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New Mitsubishi Triton gets head start on commercial rivals

on February 26 2015 | in Industry news, Latest news | by | with Comments Off

Mitsubishi has priced its new Triton range of 10 all-diesel commercial utes as its rivals gear up for a sales race that will be even more competitive this year than last. The commercial market saw record sales in 2014 and was dominated by the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux, each selling more than twice the numbers of rivals like the Nissan Navara, Holden Colorado, Mitsubishi Triton, and Mazda BT-50.

Mitsubishi NZ sales and marketing manager Daniel Cook

Mitsubishi NZ sales and marketing manager Daniel Cook

But it’s a different playing field in 2015. The traditional main cialis 20mg

rivals – Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Mitsubishi – have new or updated models on the way. First up in April is the new Triton. It will be followed in June/July by the new Navara, roughly around the time of the facelifted Ranger. Later in the year comes the new Hilux, although there is talk it mightn’t land until early next year. Daniel Cook, head of sales and marketing for Mitsubishi Motors NZ, is looking forward to the head start Triton gets over its rivals, especially on the back of a year in which Mitsubishi became the fastest growing mainstream brand and commercial utes accounted for 20 per cent of all new vehicle sales. Cook expects a zero price rise for the new model to help perhaps double the 1599 units registered last year. “It’s exciting to offer customers important spec and safety enhancements, but immediately you get behind the wheel of the new Triton you know it is so much more than that: it is unbelievably better to drive and to enjoy,” Cook said. It is the first all-new Triton in nine years. The range is made up of three two-wheel- and seven four-wheel-drive models. Cook says Mitsubishi’s designers and engineers have taken a vast leap ahead in interior space and comfort, noise, vibration, and harshness enhancements.

A modern dial replaces the low-range gear lever

A modern dial replaces the low-range gear lever

“There is also a bigger tray capacity, stronger body, a driver’s knee airbag, significantly greater torque, less frequent servicing, fuel economy from 7litres/100km (40mpg) and multiple technical refinements throughout,” he said. Under the bonnet is a 2.4-litre turbodiesel generating 135kW/437Nm and mated to a five-speed conventional automatic gearbox or a six-speed manual. There is no petrol engine option, unlike other markets. Four-wheel-drive models retain the dual-range transfer case but switching moves from the old-style lever to a modern dial near the gear selector. Mitsubishi says the change between two-wheel-drive and high-range four-wheel-drive can be done at speeds up to 100km/h. The range starts in price at $34,790 for the two-wheel-drive GLX single cab-chassis with manual gearbox through to $59,490 for the GLS four-wheel-drive double cab automatic.  

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