Mitsubishi Motors' CZ2 concept car, looking a bit like a more trendy version of the Peugeot 206, provides a glimpse at the B-segment model the company will make at its factory in the Netherlands in 2004.
The manufacturer will begin by making the car in Japan next year. The closely related CZ3 forms a more obvious sporty link with Mitsubishi's success in the world rally championship.
Olivier Boulay, Mitsubishi's French head of design, who was recruited from Mercedes-Benz in April, said: "The CZ2 is a casual and chic vehicle. The glass roof gives a new feeling of light and space inside the car."
DaimlerChrysler is the principle shareholder in the Japanese vehicle maker. According to Mitsubishi chief executive officer Takashi Sonobe, the two CZ models, together with the SUP and Space Liner concept cars, introduce a new design identity for the company - a key part of the turn-round plan instigated by DaimlerChrysler.
Mr Sonobe said: "Internal reform means nothing unless we can create exciting products that will exceed our customers' expectations." (November 12, 2001)