A group of owners of Mitsubishi Montero Sport SUVs recently held their Drive of Confidence in support of their vehicles and to disprove claims of Sudden Unintended Acceleration (SUA). The convoy, composed of approximately 50 cars, mostly of Montero Sport SUVs, with a few other Mitsubishi models, assembled at 6:00 AM along Mother Ignacia Ave., in Quezon City to begin their drive. Some participants have come as far as Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, and even Ilocos. Each participating vehicle was given a number and slogan stickers like “Sudden? What?”, “SUA? Tulog ka ba?”, and “I love this car.”
By 8:00 AM, the group began to roll, driving around the ABS-CBN complex three times before heading out to EDSA, round the back of the DTI office in Makati, before heading to Petron in SLEX to meet with more members. From there, the group proceeded to the Mitsubishi PH head office and plant in Santa Rosa, Laguna. They were warmly welcomed by officials of MMPC who expressed gratitude for their support.
“We're ecstatic that owners are showing their support,” said Froilan Dytianquin, VP for Marketing Services. “They are cascading information to the general public on the truth of this issue. We're confident that we will be vindicated once the findings of the independent testing are revealed. Hopefully, with this support, we will be able to bring back the public's confidence in the Montero Sport.”
Mitsubishi president, Yoshiaki Kato, was also present to welcome the owners. “I am sorry about the frustration this experience is bringing to your ownership experience. We are working with DTI and once the outcome is available, it will prove that the Montero Sport has no defect.”
“We experience discrimination on the road,” said Gel Angeles, Montero Sport owner and organizer of the drive. “Other vehicles on the road avoid us and it's even affecting the resale value of our cars. We've tested on our own to see if SUA is possible in our cars and found that it's not possible with proper operation. Owners are victims of this. I couldn't keep quiet anymore and decided to hold this event. I just asked Mitsubishi to open the gate to the HQ for us and we'll do the rest.”
Mitsubishi for their part, gave a quick briefing on the SUA issue, from the very first instance in 2011, how Mitsubishi had responded to each case, their findings, and some tips to properly operate a Montero Sport with an automatic transmission. Participants were handed out information flyers as well as special #MyMontyandProud stickers to place on their vehicle and show their support.
Mitsubishi also announced its new website dedicated to the issue, . Here, visitors can find points on probable causes, tips on how to avoid this issue, and how to operate an automatic transmission. Proud Montero Sport owners can also upload videos and testimonials of their experience with their vehicle.