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Old 03-27-2017, 11:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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40MPG 1/2 Ton Pick Up: Proton Arena/ Jumbuck

Here's a riddle for our American friends: What pick up truck has a 1/2 ton payload capacity, is big enough to carry 4x8 sheet material, and is capable of 40MPG from it's petrol engine?


The answer is the Proton Arena/Jumbuck:



It's basically a Mitsubishi Lancer (think EVOI-III), built under license as a pick up. Standard with a 1.5 SOHC and 5 speed manual only. Rated for 33MPG city, but no doubt capable of much better.

In many ways it reminds me of the Swift/Metro, anyone who's familiar with those would be instantly at home. Good fun to drive with the typical go-kart handling you'd expect of a low (by modern standards) and light (1050kg) vehicle. It even has a 1 ton tow rating

Mine's the luxury GLSi which added things like wheel flares, cloth seats and power windows.

It's a 2010 with 30,000km on the clock, two owner, cost me all of $3k. That's seriously cheap motoring. Mitsubishi parts are dirt cheap too.

Best thing is it's firmly an 'ecomodder' vehicle, all those tried and tested tricks will work on it, it's not too expensive to mess with, nor is it complicated or already optimised from the factory.

I already have a stack of parts sitting in the workshop that for one reason or another, didn't make get fitted to other vehicles.

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Old 03-27-2017, 11:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Believe it or not that was a factory option:
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Old 03-27-2017, 01:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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This reminds me of the old Chrysler Rampage back in the 80's.
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New Pacifica hybrid beats that. 4'x8' check, 1000 pounds payload, and then some, better than 33mpg, even without the plug in hybrid charged.
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Yeah, but I highly doubt he paid $42,000 (Pacifica hybrid starting price) for his though.

I'm not sure why, but that seems like a ton to pay for a mini-van. Yet, thats about what the Volt started at when it first came out and that didn't seem insanely outrageous... I find my own perspective weird.
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At least it is eligible (as a plug in hybrid) for the max fed tax credit assuming one pays income taxes.

Everything new for sale seems to expensive to me but I assume that's just a sure sign I'm getting old.

At some point the new van will be available in basic trim with some discounts. One dealer here had the old vans brand new around $18,000 two years ago. That puts them on the low end of new car cost. Not bad for 285hp, 6 speed auto, PW, PL, A/C cruise and tilt, 7 passenger, long warranty, and all the features listed by the OP above except more like 30 mpg tops.
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Everything new for sale seems to expensive to me but I assume that's just a sure sign I'm getting old.
Used vehicle prices are terrible as well, not sure when $15000 usedbecame a steal,it's not

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