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Mitsubishi's not so Delica(te) van

2007-02-06 07:46

Mitsubishi Delica D:5

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation today announced the Japanese market launch of the fully redesigned Delica D:5, a minivan that delivers monobox roominess and utility together with high levels of performance and stability in on- and off-road driving.

The 2.4-liter 4WD Delica D:5 goes on sale at affiliated dealerships throughout Japan.

The fifth iteration of the series, the Delica D:5 inherits and builds on the strengths of the Delica brand philosophy: a peoplemover that transports its occupants to their destination in safety and comfort under all driving conditions.

Although classified as a monobox minivan in line with Mitsubishi Motors' All Wheel Control (AWC) vision of active safety, the Delica D:5 sports electronically-controlled 4WD, Active Stability Control (ASC) together with ride height to give it improved running performance and stability both on and off-road.

Safety features include a new hoop-design 'rib bone frame' body, a driver SRS knee airbag and for the first time on a Mitsubishi model the use of plastic resin fender panels that are pliant and have superior shape recovery properties.

Delica D:5 interior developed around three central themes: clean; stress-free; and Reassuring & Safe.

In realising a cabin environment that encourages occupants to relax in reassuring comfort, all models are fitted as standard with UV/IR solar control glass that cuts the amount of ultra-violet and infra-red radiation penetrating the cabin, a deodorising Clean Air Filter and an odour-eating head lining that eliminates or reduces living odours, cigarette odours and volatile organic compound (VOC) levels.

Delica D:5 also offers outstanding environmental performance: with the equivalent of a 4-star rating for emissions that are 75% lower than required by Japan's 2005 Emission Standards and qualifying for Vehicle Green Tax exemption by returning fuel consumption that is 10% better than Japan's 2010 Fuel Economy standards.

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