Mitsuibishi Shows Off Hybrid-electric Concept Vehicle

Eclipse Concept-E shows promise, but company has made no decision on going to production

Published: 09-Jan-2004

AL -- Mitsubishi's new Eclipse-based gasoline/electric hybrid car is a look to the future. Whether that future will include production in Normal remains undecided.

The Eclipse Concept-E, introduced this week at Detroit's North American International Auto Show, uses gasoline and electric engines. A gasoline engine provides power to the front axles, an electric motor powers the rear axles, Mitsubishi Motor North America said.

The Eclipse is made at the MMNA plant in Normal, but it is too early to say if the all-wheel-drive gas/electric car will be produced there, the company said.

"It's just a concept car," said Dan Irvin, plant spokesman. "The next generation Eclipse will be built in Normal. Whether it will look like the concept is unknown."

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