Sporting icon Bongi Mbonambi hooks up with the legendary Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Sporting icon Bongi Mbonambi hooks up with the legendary Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

  • Mitsubishi Motors SA are teaming up with Bongi Mbonambi.
  • The partnership will see the double Rugby World Cup winner drive a Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.
  • Like Mbonambi the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is a true sporting legend in its own right.

BALLITO – Mitsubishi Motors South Africa has handed over a brand new Pajero Sport to Rugby World Cup winning Springbok Bongi Mbonambi. The handover took place following the culmination of the Springboks Trophy tour at Mitsubishi Motors Ballito.

Bongi Mbonambi is known for his strength and talent in the position of hooker. A formidable rugby player that made an impact thanks to his strong defensive abilities and overall imposing physicality was crucial in securing the World Cup win for the Springboks both in 2019 and in the latest 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Similarly, the Mitsubishi Pajero nameplate is synonymous with strength and reliability and is one of the models that truly helped establish the brand. Like Mbonambi it is a true legend, owning the title of the most successful vehicle in the history of the Dakar Rally, with a total of 12 wins, including seven consecutive victories.

“Like the rest of South Africa, Mitsubishi Motors South Africa are over the moon with what the Springboks achieved and are proud to partner with double Rugby World Cup winner Mbonambi by sponsoring him with a brand-new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport,” says Jeffrey Allison, General Manager: Marketing at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA). 

“We feel that the iconic Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, that is renowned for its off-road prowess as well as DNA that was morphed with the Pajero and the motorsport success which that model enjoyed perfectly suits a robust and impactful player like Mbonambi and we trust that it will transport him and his family across many happy miles and to much more rugby success,” adds Allison.

Modern styling and unrivalled off-road ability

The Pajero Sport is visually appealing thanks to the Dynamic Shield front grille that ensures a stylish modern look. This is paired with LEDheadlamps, daytime running lights, fog lamps and cornering lamps. From the side, 18-inch alloy wheel designs and repositioned side steps perfectly enhance the design. The rear features an improved design incorporating LED rear combination lamps, rear park distance control and a rear spoiler as standard.

The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is powered by Mitsubishi’s 2.4 litre MIVEC four-cylinder intercooled turbodiesel engine that offers 133kW and 430Nm. Power is transferred to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Mitsubishi’s Super Select 4WD-II system allows drivers to tackle challenging terrain with confidence. Four selectable off-road modes including 2H, 4H, 4HLc (4WD High range with centre diff locked), 4LLc (4WD Low range with CD locked) ensure optimal engine output, transmission settings and braking for superior traction over challenging surface conditions. The result is that the Pajero Sport boasts impressive off-road credentials including an approach angle of 30 degrees, departure angle of 24.2 degrees and a 23.1 degree ramp breakover angle.

Modern high-tech interior

The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport boasts a high-tech, well-appointed interior that is perfect for a World Cup winning Springbok. With seven seats the Pajero Sport offers a unique package as it combines real off-road ability with luxury on road comfort for the whole family.

Bluetooth with hands-free voice control, coupled to Mitsubishi’s advanced smartphone-link display audio (SDA) connected to a large 8-inch touch screen will allow Mbonambi to remain connected while on the move via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.

Creature comforts include a full-colour digital instrument display, automatic dual-zone air-conditioning throughout the seven-seater cabin, which includes rear passenger controls and electric windows all round.

Keeping the Springbok hero and his family safe is the fact that the Pajero Sport is built around Mitsubishi’s RISE (Reinforced Impact SafetyEvolution) body construction that creates an excellent foundation for occupant safety. Safety credentials are bolstered by a variety of passive safety features such as seven airbags and Isofix child seat anchors. Active safety features include active stability and traction control, ABS, EBD and an emergency brake assist system. In addition the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is fitted with a hill-start assist system, dusk-sensing headlights, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, rear park distance control and a rear-view camera for easy parking.

Peace of mind comes standard

The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is sold with three-year/100 000 km manufacturer’s warranty, a five-year/90 000 km service plan and five-year roadside assistance. Service intervals are set at every 10 000 km.

World Cup winner Ox Nché rewarded with Mitsubishi Triton Xtreme

World Cup winner Ox Nché rewarded with Mitsubishi Triton Xtreme

  • Mitsubishi Motors SA have rewarded Rugby World Cup winner Ox’ Nché with a Triton Xtreme.
  • Like Nché the Mitsubishi Triton Xtreme strikes a great balance between work and play.
  • The Mitsubishi Triton Xtreme represents the ultimate iteration of a double-cab bakkie.

BALLITO – World Cup Winning Springbok prop Ox’ Nché has chosen to partner with Mitsubishi Motors South Africa. Nché was rewarded with a Mitsubishi Triton Xtreme at a handover ceremony that took place at Mitsubishi Motors Ballito only a few days after the Springboks clinched the William Webb Ellis Trophy for the second consecutive time.

Retshegofaditswe ‘Ox’ Nché got his nickname thanks to the power he brings to the scrum on breakdowns and first made his Springbok debut against Wales in 2018. This powerful loosehead prop has been a fixture of the Springbok squad since.

