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Mitsubishi Freeca
2005 mitsu adventure
Manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors
China Motor Corporation
Also called Mitsubishi Adventure
Mitsubishi Kuda
Mitsubishi Jolie
Soueast Freeca
Africar Landio
Africar Jockey
Production 1997–present
Assembly Yang Mei, Taoyuan, Taiwan
Jakarta, Indonesia (to 2005)
Cainta, Rizal, Philippines
Qing Kou, Min Hou, Fuzhou, China
Cape Town, South Africa
Class Compact MPV
Engine(s) 4G63A 2.0 L SOHC I4
4D56 2.5 L SOHC I4 diesel
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
4-speed auto
Wheelbase 2,620 mm (103.1 in)
Length 4,320–4,375 mm (170.1–172.2 in)
Width 1,650–1,690 mm (65.0–66.5 in)
Height 1,800–1,830 mm (70.9–72.0 in)
Curb weight 1,445–1,500 kg (3,190–3,310 lb)

The Mitsubishi Freeca is a compact MPV designed by Mitsubishi Motors and China Motor Corporation for the Asian market, and built in Taiwan, China and the Philippines, where it is known as the Mitsubishi Adventure. It was first released on September 11, 1997,[1] and the 50,000th Freeca was manufactured in the Philippines plant in March 2005.[2] In the Philippines, the Adventure was given major redesigns in 2001 and then 2004, then a minor facelift in late 2009.

The vehicle is also known as the Mitsubishi Kuda in Indonesia where "Kuda" means Horse in Indonesian, and where it was locally manufactured until 2005, and Mitsubishi Jolie in Vietnam. The model name "Freeca" is coined from "free" and "ca", the Taiwanese for vehicle.[1] The Chinese factory also manufactures badge engineered Freecas for the South African market, which are locally assembled in Cape Town as the Africar Landio and Africar Jockey.[3]

ProductionEdit

Year Taiwan
(Freeca)
Philippines
(Adventure)
Indonesia
(Kuda)
China
(Freeca)
1997–99 Figures unavailable
2000 17,044 6,729 20,916 1,050
2001 13,531 7,714 4,776 7,350
2002 12,537 7,742 9,669 8,970
2003 11,800 3,921 7,350 12,630
2004 11,359 5,868 5,670 7,458
2005 12,479* 5,876 825 4,163
2006 4,791* 4,560 - 1,911
2007 6,682* 6,033 - 1,650
2008 2,133* 4,570 - 721

* Freeca and Zinger combined production figures

(Sources: Facts & Figures 2000, Facts & Figures 2005, Facts & Figures 2009, Mitsubishi Motors website)

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "China Motor Corporation of Taiwan Launches Freeca", Mitsubishi Motors press release, September 11, 1997
  2. "Mitsubishi celebrates 50,000th Adventure Milestone", Autoindustriya.com, April 4, 2006
  3. Africar vahicles, Africar Automobiles website
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