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.

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