Have your cake and eat it

Most recently Nché gained notoriety for his witty Instagram captions, “Salads don’t win scrums” alongside images of him indulging in his favourite pieces of cake.

While the Mitsubishi Triton Xtreme is an extremely capable vehicle, like Nché, it is not afraid to have a little fun.

“Following an impressive Rugby World Cup Win Ox’ Nché deserves to have his cake and eat it and Mitsubishi Motors are proud to support thisimpressive Springboks player with a Triton Xtreme,” says Jeffrey Allison, General Manager: Marketing at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA). 

“The Mitsubishi Triton Xtreme is the ultimate iteration of Mitsubishi’s 4×4 double cab aimed at owners with an adventurous, extreme lifestyle making it perfect for an individual like Ox Nché,” adds Allison.

Xtreme derivative represents the ultimate iteration of Mitsubishi’s Triton

The Triton Xtreme offers an attractive, bold and adventurous look and a variety of additional equipment to take its already impressive off-roadabilities to new heights, resulting in the ultimate iteration of the Mitsubishi Triton double cab.

The Mitsubishi Triton Xtreme is sure to turn heads thanks to a host of visual improvements all round. Complimenting the Dynamic Shield front design concept is a distinctive new black bumper and grill combo as well as bonnet protector and headlight covers.

Xtreme branding, 4×4 decals, door handle cups, roof rack supports, window visors, taillight covers and a Kekosport style bar in black are all functional and add to the more aggressive look.

The cherry on the cake is the fender flare kit complete with visible bolt fittings, giving the Triton Xtreme a wider, more aggressive stance. These wider arches are filled with A-line alloy wheels in black shod with rugged All-Terrain tyres.

The load box of the Triton Xtreme features professionally applied rubberising and a tonneau cover that keeps contents hidden from prying eyes. A Bosal tow bar completes the enhancements to the rear of the vehicle.

The Mitsubishi Triton Xtreme boasts a luxury, comfortable cabin. Highlights include frame surroundings for the switch panel and air outlets, while a high-quality look is created by soft pad materials and stitching on the floor console, armrests and parking brake. The tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel is finished in leather and incorporates multi-function controls for the audio system and cruise control. Bluetooth and smartphone mirroring capabilities via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will ensure that Nché remains connected and can listen to his favourite tunes seamlessly.

Tried and tested technology

Under the bonnet, the Triton Xtreme is fitted with Mitsubishi’s tried and tested 2.4L MIVEC turbodiesel engine that offers 133kW at 3 500rpm and 430Nm at 2 500rpm and has been mated to a smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission featuring Intelligent Shift Control which is sure to transport Ox in comfort, whether it’s to training or the local cake shop.

All Mitsubishi Triton 4WD models are fitted with Mitsubishi’s latest Super-Select II 4WD system, which delivers optimum traction and handling across a variety of surface conditions. On automatic transmission derivatives like the Triton Xtreme this system incorporates an off-road mode which includes Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand and Rock settings. When engaged, off-road mode tailors engine power, transmission and braking to regulate the amount of wheel slip, maximizing all-terrain performance and self-extraction performance.

The Triton Xtreme boasts Mitsubishi’s advanced RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) Body Construction that utilises crumple zones to route and absorb energy during high-impact collisions. Side impact protection bars, Isofix and a seven-airbag system are in place for increased safety. Electronic off-road assistance enhances the Super Select II 4WD system by means of Hill Descent Control for additional safety off the road. Active Stability and Traction Control are an important safety feature and works in conjunction with S-AWC to provide maximum safety and driver control.

“Mitsubishi Motors South Africa are really excited to have a formidable player like Ox Nché as part of the family and behind the wheel of a vehicle that we believe perfectly dovetails with his personality,” concludes Allison.

Peace of mind comes standard

All Triton models are covered by Mitsubishi’s manufacturer’s warranty of three years or 100 00 km, a five-year/90 000 km service plan and five-year/unlimited-mileage roadside assistance. Service intervals are every 10 000 km.

Mitsubishi Motors SA rewarded for enormous rental and leasing performance leap

Mitsubishi Motors SA rewarded for enormous rental and leasing performance leap

  • Mitsubishi Motors SA was the most improved brand in this year’s SAVRALA MOTY survey.
  • The SAVRALA MOTY survey judges’ performance in the rental and leasing industry.
  • Mitsubishi Motors SA to use feedback from this survey to further refine their offering to this segment of the market.

JOHANNESBURG – Mitsubishi Motors South Africa have in recent times made the expansion of their fleet focused product offering a priority. Along with the launch of the Diamond fleet club which offers members with unmatched aftersales support and service, Mitsubishi expanded the product range to include single cab models. This entry level Triton single cab model provides fleet owners with quality, reliability, durability and fuel efficiency resulting in a cost-effective solution in the face of rising fuel prices and repo rates. This was followed by fleet focused double-cab derivatives such as the Triton GL and GLX double cab that offer many of the advantages of Mitsubishi’s Triton double cab at a price point that makes it an ideal fleet purchase. In addition, the Mitsubishi Xpander panel van is a unique solution that combines MPV like qualities with secure load carrying ability.

These efforts have been noticed by the industry, who have voted with their wallets and now by the members of SAVRALA too.

