its 100th anniversary. Nonetheless the Japanese automaker is a company firmly focused on the future, as witnessed by the daring design of its models, and the fuel-efficient drivetrains that propel them.

This year we’ve already seen the GT-PHEV concept car at Montreal’s Auto Show, as well as a promising compact SUV called the Eclipse Cross at the Geneva International Motor Show. But perhaps just to show it’s not all futuristic geekery going on at Mitsubishi HQ, the company has announced its association with California firm West Coast Customs to create a modern replica of its original 1917 Model A, built on its spanking-new plug-in hybrid vehicle platform!

This platform underpins the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which is equipped with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine and two electric motors managed by the S-AWC all-wheel control system developed by the company. Unveiled at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, it was scheduled to make its debut at North American dealerships last fall, but it has been delayed and not yet hit the market.

The Mitsubishi Model A project will be completed by this summer.