Mitsubishi Town Box

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Mitsubishi Town Box
Mitsubishi Town Box 001.JPG
Overview
ManufacturerMitsubishi Motors
Also calledNissan Clipper Rio
ProductionApril 1999–November 2011
February 2014-present (rebadged Suzuki Every)
AssemblyMizushima plant, Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan
Body and chassis
ClassKei car (Town Box)
Minivan (Town Box Wide)
Body style5-door hatchback (Town Box)
5-door MPV (Town Box Wide)
RelatedProton Juara
Powertrain
Engine
  • 659 cc I4 (1999)
  • 657 cc I3 (2002)
  • 658 cc I3 K06A (2014)
  • 658 cc I3 R06A (2015)
  • 1094 cc I4 (Wide)
Transmission4-speed auto or
5-speed manual;
rear-/four-wheel drive
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,390 mm (94.1 in)
Length3,395 mm (133.7 in)
3,605 mm (141.9 in) (Wide)
Width1,475 mm (58.1 in)
1,535 mm (60.4 in) (Wide)
Height1,890 mm (74.4 in)
1,810 mm (71.3 in) (Wide)
Curb weight970–1,030 kg (2,138–2,271 lb)
990–1,050 kg (2,183–2,315 lb) (Wide)
Chronology
PredecessorMitsubishi Minicab Bravo

The Mitsubishi Town Box was a kei car (Town Box) and minivan (Town Box Wide) produced for the Japanese domestic market (JDM) by the Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors. It was initially available with the alloy-headed 4A30 657 cc inline-four engine, but switched to the 3G83 659 cc straight-three engine in 2002. At the same time, a slightly larger version of the same vehicle powered by a 4A31 1.1 L straight-four, the Mitsubishi Town Box Wide, was discontinued. The Town Box was discontinued in November 2011, ending the twelve-year production run. The model returned in February 2014 as a rebadge of the Suzuki Every Wagon.

The original Town Box was also sold in Japan as the Nissan Clipper Rio,[1] while the Town Box Wide was also produced under licence in Malaysia as the Proton Juara.[2]

Suzuki OEM deal[edit]

In February 2014, Mitsubishi started selling rebadged Suzuki Carry trucks and Every vans as the Mitsubishi Minicab. The passenger-oriented Every Wagon, which has a more designed rear end but shares the Carry Van's chassis code, was also included and received the Town Box badge (DS64W). As the Every only had a year of production left, Mitsubishi did not spend a lot of effort to distinguish their model, restraining themselves to changing the badges. In March 2015 a new Every Wagon and Town Box was introduced (DS17W). The newest model offers increased interior space, a longer wheelbase, and the new Suzuki R06A engine; turbocharged and intercooled. It is offered in G and G Special specs.

Annual production and sales[edit]

Year Production Domestic sales Export sales
1998 2,261 n/a
1999 14,421
3,616 (Wide)
n/a n/a
2000 8,953
1,441 (Wide)
8,772
809 (Wide)

664 (Wide)
2001 6,662
2,939 (Wide)
7,357
79 (Wide)
420
2,640 (Wide)
2002 4,949 5,170
2003 5,561 5,430
2004 4,262 4,201
2005 4,143 4,171
2006 3,357 3,649
2007 10,105 3,696
2008 8,241 3,162

(Sources: Facts & Figures 2000, Facts & Figures 2005, Facts & Figures 2009, Mitsubishi Motors website)

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oh, Kei Go! Nissan’s New Clipper Rio Debuts", Peter Nunn, Winding Road, June 19, 2007 Archived November 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Proton Moves into a New Niche"[permanent dead link], Chips, Autoword.com.my, July 23, 2001

External links[edit]

  • Mitsubishi Town Box, Mitsubishi-motors.com
  • "Mitsubishi Town Box" (in Japanese). Mitsubishi-motors.co.jp. July 1, 2007. Archived from the original on June 23, 2007.