At the 28th edition of the South African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA) Manufacturer of the Year Awards (MOTY), Mitsubishi Motors SA walked away with an award for the Automotive Member that has improved the most on their previous year’s performance.

The SAVRALA MOTY awards are purely performance based and are determined through two surveys conducted by Lightstone with 37 car rental and leasing companies in South Africa, covering rental and leasing performance. These surveys gauge fleet customers interactions with the manufacturers that they frequently deal with and whose vehicles are part of their fleets. Most importantly, participating rental and leasing companies are required to involve all the relevant people in their operations who are knowledgeable about each of the criterion to complete the various sections of the surveys, resulting in a very accurate set of results.

“In more recent years Mitsubishi Motors SA set a number of goals with the aim of taking the brand to new heights. These goals included a clearstrategy on becoming the mobility partner of choice to businesses of all sizes. This saw us refine our commercial vehicle offering and the aftersales value proposition for fleet clients. To be rewarded by SAVRALA as the most improved manufacturer shows that Mitsubishi Motors SA are making great strides in these areas,” says Nic Campbell, General Manager: Sales at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA). 

In the rental category of the competition, manufacturers are judged on criteria including communication, support, maintenance, value, theftprevention and B-BBEE and Mitsubishi improved considerably in all these categories resulting in an overall improvement, across all categories of 12.0%.

Some of Mitsubishi’s biggest improvements recorded were in categories such as the availability of parts and the waiting time for a service which is testament to Mitsubishi’s ongoing collective effort by aftersales staff and the dealer network who continue to embody the spirit of continuous improvement.

In the leasing category Mitsubishi again performed admirably with vast improvements in many of the sub sectors of the scoring criteria whichinclude communication, technical support, financial categories, dealer performance and B-BBEE.

 “SAVRALA shares detailed results of the annual survey with participating manufacturers and these scores across the variety of judging criteria have been a great tool in assisting Mitsubishi to improve our operations related to the rental and leasing customer journey,” says Campbell.

“Mitsubishi are always innovating with the goal of giving all our customers, whether they are walking into a dealership and new to the brand or have a long-standing relationship with us, as many of our fleet and leasing customers do, the best possible experience when interacting with our brand throughout the ownership journey,” adds Campbell.

Mitsubishi continue to offer an extremely competitive product line up across a variety of criteria including reliability, safety, innovation and total cost of ownership all of which remain priorities that appeal to a wide variety of customers including fleet and leasing clients.

“At Mitsubishi we always believe that there is room for growth, and we hope to continue to improve across all facets of our business by offering the latest in terms of product along with the dealer network, sales staff and after sales back up that all our customers deserve,” concludes Campbell.

All-New Xforce Wins the VMARK Vietnam Design Award 2023

All-New Xforce Wins the VMARK Vietnam Design Award 2023

Tokyo, October 12, 2023 – Mitsubishi Motors announced that the all-new Xforce compact SUV has been selected as a gold award winner in the VMARK Vietnam Design Award 2023 in the Best Transportation Design category. This marks the first time that Mitsubishi Motors has won the VMARK Vietnam Design Award.

 Established in 2018, the VMARK Vietnam Design Award is organised by the Vietnam Design Association (VDAS) based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This year, a jury of 30 internationally renowned design practitioners evaluated design projects from Vietnam and around the world, and each entry was evaluated against criteria for innovation, green design, identity, functionality, and community. Gold awards are given to particularly outstanding designs, and this year, 16 projects were selected as gold award winners out of a total of 700 entries.

The all-new Xforce is a compact SUV that provides comfort and practicality including a spacious cabin and versatile storage spaces well-balanced in a manoeuvrable, compact body size, as well as offering road handling that allows safe, secure ride in various weather or road conditions. Based on the design concept of Silky & Solid, the upper part of the body expresses an airy silkiness, while the lower part of the body adopts solid and powerful proportions, creating a stylish yet robust, authentic SUV styling. Inside, a large monolithic display panel integrates a 12.3-inch Smartphone-link Display Audio and a digital driver display to create a sophisticated interior with a cutting-edge feel.

In attending the VMARK Vietnam Design Award 2023 ceremony, Naoki Akita, program design director of Mitsubishi Motors, commented:

“In addition to the robustness and powerfulness characteristic of Mitsubishi Motors, we pursued a stylish, energetic and distinctive design for the all-new Xforce. We are honoured that the Xforce has been recognised with a VMARK Vietnam Design Award, which has been increasing its presence in recent years. The all-new Xforce is set to launch in Vietnam early next year, so we will further promote its appeal to even more customers, with this award as encouragement.”

Website of the VMARK Vietnam Design Award:

 “In the artistry of our design, the exterior reigns supreme. It’s the essence of might, embodying colossal presence within a compact frame. Every contour, from the commanding front and rear fenders to the sleek headlights and rear combination lights, exudes the spirit of an avant-garde SUV. The hexagon motif, entwined throughout the interior and exterior details, forges a symphony of unity in the overall vehicle design.”

