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Mitsubishi Grandis

Mitsubishi Grandis
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Manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors
China Motor Corporation
Also called Mitsubishi Space Wagon
Production 2003–2011
Assembly Okazaki, Aichi, Japan
Laem Chabang, Thailand
Yang Mei, Taiwan
Cainta, Rizal, Philippines
Designer Olivier Boulay
Body and chassis
Class Large MPV
Body style 5-door MPV
Layout Front engine, FWD/4WD
Related Mitsubishi Savrin
Mitsubishi Outlander
Engine 4G69 2.4 L I4 MIVEC
VW 2.0 L I4 DI-D
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed INVECS-II transmission (petrol)
6-speed manual (diesel)
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Predecessor Mitsubishi Chariot

The Mitsubishi Grandis is a seven seat MPV built by Mitsubishi Motors to replace its Chariot/Space Wagon/Nimbus line. It was launched on May 14, 2003 and is sold in Japan, Asia, Europe, Oceania, Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, and South America.[1] Engines available are a 2.4-litre four-cylinder and a Volkswagen-sourced 2.0-litre turbodiesel(not available in Jamaica), badged DI-D rather than TDI as Volkswagen denotes it.

The exterior styling was based loosely on designer Olivier Boulay's earlier Mitsubishi Space Liner,[2] a monobox four-seat concept vehicle with centre-opening "suicide doors", first exhibited at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2001.[3]

It was the first all new vehicle featuring the company's new common "face", comprising a curved lower grille edge and a sharp crease rising up the leading edge of the bonnet from the prominent corporate badge.[4] It shared its platform with the Mitsubishi Airtrek minus the increased ground clearance.[citation needed]

The Grandis was also the basis for the Mitsubishi FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) concept, powered by a fuel cell technology developed by then controlling shareholder DaimlerChrysler. DCX's "FC System" uses a fuel cell stack to replenish an array of NiMH batteries from 117 litres of compressed hydrogen storage.[5]

It won the Best MPV award at the Bangkok International Motor Show from 2005 to 2010.[6]

During March 2009, it saw the cancellation of this model in the Japanese market, marking the end of the Chariot name after 26 years of production.

For 2011, it was discontinued globally.

Annual production and sales

Year Production Sales
Japan Overseas
2003 28,821 23,834 3,574
2004 19,173 5,247 14,352
2005 29,466 4,490 24,507
2006 17,928 1,756 16,870
2007 15,549 674 15,161
2008 8,583 281 8,283

(source: Facts & Figures 2008, Facts & Figures 2009, Mitsubishi Motors website)



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