May 10, 2013 at 19:48 PM EDT
Mitsubishi Motors' Outlander Recognized as Fiscal Year 2012's Top Safety Performer among New Passenger Vehicles in Japan

Tokyo, May 10, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced that its all-new Outlander received the Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP) JNCAP Five Star Award in addition to the JNCAP First Prize, cementing the SUV as a leader in automobile safety.

JNCAP Awards Recognize High Performance in Safety Tests

The JNCAP Five Star Award is given to new automobiles introduced in during the Japanese fiscal year that earn the maximum five star overall rating in the 2012 JNCAP crash safety evaluation tests conducted by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and National Agency for Automotive Safety and Victims' Aid (NASVA). The JNCAP First Prize is given to an automobile that achieves the highest ever score.

The JNCAP structure combines vehicle occupant protection and pedestrian protection performance during test collisions, evaluating overall safety of automobiles and assigning a grade from one (lowest) to five (highest) stars. The Outlander received the maximum five-star rating for achieving the highest level of safety for vehicle occupants as well as for pedestrians.

About Outlander

The all-new Outlander was released in Japan in October 2012. It is fitted with a combination of several advanced safety features, including:- e-Assist(1) advanced safety technologies- RISE(2) high-rigidity impact safety body- Seven SRS airbags.

In addition to these superior safety features, the Outlander's lightweight design offers superior fuel economy and environmental performance. Combined with a refined interior, sophisticated exterior and motive performance, the Outlander was made to be a "premium SUV" that harmonizes high levels of performance in one package.

"Toughness and Safety" Recognized

With the theme of driving pleasure towards a sustainable future for everyone, MMC has pushed ahead on automobile manufacturing that aims to contribute to environmental responsibility, deliver driving pleasure, and provide toughness and safety under MMC's tagline Drive@earth. With these JNCAP awards, MMC's advanced safety technologies towards "toughness and safety" have been officially recognized with high regard.

MMC is proud of this achievement yet at the same time remains committed to providing even higher levels of safety in its products.

(1) Called "e-Assist" only in the Japanese market, a combination of advanced technologies including Forward Collision Mitigation System (FCM) which automatically applies the brakes as necessary to help avoid a collision with the vehicle ahead or reduce impact damage in the event of a collision; Lane Departure Warning System (LDW) which alerts the driver when the vehicle starts to drift from its lane, aiding driver concentration; and Adaptive Cruise Control System (ACC), a radar-based system that automatically maintains a driver-adjustable distance with the vehicle in front, reducing the chance of a collision if the vehicle in front suddenly stops. (2) Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution Body.

About Mitsubishi Motors

<BR /><BR />Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (TSE: 7211) was established in 1970 and is one of the few automobile companies in the world that produces a full line of automotive products ranging from 660-cc mini cars and passenger cars to commercial vehicles and heavy-duty trucks and buses. The company also operates consumer financing services and provides this to its customer base. For more information, please visit www.mitsubishi-motors.com.

Contact:

Mitsubishi Motors
Public Relations Department
http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com
+81-3-6852-4275

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