 “Anticipation soars among our Mitsubishi faithful, both long-standing and new, for our all-new compact SUV. They recognise that we’re not just crafting vehicles; we’re sculpting awe-inspiring icons. It’s the next thrilling chapter in MMSA’s journey to redefine lifestyles and elevate your driving experience! Stay tuned for more exciting news” says Jeffrey Allison, General Manager: Marketing at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA)

Mitsubishi Motors to Premiere an Electrified Crossover MPV Concept Car at the Japan Mobility Show 2023

Mitsubishi Motors to Premiere an Electrified Crossover MPV Concept Car at the Japan Mobility Show 2023

Tokyo, October 11, 2023 – Mitsubishi Motors heads to the Japan Mobility Show 2023 to premiere an electrified crossover MPV concept car that will awaken the adventurous spirit of drivers and expand their horizons. In addition, the company will debut the all-new Triton bakkie in Japan, as well as displaying the Last 1 mile Mobility, a small mobility vehicle developed in collaboration with a start-up company.

Concept car
The electrified crossover MPV concept car combines the road handling of an SUV with the comfort and user-friendliness of an MPV, with a view toward achieving a carbon-neutral society. Based on the concept of Borderless Adventure, it features a vastly spacious cabin with a sense of openness and offers the cruising range and driving performance to handle all kinds of adventures. Driver can enjoy the exhilarating driving experience of an electrified vehicle, and with the ability to switch driving modes as the situation demands, there are no limits to the destinations it can reach.

With a high ground clearance and an electric four-wheel drive system that allows the large-diameter tyres to grip the ground and perform exactly as the driver intends, this electrified crossover MPV will be a reliable partner that provides a pleasant driving experience with peace of mind regardless of weather or road conditions, giving drivers the confidence to go one step further than before.

Last 1 mile Mobility
The Last 1 mile Mobility is a small mobility vehicle developed in collaboration with LIFEHUB Inc., a start-up company that is working on the development and commercialisation of next-generation mobility chairs. This buggy-type compact mobility system powered by used batteries from electrified vehicles enables further adventures after the car reaches its destination.

All-new Triton (prototype)
Developed under the product concept of Power for Adventure, the all-new Triton is a one-ton bakkie with a completely revamped interior and exterior design, frame, chassis, body and engine. The new model is scheduled for launch in Japan early next year, which will mark its first entry into the Japanese market in about 12 years.

Key features:

  • The newly developed ladder frame has been honed to achieve the utmost in durability and reliability, and the new 2.4L clean diesel turbo engine balances higher power output and enhanced environmentalperformance.
  • The newly developed suspension provides excellent ride comfort and steering stability, while the Super Select 4WD-II and upgraded drive modes deliver superior road performance.
  • The exterior features a commanding front-end design and a wide profile with robust styling, while the interior is classy yet highly functional and easy to operate.
  • Improvements in collision safety performance, driver assist features, and comfortability make it suitable for a wide range of applications from business to personal use.

“Mitsubishi Motors has been a leader in electrification and development of vehicles that deliver freedom of mobility to all people, utilising cutting-edgetechnologies. – stay tuned for more exciting news from Japan” says Jeffrey Allison, General Manager: Marketing at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA).

Mitsubishi to offer unrivalled value for money for lifestyle buyers with Limited Edition Triton GLX

Mitsubishi to offer unrivalled value for money for lifestyle buyers with Limited Edition Triton GLX

    • Mitsubishi are reinforcing the value for money proposition of their Triton GL double cab with the addition of a limited edition GLX derivative.
    • The limited edition Mitsubishi Triton GLX offers everything bakkie owners will ever need from a work or leisure vehicle.
    • A tried and tested powerplant offers a great balance between performance and fuel consumption.

JOHANNESBURG – Throughout the lifespan of the current Triton, Mitsubishi Motors South Africa has continued to offer models that cater for the exacting needs of South African customers. This has resulted in a variety of locally developed special edition models including the Triton Xtreme in 2020 and the launch of the Triton GL single and double cab derivatives and the Triton Heritage Edition in 2022. The Triton Xtreme was shown earlier this year at Nampo and just recently the café racer inspired Triton Athlete hit the road in South Africa.

When launched last year Mitsubishi’s Triton GL double cab was aimed at fleet customers and owners of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), but it very quickly found favour with lifestyle customers too, thanks to its accessibility, versatility and bold contemporary styling.

“The launch of the Triton GL has been beneficial in allowing MMSA to offer our customers greater versatility in the commercial vehicle market and attract more of those customers to the Mitsubishi brand,” says Jeffrey Allison, General Manager: Marketing at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA). 

For these customers the level of specification included along with modern styling and legendary Mitsubishi reliability at a more affordable price point continues to represent a sweet spot in terms of value for money.

“However, it quickly became clear that the value for money proposition that the Triton GL double cab represents appealed to leisure customers as much as it did to those looking for a stylish workhorse. The fitment of a number of choice accessories to the limited edition GLX should cement its position as a vehicle that can fulfil both these roles seamlessly,” says Allison.

Now, Mitsubishi Motors South Africa are launching a GLX double cab that builds on those strengths by refining the product offering with a variety of additional standard specification.

The addition of the choice accessories ensures that the limited edition Triton GLX is ready for anything that a working or lifestyle environment can throw at it.

A great balance of performance and fuel economy

Under the bonnet of the Triton Double Cab GLX is a tried and tested DOHC intercooled turbodiesel engine that boasts 100kW and 324Nm of torque.

