siai47
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New I-MiEV's --- Maybe, maybe not

Mon Apr 25, 2016 3:00 pm

I just stopped by my local Mitsubishi dealer where I had purchased one I-MiEV and leased another a couple of years ago. Asked my previous sales person about the timing of the PHEV Outlander. She said, "another three months" and then "fall". I told her that I can't wait any longer and have to get another vehicle this summer. I would consider the Outlander but I have been waiting for it for at least two years and at my age I can't wait much longer. Anyway, I replaced the last I-MiEV with a Tesla Model S. Not too shabby, but also not as practical as the I-MiEV (and a heck of a lot quicker). I still make a long trip at least twice a year from Florida to Michigan and even though the Tesla can make it with the supercharger system, I don't feel like taking the extra time and planning to do it. So for a long range occasional use car, most likely Mitsubishi has pushed me into a 2017 Volt. It has an actual EV range of about 15% less than the I-MiEV and then there is of course the gasoline engine. One less Mitsubishi sale

But the topic said "New I-MiEV's". As I was walking out, the owner of the dealership was walking in. He stopped and we talked for a bit about Mitsubishi in general and I noted there were no I-MiEV's on his lot. When I leased my first I-MiEV he had at least 8 to choose from sitting on the lot. This is the same dealer in a County in Florida (which isn't the largest by any means) that had registered nearly half of all the I-MiEV's sold in the entire State! He said, "I think we are done with those". I said "what?--I was waiting for the $99 leases to come back". I mentioned I had looked at national EV sales for the first quarter of 2016 and was surprised there were only 8 I-MiEV's sold in the entire country. He mentioned he was thinking about getting a new I-MiEV for his wife for in town shopping as it was really easy for her to drive and park. When he tried to order one, he was told there were none available. If he can't get one--He owns a large Mitsubishi dealership and also sits on Mitsubishi's board--it doesn't bode well for the future of the I-MiEV or future cheap leases :evil: .

pbui19
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Re: New I-MiEV's --- Maybe, maybe not

Mon Apr 25, 2016 3:44 pm

have you looking into leasing a SparkEV ? may be it's not available in Florida. I know of many people here in Northern CA leasing around $75/mon for 36-mon in total, after accounting for the $2500 CA tax rebate.

We have the 2016 Volt, it is surprising as efficient as the iMiev but with the comfort of a full size car. I wish the Volt has DCFC though.

FrostyCanada
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Re: New I-MiEV's --- Maybe, maybe not

Mon Apr 25, 2016 6:56 pm

Mitsubishi Canada has the new 2017 iMiEV loaded on their website.
Brian
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wmcbrine
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Re: New I-MiEV's --- Maybe, maybe not

Mon Apr 25, 2016 7:00 pm

pbui19 wrote:have you looking into leasing a SparkEV ? may be it's not available in Florida. I know of many people here in Northern CA leasing around $75/mon for 36-mon in total, after accounting for the $2500 CA tax rebate.

Yeah, I think those deals are limited to California. At least I couldn't find anything like that in Maryland (although this is one of the few states where the Spark EV is even being sold).

I see Sparks all over the place here, but not Spark EVs.

siai47
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Re: New I-MiEV's --- Maybe, maybe not

Mon Apr 25, 2016 7:49 pm

I guess the question is about the 2016 or whatever is the current I-MiEV. Does anyone here own one? Has anyone seen one? I was actually shocked at the 8 sales of whatever they are selling for the entire 1st quarter--it was at the bottom of the list for all EV's (except ones no longer made). However the list did not say what year the sold vehicles were, just that the sales were reported in the first quarter of this year. I really liked the I-MiEV and all of it's quirks. For what it was, I thought it was a well engineered car that did exactly what it was intended to do. The fit and finish of the body along with the packaging of the drivetrain were about as good as any car I've seen. And for the selling price, even the interior was acceptable. They were almost giving them away after the federal credit. You can hardly get a NEV for that price let alone a high end golf cart.

I really wasn't in the dealer for a I-MiEV but I thought I would pass along what I was told. I was really trying to find out about the PHEV Outlander as I have followed it but, right now, at least for the US it's just a Unicorn. I don't think I will be disappointed with the Volt now that GM has finally decided to not make it a compliance car like the 2016. And it appears that if you aren't living in one of the CARB emission States, the new Bolt will initially be a compliance car. I really don't think much of GM and their marketing plans or their bashing of Tesla about the "dealer" model. Their recent actions and meddling in Indiana was over the top. I would rather deal with companies like Mitsubishi, Nissan and yes Tesla who market their cars to everyone in this country, not just the anointed ones that live in California or the Northeastern CARB states. I shouldn't have to wait for an extra year to get the Volt, or a Bolt (if I wanted one) or a E-Golf or any other number of EV's or PHEV's just so the manufacturer can get his emission credits to sell another Escalade or Challenger or---you get my drift.

BTW--The dealer in question is R.C. Hill Mitsubishi in Deland, Florida. He's the one I sold my last I-MiEV to and the one that bought the pile of parts that I took from the pearl white, 2012 wreck that I disassembled. R.C. said he would be glad to sell anything off that car you might need. It was rear ended, so most of the front end is still there along with interior pieces, electrical components, and the entire drivetrain. I didn't sell him the battery modules but the rest of the pack (enclosure, electronics, etc.) are there. Give them a call and play "lets make a deal" !

RickeyG
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Re: New I-MiEV's --- Maybe, maybe not

Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:41 am

siai47, I'm in DeLand, too, bought my Mirage from RC Hill and have had a very good experience with them, so far. Sorry to hear your report, I would have gone for the iMiev last year but was concerned about coming up short on my daily 60-mile commute. So I planned on getting the i later this year for my wife, she works in town and could go all week on just one or two charges.

Last time I checked dealer inventories, only one i existed locally, at Daytona Mitsu/Kia, which I've never heard any good reports on. And the closest Focus EV's are in Melbourne. I'm guessing a local dealer could do a swap, but if the inventories are that low a good deal may be hard to come by. :(

On the other hand, Nissan has a $4,000 rebate on the Leaf right now, I would expect that deal to get sweeter as the 2017's start rolling out.

RickeyG

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Re: New I-MiEV's --- Maybe, maybe not

Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:08 am

siai47 wrote:I guess the question is about the 2016 or whatever is the current I-MiEV. Does anyone here own one? Has anyone seen one? ...
A good friend of mine in New Orleans bought a brand-new 2016 last year (shipped from Washington) after visiting us and driving one of my i-MiEVs for a week. He loves it, but is not on this forum.
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Re: New I-MiEV's --- Maybe, maybe not

Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:11 pm

I bought a 2016 three months ago. Love it. I'm in Austin Texas

FrostyCanada
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Re: New I-MiEV's --- Maybe, maybe not

Sun May 01, 2016 5:11 am

We're thinking of getting a second iMiEV 2016-17 model year.

Great little car,
Brian
2016 i-MiEV
with navigation package, in pearl white.

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Re: New I-MiEV's --- Maybe, maybe not

Sun May 01, 2016 7:43 am

New 2016 C-Zero and Ion are still available in Europe for 19.400€ or more with many improvements regarding 2012-13 model.
Tired of smelly garage - switched to EV in 2012!
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