The i has a "rear-midship" engine mounted just ahead of the rear axle, a highly unusual configuration in a small car where front-engine design front-engine design has dominated since the 1970s. 
- The i has a "rear-midship" engine mounted just ahead of the rear axle, a highly unusual configuration in a small car where front-engine design front-engine design has dominated since the 1970s.(More...)
1st Anniversary special editions based on the L and M grades were also introduced in early 2007 to commemorate the car's first year on sale. Mitsubishi has given the i a prominent role in the company's alternative propulsion research projects, developing a version using their MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) technology in 2006 and exhibited at the 22nd International Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exposition in Yokohama.
Image:2003 i concept.jpg The 2003 Mitsubishi "i" Concept debuted the car's striking exterior.
The first was the "i" Concept, which debuted at the 60th Frankfurt Motor Show in 2003, and previewed the car's striking exterior.
Three individual models, or grades, were available on the car's release in 2006; S, M, and G, in ascending order of price. They all shared the same five-door hatchback body style and turbocharged engine, but offered differing levels of options and standard equipment.
Explaining the choice of name, the company claimed that "i" could represent the owner ( I, the nominative personal pronoun ) as an encouragement to personal expression, or innovation, intelligence and imagination, keywords in the car's development. It was also a play on the Japanese word for love, pronounced /ai/.
Unlike microcars, a city car's greater speed, capacity and (in perception at least) occupant protection are safer in mixed traffic environments and weather conditions. While city cars can reach highway highway speeds, that is not their intended use.
In some countries, the term "van" can refer to a small panel van based on a passenger car design (often the estate model / station wagon); it also refers to light trucks, which themselves are sometimes based on SUVs or MPVs. (But note that those retaining seats and windows, while being larger and more utilitarian than MPVs, may be called " minibuses ".)
Today, superminis are some of the best selling vehicles in Europe. In Australia Australia, motoring press tends to distinguish between a light car such as the Daihatsu Charade or early models of the Holden Barina, and slightly larger models such as the Ford Fiesta Ford Fiesta Ford Fiesta which is considered to be a small car. As the general size of vehicles in this class has gradually increased, the category of light car has almost disappeared.
This class is known as supermini in Europe, subcompact in North America. These vehicles are the smallest cars sold in the North American market.
Larger, more powerful and heavier than sports cars, these vehicles typically have a FR layout FR layout and seating for four passengers ( 2+2 ). These are more expensive than sports cars but not expensive as supercars.
Straddling the boundary between car and motorbike, these vehicles have engines under 1.0 litre, typically seat only two passengers, and are sometimes unorthodox in construction.
A full-size luxury car is typically a four-door saloon. These are the most powerful saloons, with eight and twelve-cylinder engines and have more equipment than smaller models.
An executive car or mid-luxury car is larger than a compact executive car / entry-level luxury car. They are usually very roomy, powerful and luxurious, making them more expensive than "standard" saloons.
Originally homologated for production based motorsports ( touring cars ) and like regular saloons, seats four or five people.
Some microcars are three-wheelers, while the majority have four wheels. Microcars were popular in post-war Europe, where their appearance led them to be called " Bubble cars ".
Compact cars have room for five adults and usually have engines between 1.6 and 2.2 liters. These are the most popular vehicles in most developed countries.
Muscle cars became popular in Australia during the 1980s. These cars shoe-horned giant engines into mid-sized cars straight from the factory.
The more elaborate conversion vans straddle the line between cars and recreational vehicles.
Not all car types are common in all countries and names for the same vehicle can differ by region.
Car classification is subjective since many vehicles fall into multiple categories or do not fit well into any.
Called an open saloon, roadster or drop-head coup", this type of car has a roof (fabric, vinyl, metal or glass) which can be folded away.
Supercars are ultra-high performance cars, typically very expensive, luxurious and exceptionally fast.
Large family/Mid-size cars have room for five adults and a large trunk (boot).
Engines are more powerful than small family/compact cars and six-cylinder engines are more common than in smaller cars. Car sizes vary from region to region; in Europe, large family cars are rarely over 4700 mm long, while in North America and Australasia they may be well over 4800 mm.
This category is equivalent to the EuroNCAP class "Small Family Cars". In Australia, this class is generally referred to as being Small-Medium sized cars.
This category is equivalent to the EuroNCAP class "Small Off-Roaders". Known as people carriers, this class of cars resemble tall estate cars.
Small family/Compact cars refer to the longest hatchbacks and saloons and estate cars with similar size. They are approximately 4250 mm long in case of hatchbacks and 4500 mm in the case of saloons and estate cars.
Being taller than a family car improves visibility for the driver (while reducing visibility for other road users) and may help access for the elderly or disabled. They also offer more seats and increased load capacity than hatchbacks or estate cars.
A hot hatch or sport compact is a high-performance small car, usually a hatchback, based on standard superminis or small family cars with improved performance, handling and styling.
This category is equivalent to the EuroNCAP class "Large Family Cars". These are known in Australia as Medium sized cars.
The Daihatsu Copen is a 2-door roadster with an aluminium retractable hardtop built by the Japanese Japanese car company Daihatsu. It debuted at the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show as the Copen concept, based on Daihatsu's front-wheel-drive light-car platform.
The Move is design to be as tall as compact cars like the Suzuki Wagon R Suzuki Wagon R. Daihatsu successfully sold 500,000 Moves during its first three years of production.