The Triton GLX Double Cab utilises a 4×2 drivetrain, limited-slip differential and six-speed manual transmission that is capable of handling a wide variety of work and leisure tasks and doesn’t shy away from light off-roading or gravel road driving.

This engine and drivetrain combination also offers an excellent balance of performance and fuel economy, utilising just 8,0 litres/100km on the combined cycle, which is a real boon giving the record high fuel prices.

As with all Triton models the limited edition GLX rides on a rigid ladder frame chassis, that facilitates excellent handling and stability across a wide variety of road surfaces. Double wishbones with coil springs upfront and leaf spring rear suspension ensures a good combination of comfort and load carrying ability of up to 1-ton. The towing of leisure items or work trailers is now possible thanks to a neatly integrated Triton double tube tow bar.

Ready for work or play

The spacious load bed measures 1 520mm in length, 1 470mmm in width and is 475mm deep. The single rear tailgate handle enables one handed operation and has been upgraded with the Triton Tailgate lock on this model. Load bin contents is now kept out of sight thanks to a Keko Tonneau cover. Adding a touch of style is a black Keko Sport bar.

The list of creature comforts is comprehensive for this price point and includes keyless entry, central locking, an immobiliser, electric windows, air-conditioning and a touchscreen radio/CD player that has been upgraded with a Sony audio system in this limited edition model.

On the Triton GLX, Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield front design is complimented by a Black Triton Low Nudge bar.

Safety comes standard

Despite its value for money price point the limited edition Triton GLX is fitted with an extensive list of standard safety equipment including ABS brakes with EBD as well as Isofix child seat anchors. Occupant safety is ensured by a high-impact safety structure and airbags for the driver and front passenger.

Warranty and service

Mitsubishi’s entire commercial vehicle line up including the Triton GLX double cab is covered by a three-year/100 000km manufacturer’s warranty as standard. A five-year/90 000km service plan and five-year/unlimited roadside assistance ensures peace of mind and cost-effective motoring. Service intervals are set for every 10 000km.

“The limited edition Triton GLX is a real all-rounder that can fulfil roles as a workhorse and a lifestyle vehicle thanks to a high level of standard specification that allows those looking for a premium double cab, but shopping on a budget to drive a vehicle that can handle their usage requirements while still offering them everything they will need from a double cab,” concludes Allison.

For only an additional R10 000 the limited edition Triton GLX is fitted with the following additional equipment:

  • Black Triton low nudge bar
  • Black Keko Sport bar
  • Keko Tonneau cover
  • Triton GL double tube tow bar
  • Triton tailgate lock
  • Sony Carplay and Android auto system


Triton 2.4L DI-SC M/T GL 4×2

R434 995



Triton 2.4L DI-DC M/T GL 4×2

R519 990





Triton 2.4L DI-DC M/T GLX 4×2 Limited Edition

R529 990





Triton 2.4L DI-DC M/T 4×2

R639 990





Triton 2.4L DI-DC A/T 4×2

R659 990





Triton 2.4L DI-DC M/T 4×4

R719 990





Triton 2.4L DI-DC A/T 4×4

R739 990



Triton 2.4L DI-DC A/T 4×4 Athlete

R759 990




Mitsubishi Motors Wins Good Design Award 2023 in Japan with the all-new Triton and Xforce

Tokyo – Mitsubishi Motors announced that the all-new Triton one-ton bakkie and the all-new Xforce compact SUV have won the Good Design Award 2023 organised by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion.

Mitsubishi Motors has been working to create distinctively unique designs based on its design philosophy of Robust & Ingenious. The company is committed to providing customers with reliability and excitement by building upon its core values of dynamic strength, robustness and functionality, and by continuing to evolve and progress with the times. The two new models, the Triton and Xforce were selected as Good Design Award winners for embodying the core Mitsubishi Motors design philosophy while expressing their individual design concepts.

All-new Triton

The all-new Triton is a one-ton bakkie that condenses the essence of Mitsubishi Motors, offering safe and comfortable ride with peace of mind in a variety of weather and road conditions around the world. Based on the Beast Mode design concept, the all-new Triton has an imposing aura that expresses the toughness and strength required of a pickup truck, as well as the ruggedness and agility typical of a Mitsubishi model. The interior is designed for enhanced practicality with professional use in mind.

Comments from the jury:

“The all-new Triton boasts power not found in passenger vehicles and a sense of fun that sets it apart from other bakkies. The styling, consisting of a front face with a strong presence, distinctive lighting utilizing LEDs, a horizontally-themed silhouette, and square fenders, fully meets these requirements and clearly conveys the brand identity. In addition, the vehicle offers a spacious cabin, a functional instrument panel, a low cargo bed, and other user-friendly features, while also standing out for its excellent workmanship, including a cover for the inside of the cargo bed.”

All-new Xforce

The all-new Xforce is a compact SUV that offers comfort and practicality including a spacious cabin and versatile storage spaces well-balanced in a manoeuvrable, compact body size, as well as road handling that allows safe, secure ride in various weather or road conditions. Based on the design concept of Silky & Solid, its design features a stylish yet robust, authentic SUV styling and a sophisticated interior with a cutting-edge feel.

