Among the first to preview the lineup are the Japanese from Mitsubishi, who presented today the first teaser image, a rendering, of their new Concept Global Small vehicle, or GCS (you've noticed, we're sure, that in the past year or so, at least three manufacturers, Nissan, Volkswagen and now Mitsubishi, have dropped the names used on their concept in favor of vague definitions like the one above).
The GCS will enter production at the car maker's factory in Thailand in 2012, aiming at several markets across the globe. According to Carscoop, Mitsubishi plans an output of 150,000 units a year.
The car will be powered by small displacement engines, a 1.0l or a 1.2l unit, equipped with regenerative braking, start-stop technology, a new-generation CVT transmission and low rolling resistance tires.
All of the above features are supposed to help the model achieve a very low fuel consumption figure (yet unannounced) and a CO2 emission level in the mid-90g/km range.
Visually, the car will present itself as anything but a Mitsubishi, with the critic's eye being able to distinguish in the lines of the CGS some Ford inspiration, mainly from the American car makers two most successful models, the Fiesta and the Figo.
More details on the model, perhaps accompanied by real life photos of the concept, are expected as we draw closer to the start of the auto show in Geneva.