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Mitsubishi Motors launches the Lancer Evo Xnews
03 October 2007

Tokyo: Japan''s Mitsubishi Motors has unwrapped the latest incarnation of its iconic Lancer Evolution sports sedan.

According to reports, Mitsubishi is counting on new products like its remodeled Outlander sport utility vehicle and the Lancer sedan to drive global sales.

The 10th generation Lancer Evolution X, would be available in the overseas markets starting February 2008. The Lancer has been loaded with the latest advanced features since its launch in 1992, and this time around the Lancer Evolution X features several new technologies as well.

A six-speed automated manual transmission, the Twin Clutch SST, rivals Volkswagen AG''s a similar dual-clutch system. It uses a dual automated clutch system to deliver smooth shifting automatically, which makes for a sporty drive without manual shifting down a winding road.

The Lancer Evolution X is powered by a newly developed 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that is lighter and less polluting than a previous version. An improved brake-assist system regulates drive torque and braking force at each wheel to better reflect the driver''s intent, as well as making the car safer on slippery surfaces.

According to the company, by 31 march 2008, it expects to clock sales of 4,000 units in Japan, and 2,300 units in North America following a February launch. The car will be exported from the company''s Mizushima factory in Japan, to Europe and other markets.

The five-speed manual transmission version starts at just under 3 million yen ($26,080) in Japan, while the twin clutch version costs 3.75 million yen ($32,600).

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