Five 80-person Capacity Elevators at Umeda Hankyu Building Office Tower

Largest capacity passenger elevators in Japan to allow 400 people at a time to directly access office area
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today it has installed five large-capacity elevators at Umeda Hankyu Building’s new office area which opened on May 6, 2010 in Osaka, Japan. The largest capacity passenger elevators to date in Japan can each carry up to 80 passengers, or 5,250 kilograms in load. The interior of each car is 3.4m wide, 2.8m long and 2.6m high, with a floor space of 9.52 square meters. The cars are equipped with glass windows allowing passengers to view outside. The five elevators are operated as shuttle elevators carrying a large number of passengers nonstop from the Entrance Lobby on the first floor to the Sky Lobby on the 15th floor. Umeda Hankyu Building has a double layer structure, with Hankyu Department Store Umeda Main Store occupying the lower levels from floors B2 through 13, and offices located on the higher levels from floors 15 through 41. The elevators provide Umeda Hankyu office employees and visitors direct access to the office area. On the 15th floor, passengers are able to select from three different elevator banks according to their destination. The A bank serves floors 17 through 25, the B bank serves floors 26 through 33 and the C bank serves floors 34 through 41. There are six new elevators for each bank, also supplied by Mitsubishi Electric.

80-person capacity elevator car

Entrance Lobby (first floor)

Mitsubishi Electric has also installed two other elevators for the new office area, bringing the total number of elevators installed by the company at the building to 25.

Peugeot and Citroen could produce a small model in collaboration with Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi plans to introduce a new model, called “global small car” in 2011, with price close to €9500. The Japanese producer’s decision is part of a large program to develop green vehicles, this having the chance to be developed in collaboration with PSA.

Japanese newspaper Asahi says that Mitsubishi plans to deliver the new model of small class to PSA. This was confirmed by partially by Mitsubishi spokesman, Tetsuji Inoue, who said that Peugeot would be one of the brands of which range the new model of small class will appear.

This wouldn’t be the first collaboration of this kind between Mitsubishi and PSA, the range of SUVs Outlander, C-Crosser and 4007 being made after an identical pattern. This time, however, Mitsubishi management says the new partnership may also include links of capital level.

I-Miev for U.S. – Gasoline-Powered by Mitsubishi

The i-Miev mini-electric car will have to compete against the gasoline-powered Smart car as the Smart Electric Drive isn’t sold in the U.S. To this extent, Mitsubishi is considering adding a version of the car with a gasoline engine.In the U.S. a 1.0-liter normally-aspirated three-cylinder engine – with a similar size engine found in the Smart car – will power the new car.

The executive vice president of operations at Mitsubishi Motors North America, John Koenig, says that a high sales volume per month would make Mitsubishi re-engineer the car for U.S. customers’ demands.If the gasoline-version of the car is approved, it would arrive shortly after the electric car, that is in about 18 months.


Source: Automotive News