Mitsubishi Motors India along
with their technical partners Hindustan Motor Finance Corporation Ltd (HMFCL) is
considering and also testing the Delica multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) for the
Indian market to take on vehicles like the popular Toyota Innova in the MPV space. Though no
official confirmation has been made on its introduction, HMFCL Chief Executive
Officer P. Vijayan hinted that the vehicle is being considered for the Indian
roads. He refused to give details.
Built by Mitsubishi Motors
since 1968, this vehicle got its name from ‘Delivery Car’, since the vehicle
was more like a small pickup truck originally. The most recent version is the
Delica D:5 which is a pure passenger vehicle on the lines of the Innova. Since January 2013 the vehicle is available
with a clean diesel engine. The vehicle sold in Indonesia has an overall length
of 4730mm, an overall width of 1795mm, a height of 1850mm and a wheelbase of
2850mm. The vehicle has a ground clearance of 190mm, something which hard core
SUVs have. The vehicle has a kerb weight of 1685 kg and can seat seven people
comfortably. It has a turning radius of 5.7metres.
Meanwhile, Mitsubishi has
decided that it would only be focussing on the Indian Sports Utility Vehicle
(SUV) segment. Currently, Mitsubishi has a technical collaboration with
Hindustan Motors to manufacture Mitsubishi vehicles in India at the latter’s
plant in Tiruvallur in Tamil Nadu.
Speaking to Motown India,
Uttam Bose, Managing Director of HMFC, noted that his company along with
Mitsubishi have decided to stay away from the passenger car segment where there
is intense “price war”. He said the
company will, in 2015, introduce the new models of the Montero and the
Outlander in India. Currently, only the Pajero is sold in the country.
Both Bose and Vijayan and
other senior officials of the company were in New Delhi to introduce renowned
car rally champion from Japan Hiroshi Masuoka to Indian journalists and Mitsubishi
loyalists. Masuoka has won some prestigious races for Mitsubishi and he talked a great deal about the new
technologies in the best selling Pajero that enable a driver to clear all kinds
of obstacles on the road
Masuoka will be in Pune on
February 13, 2015 where he will mingle with journalists and participate in the ‘Pajero
Heart in Mouth’ event. Masuoka has chosen Pune for his motoring debut in
India. The Japanese racer will be
interacting with customers and other stakeholders of HMFCL-Mitsubishi Motors on
February 14 and 15 respectively.
Masuoka created a flutter in
the world of racing with his back-to-back successes in the Dakar Rally in 2002
and 2003. The inter-continental rally is considered the world’s toughest car
driving contest. He was also victorious in the 2003 Baja Italy and the 2004 UAE
Desert Challenge. Very recently, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) concluded
the Pikes Peak Challenge in September 2014 with him. Uttam Bose, stated that
Masuoka will also be interacting with SUV fans, the company’s dealers and other
stakeholders during his India visit.
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