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 Post subject: Tow rating of New Zealand Vehicles
PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 3:26 am 
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After much research I purchased the VRX model last week, and pick it up next Wednesday.
One thing I noticed is that the vehicles purchased in NZ only have a tow rating of 750kg. When all other countries tow rating is 1500kg. The salesman said that is because Mitsubishi are wary of kiwis overloading their trailers.
Anyone have any thoughts on whether that is true or not?


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 Post subject: Re: Tow rating of New Zealand Vehicles
PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 4:22 am 
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Should be fine if all the specs are the same. Sounds like like this stupit 15A plug that they put on the charger for the Australian version. I bought my PHEV in the second half of 2014 but it still had the 15A plug. Must have just missed out.

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 Post subject: Re: Tow rating of New Zealand Vehicles
PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:35 pm 
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Towed at least a ton yesterday with zero problems. Car performed perfectly including a standing start up a steep hill. The torque from those electric motors is amazing.


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 Post subject: Re: Tow rating of New Zealand Vehicles
PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 10:13 pm 
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Over here it is 1500 kg for a trailer with brakes but 750 for one without brakes. Perhaps something similar over there?


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 Post subject: Re: Tow rating of New Zealand Vehicles
PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 2:54 pm 
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anko wrote:
Over here it is 1500 kg for a trailer with brakes but 750 for one without brakes. Perhaps something similar over there?


Same in Aus.


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 Post subject: Re: Tow rating of New Zealand Vehicles
PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:48 pm 
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Unfortunately my brand new 2016 phev got stuck at the top of our driveway with about 1100kgs of wood and trailer on the back. Batteries were full and i used the charge button all the way up but after about 200m it just died. It refused to pull anymore. I had to unload most of the wood before it would move again. They lowered the rating for NZ because of the terrain. They tested the car with a laden trailer from Wellington to Taupo I think and the car died just before Taupo. Refused to budge as the charger could not keep up with the drain on the batteries. If you've got a long journey with a big trailer and lots of hills are involved then don't risk it.


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 Post subject: Re: Tow rating of New Zealand Vehicles
PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 12:54 am 
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I know it is said that you should use Charge on hills - otherwise you run out of battery too quickly. In this situation is there a conflict with telling the car to replace battery losses at the expense of providing motive power? Perhaps you should be aiming to use both to drive the wheels on short steep inclines and let the battery run down :?:


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 Post subject: Re: Tow rating of New Zealand Vehicles
PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 1:10 am 
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There's no way to force it to do anything though. I even had it in 4WD lock mode, Normal mode, all full power. In fairness to Mitsubishi NZ they warned me it would be a problem.


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 Post subject: Re: Tow rating of New Zealand Vehicles
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They must have different cars or mountains down there. I hear no complaints from Switzerland.

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 Post subject: Re: Tow rating of New Zealand Vehicles
PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 1:39 am 
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I'm not sure there were actually any complaints in NZ either. It's just after all the testing they decided to limit it to 750kg.


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