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Mitsubishi i-MiEV set for pricing review

The all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV is tipped to have its pricing reduced in the coming months, as the Japanese manufacturer battles an onslaught of newer, cheaper competition.

Speaking at the launch of the new Mitsubishi Outlander, Mitsubishi Australia product planning manager James Tol confessed that the i-MiEV all-electric micro-hatch looks overpriced alongside larger competition like the Nissan Leaf, in particular, but also the Holden Volt.

“We’ll have to review it [repricing],” said Tol. “It [Leaf] certainly makes it hard, it really forces our hand.

“That [lowering the price] would make sense to the buying public. They would expect to buy the i-MiEV for less. It’s a smaller car [than Leaf] that’s the reality.”

Nissan lowered the entry sticker of its Pulsar-sized Leaf to $46,990 driveaway earlier this month, while the Holden Volt costs $59,990. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV currently retails for $48,800 plus on road costs.

However Tol cautioned that Mitsubishi won’t necessarily try to chase Leaf sales. The Nissan has recorded 71 sales in Australia to November, compared with only 14 i-MiEVs.

“It all comes back to what we try to do with the i-MiEV. It is not a car we’re trying to get volume sales with. It’s job – and it’s already done it’s job – is to make it known that we have class leading electric vehicle technology, and we do.”


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