Mitsubishi Motors Corporation – its design philosophy matched with technology

MMC’s aim for its design is to blend traditional and precise Japanese craftsmanship with the latest technologies. An example of this, is the ‘Ronin’ samurai warrior look of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution models mallied to Mitsubishi’s own AYC (Active Yaw Control) system.

It uses an active differential to split and transfer torque to the four wheels that have the most level of grip on the road. It is electronically, rather than traditionally mechanically, controlled, and made its debut on the 1997 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV. Shortly after, it also appeared on the Mitsubishi Galant saloon and Legnum estate VR4 performance variants. Active Yaw Control’s sole aim is to increase cornering speeds, unlike other stability/safety systems such as ABS and EBD.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation states they aim to “enrich the connection between its products, people and the community by delivering vehicles with sophisticated features” (1). An example of this is the implementation of Mitsubishi’s Twin Clutch SST (Sportronic Shift Transmission) – the company’s six-speed dual-clutch transmission developed by highly-acclaimed brand Getrag. (2)

The system offers greater performance and fuel economy over traditional manuals, automatics and torque converter gearboxes by having odd and even gears on a separate input shafts, thus pre-selecting gears while one is held. This allows for faster, smoother gear changes than the previously mentioned traditional gearboxes with no drop-off in power delivery. It debuted on the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X in 2007 and was later implemented into the Mitsubishi Outlander. (2)

However, critics have slated the lack of ‘involvement’ in dual-clutch transmissions, arguing that it takes away some enjoyment and ‘feel’ of a conventional manual gearbox.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X

Sources/references

(1) http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com/en/spirit/design/philosophy/clean_simple.html
(2) http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com/publish/pressrelease_en/index.html

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About aaronsmith788

2013-2014 Coventry MA Automotive Journalism student. Published work in Autocar, New Zealand Autocar, Metropol magazine, Timaru Herald. Hopefully many more to come. I'm a sucker for bang-for-buck cars.

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