Comments from the jury:

“The exterior design, with the powerful front and rear fenders at its core, gives a sense of massiveness despite the vehicle’s compact size, and together with the shape of the headlights and rear combination lights, it exudes the appeal of an advanced SUV. Meanwhile, through well-organised, structured modelling and the skilful blending of colours, materials and finishes (CMF), the interior succeeds in creating a sense of excitement to match the external profile. The use of a hexagon motif in the details of both the interior and exterior also contributes to a sense of unity in the overall vehicle design.”

“Mitsubishi fans have a high appreciation for powerful and imposing designed bakkies and SUV’s that plays an integral role in enhancing the fun lifestyle they deserve – stay tuned for more exciting news” says Jeffrey Allison, General Manager: Marketing at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA). 

Women are key to the ongoing success of Mitsubishi Motors SA

  • Women play an integral role in the various departments at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA).
  • MMSA celebrated women’s month by showcasing what women have achieved within their company.
  • MMSA pride themselves on a culture of inclusivity and diversity.

JOHANNESBURG – During women’s month, Mitsubishi Motors South Africa celebrated the many women that form part of their critical staff compliment. A key strategy within the Mitsubishi Motors South Africa business is their commitment to empowering and elevating women within their organisation

“At Mitsubishi Motors South Africa we pride ourselves in the fact that we continuously create a working environment that fosters inclusivity and allows people of all genders, and from all walks of life an equal opportunity to follow a successful career in the automotive industry,” says Thato Magasa, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA).

Within the larger Mitsubishi Motors South Africa organisation women fulfil a variety of roles with great success, many of which were reserved for men in the past.

“Mitsubishi’s staff compliment includes a large number of woman who fulfil a variety of roles across the company. Through these testimonials we hope that we can inspire other women to pursue a career in the automotive industry,” adds Magasa.

Felicia Sono – Customer care manager

Customer care manager Felicia Sono has vast experience in customer service and training in the automotive industry that spans 16 years.

“In my current role I support and mentor the customer care team, which includes training and mentoring staff to enhance productivity. We really need to support the younger generation in achieving their goals,” says Sono.

“Working in a male dominated industry I have seen that certain male customers tend to believe that women don’t know much about the motor industry and can be very reluctant to accept the feedback that you give back to them. They will prefer to speak to a male co-worker, who gives them the same feedback which is then accepted as the truth. I expect to be treated with respect and fairness just like anyone else in the organisation,” explains Sono.

Thabiso Ramatla – Distribution manager

Distribution manager Thabiso Ramatla now has more than 10 years’ experience in the automotive industry. She started out as a graduate and worked her way through the ranks to her current position as distribution manager where she is responsible for inbound and outbound logistics.

“I love working for Mitsubishi because the company allows me to grow, I work with people who are courageous and who are helping me to grow, who are very passionate about the brand and who are always looking forward,” says Ramatla.

“Working in a male dominated industry has been a beautiful journey because the men that I have worked with have pushed me to do my best, they are passionate and help me to improve my skills. This has helped me become more confident in making decisions and delivering on behalf of the brand,” says Ramatla.

Ramatla believes that women are hard workers with integrity who bring unique solutions to the industry, and they make good choices by knowing what to do and when to do it. 

“Women are coming on board with skills that allow institutions to be successful and are being recognised based on those skills and the power they carry as women,” concludes Ramatla.

Carmen van Dyk – Financial Director

Financial Director Carmen van Wyk believes that anything is possible, but that the numbers never lie.

“I love life and all its beautiful things, I think it’s important to have a critical understanding of the numbers and their impact on the organisation,” says van Wyk.

“I like working at Mitsubishi as it allows me to grow. I work for a small, fairly young team who are agile and forward thinking. In a smaller organisation like this there is less bureaucracy, and we can make decisions quickly,” adds van Wyk.

“What matters most to me is how you show up and land on a daily basis. I want to be a positive influence, an instrument of change and I believe that I have a sharp eye for identifying and developing talent. I believe in people and in people being treated fairly. When given the platform those people will grow and excel,” says van Wyk.

Van Wyk believes that women should remain feminine and authentic, especially in an industry that is very muscular and outdoorsy. For automotive companies looking to attract a different demographic the feminine influence is very important.

Dalene Bekker – General Manager, Parts

General manager of parts, Dalene Bekker explains that mentorship and support are crucial for women in male dominated industries. “During my 34-year career I sought out the specialists in various areas and learnt from them by shadowing them and learning from the way they do things. Engage with stakeholders, do your research and develop your processes in that way,” says Bekker.

“Women tend to be more analytical, pay more attention to detail, ask more questions and get to the bottom of issues, which makes it easier to establish new processes. These unique strengths and skills that women bring to the parts and distribution industry can be harnessed for greater success,” adds Bekker.

Lebogang Maepa – Warehouse administrator

Warehouse administrator Lebogang Maepa always wanted to be the lady that breaks barriers and changes the whole concept of male domination. This was possible thanks to her passion and determination to learn new things, which has been key to her success to date.

“Women looking to enter the industry shouldn’t be afraid to put themselves out there as women, open their mind and learn everything they can. Be like a sponge and learn as much as possible from the people around you. Go above and beyond and you will get wherever you want to be,” says Maepa.

