Mitsubishi hopes to keep Montero Sport popular with new variant

 

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Mitsubishi Motors Philippines is optimistic the inclusion of a manual transmission two-wheel drive Montero Sport in its current lineup will allow the sport-utility vehicle to keep its popularity among Filipino motorists.

Mitsubishi introduced the Montero Sport GLX 4x2 with manual transmission this month.

It is only natural for a vehicle’s popularity to wane months after it is launched and after new cars are introduced to the market, said Mitsubishi president and chief executive Masahiku Ueki.

“With a new variant, maybe we can keep the interest,” Ueki said in an interview.

With over 1,000 units sold every month, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport is currently the second best-selling vehicle in the Philippines, next only to the Toyota Vios. Mitsubishi executive vice president Taizo Furuhashi said 7,284 units of the Montero Sport were sold from January to July.

“This is an outstanding performance in the SUV segment for the Montero Sport,” Furuhashi said.

Mitsubishi is the second leading car brand in the Philippines with an 18.1 percent market share in the market.

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  • dtkiko Aug 23 2010 @ 05:00pm
    My father-in-law is already lined-up for this a month ago ---- 2.5-litre manual transmission for only plus PhP1.2M. Not a bad introductory price for a 7-seater SUV.
  • rdjl_13 Aug 23 2010 @ 07:07pm
    this one will compete with the Toyota Fortuner G D4D 4X2 manual transmission. :D
  • JoeyBoy Aug 23 2010 @ 07:32pm
    If the nexgen Sportage comes by October and the price is below P1.2m, thats my next vehicle...if not GLX 4x2 is within my budget...sorry Tuscon GLS (P1.58m) the dealership are just not offering enough incentives...
  • dtkiko Aug 23 2010 @ 08:13pm
    JoeyBoy: Hi Joey, is the Kia Sportage diesel-fed? Thanks for any advice.
  • JoeyBoy Aug 23 2010 @ 08:57pm
    Hi dtkiko, I dont know what Kia will bring here but they have 2 gas and 2 diesel variants. Check out this site: http://www.netcarshow.com/kia/2011-sportage
  • jmpet626 Aug 23 2010 @ 09:14pm
    malabo tapatan ng kia ang price nyan
  • JoeyBoy Aug 23 2010 @ 10:10pm
    @jmpet626 - oo nga pare...Im just hoping they would learn fr thier sister co HARI and realize how attractive thier lineup could be if the pricing was more competative.
  • Jet PAC Aug 23 2010 @ 10:43pm
    what's the difference with the 4x2 manual gls aside from transmission?
  • dtkiko Aug 23 2010 @ 11:09pm
    To Jet PAC: If in terms of performance ---- as far as seat-of-pants is concerned, i like how a manual-transmission puts power into the ground. As far as fuel-efficiency is concerned, i can optimise the use of the transmission (before shifting up) just by knowing which range in the rpm (thru the tachometer) the peak torque of the engine is. You will know this range thru the specification of the motor. And remember anything about peak torque ---- it is the region in the powerband where the engine operates at its most efficient radial speed and in terms of power output vis-a-vis fuel consumption. This is why i prefer the diesel engines, because they don't need to be revved as much to reach their peak torque range, kaya tipid sila sa consumo ng fuel just like my 3-litre 2008 model Isuzu DMax, where it's peak toque starts at 1400 rpm all the way to 3400 rpm. And i don't need to rev it as much. I have no doubt na fuel-efficient itong 2.5-litre Monterosport manual-tranny variant
  • ninoy77 Aug 24 2010 @ 09:29am
    wow..montero sport at 1.2 mil???i will go for montero rather that sportivo..
  • Jet PAC Aug 24 2010 @ 12:21pm
    Hi dtkiko Thanks for the info. What I'm trying to say is the features between M/T GLX and A/T GLS 4x2 like the Multi Info Display, Auto fold side mirrors, ABS... Are these still present in the 4x2 M/T GLX model?
  • dtkiko Aug 24 2010 @ 04:34pm
    To Jet PAC: Haven't asked those chief. My father-in-law might knows though, yet perhaps he didn't bother to asked given his age hehehehe.... You may call for enquiry at Mitsubishi Quezon Avenue. September 2010 ang dating nila.
  • ninoy77 Aug 24 2010 @ 04:57pm
    @jet pac,wala pa kasi specs nya sa mitsubishi phil eh..
  • dtkiko Aug 25 2010 @ 01:13pm
    Mga chief, totoo ba na ang Kia Sorento 2.2L diesel with eVGT (190 hp, 445 N-m)ay PhP 1.5M nalang ngaun? How about yung Hyundai Sta. Fe na 2.4L (197 hp, 445 N-m), plus PhP 1.6M pa rin ba? This 2.5L Mitsubishi Monterosport is 136 hp with about 320 N-m torque. Is this version with VGT (not necessarily eVGT) or just a CRDi? Thanks.
  • expatio Nov 16 2010 @ 09:41pm
    The 2.5 VGT (variable geometry turbo) engine will be introduced in January with 177hp and 350nm torque (manual with 400nm). It will at first be sold as a range topping 2.5L 4x4 GLS SE Auto (5sd tiptronic) (3,2 SE will be discontinued) in P1.6m range
  • karutoyz Feb 16 2011 @ 01:14pm
    The new montero has been upgraded. the automatic 4x2 and 4x4 has now a vgt 2.5 engine and dvd audio system with GPS and LCD touchscreen. contact me at 09224300073. mitsubishi caloocan
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