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Euro spec i-MiEV, 2013 mod, LED headlights

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:02 pm
by bruisepristine
As requested, some various angle shots of my i-MiEV :)

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Re: Euro spec i-MiEV, 2013 mod, LED headlights

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:16 pm
by NeilBlanchard
Very nice! LED headlights in particular should be helpful for a bit more range.

Re: Euro spec i-MiEV, 2013 mod, LED headlights

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:30 pm
by Leafboi
I love looking at this car. And have to say that our AU/EU/Asian version may be smaller but looks so much better! Sorry to all the North Americans!! ;)

Re: Euro spec i-MiEV, 2013 mod, LED headlights

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:27 am
by MLucas
Leafboi wrote:I love looking at this car. And have to say that our AU/EU/Asian version may be smaller but looks so much better! Sorry to all the North Americans!! ;)


I think the international version has some advantages to the NA version. Just wish they were all on the same car. We have the remote and you don't but you have the spoiler and the single wiper, which I wish we had. You also have more interior and exterior options than we do but we have more cargo space.

Re: Euro spec i-MiEV, 2013 mod, LED headlights

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:03 am
by Don
I wouldn't say I like the look of the Euro version better, but I definitely prefer the practicality of the larger NA version. We don't have all the really narrow roads and tiny parking spaces here that you have over there, so it's not a problem that the car is bigger

Until I saw the pictures of the Euro version, I never really understood all the comparisons to a golf cart

The NA version is actually a little larger than a Honda Fit

Don

Re: Euro spec i-MiEV, 2013 mod, LED headlights

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:20 am
by bruisepristine
MLucas wrote:
Leafboi wrote:I love looking at this car. And have to say that our AU/EU/Asian version may be smaller but looks so much better! Sorry to all the North Americans!! ;)


We have the remote and you don't


All Euro i-MiEVs 2012 mod and newer have the remote. The triplet cars iOn (peugeot) and c-zero (citroen) does not have the remote. Apparently Australian i-MiEVs do not have remote.

I really like the look of the NA i-MiEV except for one thing. The lights on each bumper corner, looks really goofy. Like the front bumper, why are there blinkers (or is it just yellow lights I dunno ?) on the bumper when there are blinkers below the side mirrors and blinkers with the headlights (at least that is available, as all EU/AU/Asian i-MiEVs have them)? And why don't they use white/transparent glass/caps for the blinkers (yellow lights?) instead of piss orange/yellow caps but instead use colored bulbs? :?

Re: Euro spec i-MiEV, 2013 mod, LED headlights

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:13 am
by aarond12
I'll bet most of the color-coded light covers has to do with our safety bureau. That's why our brake light lenses are red instead of clear. If you know of a source of clear lenses, please let us NA owners know. :)

Re: Euro spec i-MiEV, 2013 mod, LED headlights

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:00 pm
by Leafboi
True, AU model doesn't have the remote and this is why I didn't buy the car as I've mentioned before because of the charge timer options.

But now as Don said he can see why the comparisons to a golf cart have been made. Admittedly our version is small very small and narrow but inside it doesn't feel as small and narrow because of its high stance. It soooo cute!

Anyway 2010 used iMiev's are popping up on carsales.com.au here in Australia, $22000!!!! Feel I should buy one just because its so cheap.

Re: Euro spec i-MiEV, 2013 mod, LED headlights

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:45 pm
by JoeS
While on holiday in Scotland a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't resist stopping by Mitsu and Citroen dealers and sitting in the non-NA (North American) iMiEV. Here's a photo of a couple of older used ones a Mitsu dealer had on the lot:

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I personally would prefer the narrower and shorter worldwide version, as it would make parking even easier. I thought the room for the passengers was just fine - in fact, I preferred it as my arm could now comfortabley rest on the open windowsill (it's too far away in the NA version).

OK, so here's a question to see just how much redesign Mitsu did: the center-to-center dimension between the driver's and passenger's seat on the "oversized" NA version is exactly 23" (58.4cm). Would someone with a narrow iMiEV kindly measure yours and let's see if indeed this was changed to accommodate us, or is it simply the illusion of greater space by having the gap between the occupant and the door (to accommodate an airbag and better crash-safety)?

Re: Euro spec i-MiEV, 2013 mod, LED headlights

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:46 pm
by Don
Leafboi wrote:Anyway 2010 used iMiev's are popping up on carsales.com.au here in Australia, $22000!!!! Feel I should buy one just because its so cheap.
There are some folks over here who have bought brand new ones for around $10K US

$30K base price, $10K discount direct from Mitsu, $7500 tax credit from the Feds, and $2500 to $3500 from some states/localities

Don