Mathabo Mapea – Management accountant

Management accountant Mathabo Mapea believes that it is important to foster a culture of collaboration and teamwork among employees, regardless of gender in order to achieve the organisations goals.

“We need to encourage a culture and an environment that is supportive and safe for all employees. We need to create an environment where we know we can express ourselves and our opinions without fear or favour. We are all part of one team, so it is important to create an environment where we are all equal and where we all feel safe and comfortable to do our job and take risks, when necessary,” says Mapea.

“As women we need to come together, encourage one another and form initiatives where we can guide and support each other on how to advance in this industry,” says Mapea.

“Women wanting to pursue a career in the automotive industry should choose a field within the industry that they want to follow and pursue that field with an end goal in mind. They should then do everything in their power including making sure that they continually educate themselves on their path to becoming experts in that chosen field,” adds Mapea.

“During my career in the automotive industry I have learnt that if you pursue and persist you will be able to reach your goals. As women we need to realise that we have the ability to make a positive contribution to this industry, through our innovative and creative ideas,” concludes Mapea.

Melissa Lombard – Admin Manager

Admin Manager Melissa Lombard believes that gender diversity has many benefits that relate to the company’s bottom line. “By embracing gender diversity companies can foster a more innovative and productive work environment. Having both males and females in your team means you benefit by having different points of view and approaches from different life experiences,” says Lombard.

Lombard notes her biggest career achievement to date as when she completed her BBA at the same time as caring for a new-born baby. “Having to complete assignments, study and write exams while on maternity leave is a big achievement in my opinion. That just goes to show how strong and amazing women really are, if we put our minds to it, no matter how tough or challenging, we can accomplish anything,” adds Lombard.

Molly Prakesh – Parts Distribution Manager, Motus

Molly Prakash is the Manager of the Parts Distribution Centre for Motus emerging brands and for her the journey of breaking barriers and entering the parts distribution industry, which is traditionally male dominated, has been fruitful.

“18 years ago I started out in a very male dominated industry but over the years we have seen change. Women are now valued and recognised for their contribution. My focus has always been to do the job. Don’t get distracted by gender or any other form of discrimination,” explains Prakash.

“My belief is that finance is there to support the business in achieving its targets and goals, this motivated me to learn and understand all aspects of business. When I was offered my current position in the parts distribution centre, I saw it as an opportunity to further my career,” says Prakash.

“A change from finance to operations made me realise that I actually enjoyed operations because of its challenges. I love working with the team to try and find solutions in pursuit of achieving daily, monthly and annual targets. I love implementing processes and controls to ensure increased productivity and efficiency,” adds Prakash.


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Mitsubishi Triton Athlete Set to Amaze South African Bakkie Customers with Unparalleled Performance and Style

  • The limited-edition Mitsubishi Triton Athlete is now available in SA.
  • The Mitsubishi Triton Athlete boasts several bespoke interior and exterior touches.
  • The Triton Athlete offers bakkie customers a unique vehicle off the showroom floor.

JOHANNESBURG – Mitsubishi are expanding their Triton range with the addition of the Triton Athlete, a limited-edition model that takes the Triton concept to a whole new level.

The Triton remains a key product for Mitsubishi Motors South Africa, a bakkie that has been well received for its combination of sporty styling, excellent performance and legendary capability that allows it to tackle any terrain with ease.

The Triton Athlete is the next model in Mitsubishi’s extensive product rollout and boasts several unique exterior features that are sure to make it stand out in the crowded bakkie market as well as a variety of interior touches that elevate its premium feel significantly.

“South Africa is a bakkie country and local owners love to customise their vehicles, the Triton Athlete caters for that need by offering a  bespoke package to make it stand out whether you are on or off-road,” says Jeffrey Allison, General Manager: Marketing at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA). 

Based on the Triton 4×4 Automatic, the Triton Athlete is inspired by the Café Racer concept that originated among British motorcycle lovers in London in the 1960s who took inspiration from motorsport to personalise their motorcycles.

The Triton Athlete is immediately noticeable thanks to red touches to the front bumper lower garnish, side-step and rear bumper step that remind of motorsport body kits that featured prominently on legendary models like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

A comprehensive decal kit inspired by the world of motorsport includes a hood decal, tailgate strip and side stripes featuring the number 01. Adding to the visual appeal of exterior specification upgrades are LED headlamps with black accents and matching daylight running lamps. The Triton Athlete rides on unique black 18-inch alloys.

The motorsport inspired theme is continued in the interior where the leather steering wheel, parking brake and floor console feature black and red stitching. Unique leather seats and door trim have also been treated to red leather stitching.

While the Mitsubishi Triton Athlete is differentiated by a variety of bespoke aesthetic touches this model retains all of the performance and legendary off-road capability that Mitsubishi vehicles are renowned for.

Under the bonnet is the same 2.4L DOHC MIVEC Diesel engine that has the performance to match the unique styling elements. Boasting 133kW at 3 500 r/min and 430Nm at 2 500r/min it is paired with a smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission that features Intelligent Shift Control.

