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The Mitsubishi Pajero iO is a mini sport utility vehicle produced by the Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi between 1999 (since June 15, 1998, in three-door form, and August 24, 1998, as a five-door) and 2007.[2][3] The "iO" name is derived from the Italian for "I" which, according to Mitsubishi, "generates an image of being easy to get to know, easy to drive, and of being one's very own Pajero".

Mitsubishi Pajero iO
2002 Mitsubishi Pajero iO (QA MY02) ZR 5-door wagon (2015-07-10) 01.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerMitsubishi
Also calledMontero iO
Pajero Pinin
Shogun Pinin
Pinin
Pajero TR4
Production1998–2007
2002–2015 (Brazil)
AssemblyNagoya Plant, Okazaki, Aichi, Japan (Asia)
Turin, Italy (Europe)
Catalão, Brazil (Americas)
Body and chassis
ClassMini SUV
Body style3-door wagon
5-door wagon
Powertrain
Engine1.8 L 4G93 I4 (petrol)[1]
2.0 L 4G94 I4 (petrol)[1]
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,280 mm (89.8 in) (3-door)
2,450 mm (96.5 in) (5-door)
Length3,675 mm (144.7 in) (3-door)
3,975 mm (156.5 in) (5-door)
Width1,680 mm (66.1 in)
Height1,700–1,750 mm (66.9–68.9 in)
Curb weight1,250–1,400 kg (2,760–3,090 lb)
Chronology
PredecessorMitsubishi Pajero Junior
SuccessorMitsubishi ASX
2002 Mitsubishi Pajero iO ZR 5-door wagon (Australia)

It was exported as the Montero iO, and to Europe as the Pajero Pinin, Shogun Pinin or simply Pinin to honour Pininfarina, which built the local market versions of the car at their factory near Turin, Italy.[4] It was also produced in Brazil as the Pajero TR4 from 2002 to 2015 under license. The name was changed after imported versions were referred to as "1.0" instead of "iO", which could lead to confusion about the engine sizes. The Brazilian TR4 had been since July 2007 the Mitsubishi's first four-wheel drive flexible-fuel vehicle, running on gasoline, ethanol or a combination of the two.[5]

The car is also produced in China by Changfeng Automobile as the Changfeng Liebao Feiteng CFA 6400.

Annual productionEdit

Year Production
Japan Italy Brazil
1998 54,262 - -
1999 51,516 9,587[6] -
2000 24,783 18,626 -
2001 13,799 12,150 -
2002 8,959 11,300 1,380
2003 9,016 8,313 3,180
2004 8,136 8,579 6,090
2005 3,592 - 5,280
2006 2,564 - 6,060
2007 505 - 9,300
2008 - - 9,108
2009 - - 8,337
2010 - - 11,409
2011 - - 8,991
2012 - - 8,900
2013 - - 9,061
2014 - - 7,400

(sources: Facts & Figures 2000, Facts & Figures 2005, Facts & Figures 2008, Mitsubishi Motors website)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Mitsubishi Pajero Pinin Long Body models specifications". www.auto-types.com.
  2. ^ "New addition to Pajero series", Mitsubishi Motors press release, June 15, 1998
  3. ^ "New model joins Pajero familys, [sic] 'Pajero iO' 5-door series", Mitsubishi Motors press release, August 24, 1998
  4. ^ "First Mitsubishi Pajero Pinin rolls off the line at the opening of the new Pininfarina Bairo Canavese Factory", Mitsubishi Motors press release, July 7, 1999
  5. ^ Facts & Figures 2007 Archived 2012-03-22 at the Wayback Machine, Mitsubishi Motors website
  6. ^ Pininfarina 2000 Annual Report. Turin, Italy: Pininfarina S.p.a. 2001. p. 20.