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New Mitsubishi supermini revealed

  • 'Concept Global Small' to be shown at Geneva
  • Production starts in spring 2012
  • Five-seater does close to 80mpg
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Mitsubishi will unveil this new Global Concept Small supermini at the Geneva motor show this March.

The car is expected to go into production in March 2012 and is a little smaller than the Colt it will replace. Even so, Mitsubishi claims the supermini will be able to seat five.

Power will come from a 1.0- or 1.2-litre petrol, and Mitsubishi promises fuel economy of nearly 80mpg and emissions around 95g/km.

The engines will be matched to a regenerative braking system and stop-start technology to improve efficiency, while the car's shape is designed to be as aerodynamic as possible.

Reducing weight has also been a priority, and Mitsubishi says it has reduced resistance in the engine, transmission, brakes and tyres to boost efficiency.