Endowing the Triton with go anywhere capability is Mitsubishi’s legendary Super Select II 4WD system that ensures optimum traction and handling on any surface. The system does not rely on driver input but instead transfers power to the wheels with grip instantaneously. In addition, the selectable off-road mode maximises traction by allowing the driver to select from Gravel, Mud/Snow or Sand modes when in 4hLc to suit surface conditions and optimise engine output, transmission settings and braking for superior traction. An additional Rock setting can be engaged in 4LLc. With ground clearance of 220mm, approach and departure angles of 31 and 29 degrees and a 25-degree ramp breakover angle the Triton is ready to tackle any obstacle.

“The Mitsubishi Triton Athlete offers customers a bakkie that embodies Mitsubishi’s philosophy of creating products that provide safety, comfort and quality while a number of unique features elevate the characteristic styling and athleticism, resulting in a truly unique offering,” concludes Allison.


As with all Triton models the Triton Athlete is covered by Mitsubishi’s manufacturer’s warranty of three years or 100 000km, a five-year/90 000km service plan and five-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance. Service intervals are every 10 000km.

Triton 2.4L DI-SC M/T GL 4×2

R429 995



Triton 2.4L DI-DC M/T GL 4×2

R514 990





Triton 2.4L DI-DC M/T 4×2

R629 990





Triton 2.4L DI-DC A/T 4×2

R649 990





Triton 2.4L DI-DC M/T 4×4

R709 990





Triton 2.4L DI-DC A/T 4×4

R729 990





Triton 2.4L DI-DC A/T 4×4 Athlete

R749 990



All-New Compact SUV Previewed at 30th GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show

Tokyo – Mitsubishi Motors will celebrate the global debut of an all-new compact SUV at the 30th GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show. Ahead of the world premiere, the company revealed the exterior design of the all-new compact SUV. The all-new model will be built at Mitsubishi Motors Krama Yudha Indonesia (Bekasi, West Java), with delivery to start in November 2023.


At the show, Mitsubishi Motors will also display the eK X EV, an all-electric kei-car, for the first time outside of Japan, along with the Minicab-MiEV, a onebox kei-car class commercial electric vehicle (EV) that is scheduled for local production in Indonesia. The company will also exhibit models sold in Indonesia, including the Xpander and Xpander Cross crossover MPVs, as well as the Pajero Sport mid-size SUV.


Further, the Mitsubishi Motors exhibition stand will feature a special area where visitors can experience the new Dynamic Sound Yamaha Premium sound system, which was jointly developed with Yamaha Corporation and will be adopted for the first time in the all-new compact SUV. Inside the all-new model, visitors can enjoy the sound system’s characteristic, clear mid and high tones as well as lively bass.


“In this all-new model, we have further evolved the design to meet the needs of the compact SUV market, which has been growing in recent years,” said Seiji Watanabe, division general manager of design, Mitsubishi Motors. “In addition to the robustness and powerfulness characteristic of Mitsubishi Motors, we have pursued a design that is more stylish, energetic, and distinctive than ever. At the upcoming GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show, we hope that even more customers will discover what Mitsubishi Motors has to offer and empathise with our design through this all-new compact SUV.”


Design of the All-New Compact SUV (World Premiere)

Based on the design concept of Silky & Solid, the stylish yet powerful, authentic SUV design combines elegance and robustness, thereby realising styling that creates a commanding presence in scenes from ASEAN cities to the great outdoors. The upper part of the body expresses an airy silkiness with a floating roof and a sleek surface that begins from the three-diamond emblem up front and flows along the side to the rear. The lower part of the body adopts the solid and powerful proportions of an SUV – the muscular fender flares express the agility of an athlete, while a top-class ground clearance of 222 mm as well as 18-inch wheels and large-diameter tyres enhance road handling on rough roads.


“We are sure that current and new Mitsubishi customers are waiting with huge excitement on our all-new compact SUV, which will further build on MMSA’s lifestyle attraction – stay tuned for the world premiere” says Jeffrey Allison, General Manager: Marketing at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA). 


At the front, the Dynamic Shield front face has been evolved in line with the design concept. Here, the design consisting of left and right bumpers that protect the front grille which symbolises the performance of the powertrain, is three-dimensionally integrated to create a sporty front face with a sense of depth. The LED daytime running lights combine an L-shape with slitted accents to emit light in an iconic T-shape, making the SUV instantly recognizable as a Mitsubishi model even from a distance, while also emphasizing the wide stance.


On the body sides, the rich, muscular surfaces combine with sculpted fender flares and character lines to express the strength and dynamism of the SUV. By adopting the same T-shaped design for the LED tail lights as the front, the rear attains a wide and stable look.

Specifications of the All-New Compact SUV


 Overall length x width x height

 4,390 mm x 1,810 mm x 1,660 mm

 Ground clearance

 222 mm 4


1 .5 L



 Drive system

 Front engine, front drive (2WD)


Overview of the eK X EV (Indonesian Premiere)

The eK X EV, an all-electric kei-car, is an EV variant of the eK X, a height-wagon kei- car. The eK X EV offers a spacious, pleasant cabin despite its small vehicle size, user- friendliness, the smooth and powerful driving unique to EVs, a quiet and comfortable ride, advanced driver assistance systems and connectivity.