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To be fair, the i-Miev might not have been attractive and fast, but it sure was ugly and slow. Wait...
 

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Hey, not so fast---I leased one and bought one. If you drove them within their limitations they were a great little car. As an early, 50 state available, non compliance BEV it was a real test for Mitsubishi to even try to design and build this little "Kei" car electric. Great for tight urban streets. Easy to get in and out of and had a lot of room for 4 people. Held way more cargo then it should have---I was able to get a full sized washer in the back and close the hatch. What other micro car could do that? Yeah, people laughed at it as an oversized golf cart---but have you priced real golf carts lately? Some cost more than the I-MiEV did and none are fully enclosed, air-conditioned, airbags, ABS, etc. Plus they are faster than golf carts :) !

However, time has passed them by and shortly the US vaporware PHEV Outlander will be in the dustbin of history along with Mitsubishi Motors.
 

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Mitsubishi missed the boat when they didn't follow through on the PHEV Lancer Evolution. And they also failed in not bringing the Outlander PHEV to the United States sooner. To be fair on the latter point, they can barely keep up with demand in Europe.
 

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Seemed to me to be more of a city car for narrow Italian streets. I understand the polizia got some.
Apparently Citroen worked a deal to sell them in Europe. If you look carefully you can see the double chevron in the first photo.

I'm surprised they lasted this long but they were not a bad product at the time they were introduced.
 

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Funny, I saw one in the wild yesterday at the Cupertino Whole Foods.

Before anyone says they are a city only car, note that Rick Karl drove his along Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica earlier this year. He took five weeks to do it, but managed to cut the return trip down to three weeks. Then there were the two French guys who drove a Citroen version around the world a few years ago. Took months, but they did it.
 

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I test drove one. Was not impressed with the handling and acceleration, but I was one who actually liked the sleek egg styling. :)
 

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I liked the I

Honestly I wish Cali and New York would adopt kei car regulations making small cars cheap to register and park
and big ones expensive so I could get some kei car enjoyment here in the US.

I'm sure they would fit in half the space of a normal car let alone truck. and relieve congestion woa s
 
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