The president of Mitsubishi, Rolf Eckrodt, nearly fell off his chair. The sales team had called to tell him it had more than 5,000 orders for the Grandis - only two days after the MPV's launch in Japan.
Like the raised driving position of an SUV but don't want to lumber around corners? Crave the versatility and car-like driving characteristics of an estate, but still want to be able to traverse track and field?
Buyers don't like off-roaders too soft. Apparently, the market for full-size SUVs is reliant on rufty-tufty looks that intimidate other motorists and, according to Mitsubishi, the previous-generation Shogun was nothing but a big softie.