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Auto Shipper for Mitsubishi Vanwagon The Mitsubishi Grandis is a seven occupant Multi Purpose Vehicle built by Mitsubishi Motors to replace its Chariot, Space Wagon and Nimbus line. This model first saw the light of day at its launch on May 14, 2003. It can currently be found in showrooms in Japan, Asia, Europe, Oceania, Mexico, and South America. Why it was not launched to the United States is up for debate. Perhaps, the market in the US is not exactly ripe for the MPV type vehicles. Consumers in the States seem to simply prefer either an SUV, a truck or a sedan, not a combination of all three. Anyhow, the engines that are available include a 2.4 L 4-cylinder and a Volkswagen-sourced 2.0 L turbo diesel that is badged DI-D rather than TDI as Volkswagen normally denotes it. The Vanwagon has been seeing some successes, and in fact, it won the 'Best MPV' award at the 26th Bangkok International Motor Show in 2005.

The exterior design of the model was based loosely on designer Olivier Boulay's earlier Mitsubishi Space Liner. This previously mentioned model was a single box four-seat concept vehicle with center opening "suicide doors". Obviously those doors would not fly in the US market. This concept car was first exhibited at the 35th Tokyo Motor Show in 2001. It was the first all new vehicle highlighting the company's new common front end, which was comprised of a curved lower grille edge and a sharp line rising up the leading edge of the hood from the company's logo. The Vanwagon was also the inspiration for the Mitsubishi Fuel Cell Vehicle concept car. This model was powered by a fuel cell technology that was developed by, the then controlling shareholder, DaimlerChrysler. The concept car uses a fuel cell stack to replenish an array of NiMH batteries from 117 L of compressed hydrogen storage. These cars have come a long way, and have a long way to come.


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