Mitsubishi Dion

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Mitsubishi Dion
Mitsubishi Dion 001.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors
Production 2000–05
Assembly Mizushima plant, Kurashiki, Okayama
Body and chassis
Class Compact MPV
Body style 5-door Smart Utility Wagon
Powertrain
Engine 2.0 L I4
1.8 L GDI I4
2.0 L GDI I4
Transmission INVECS-II 4-speed semi-auto
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,705 mm (106.5 in)
Length 4,460 mm (175.6 in)
Width 1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height 1,650 mm (65.0 in)
Curb weight 1,380–1,460 mm (54.3–57.5 in)

The Mitsubishi Dion is a compact MPV produced by Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors. Following its exhibition at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show,[1] it was introduced on January 25, 2000 priced from ¥1,598,000–1,848,000,[2] it was built on a stretched Lancer/Mirage platform, with seven seats in a 2–3–2 configuration.[3] The name was derived from Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and joy.[2]

Annual production and sales[edit]

The company's initial sales target for the car was 4,500 in the first month, a figure exceeded by 1,000 after the first two weeks.[4]

Year Production Sales
1999 15,282 n/a
2000 30,977 30,225
2001 9,699 10,601
2002 5,696 5,925
2003 1,881 2,131
2004 2,697 2,382
2005 1,797 2,149
2006 - 33

(Sources: Facts & Figures 2000, Facts & Figures 2005, Facts & Figures 2007, Mitsubishi Motors website)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Booth Guide: Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Tokyo Motor Show, 1999
  2. ^ a b "Dion – Second series in SUW lineup; New-concept wagon seats 7 in 3 rows of seats", Mitsubishi Motors press release, January 25, 2000
  3. ^ "Dion - Mitsubishi's versatile box", Jack Yamaguchi, Automotive Engineering International Online, May 2000
  4. ^ "Sales of New DION tops 5,500 in two weeks", Mitsubishi Motors press release, February 16, 2000