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Vehicle Electronic Control System II) - Starting and driving - Mitsubishi Carisma Owner's Manual - Mitsubishi Carisma

Two drive modes, “AUTO” and “HOLD”, can be selected.

Two drive modes, “AUTO” and “HOLD”, can be selected.

Each time you press the switch, the “AUTO” and “HOLD” modes will switch alternately. When the “HOLD” mode is selected, the “HOLD” indicator illuminates on the instrument panel.

AUTO

Select this position for normal driving.

In this position, your vehicle runs with economical fuel consumption when the accelerator pedal is depressed moderately, and runs powerfully when the pedal is depressed heavily.

HOLD

HOLD

Select the “HOLD” mode when starting your vehicle on a slippery road surface for example snow, and the vehicle will start smoothly.

If you start your vehicle with the selector lever in other than the “L” position, the vehicle starts in 2nd gear.

When the vehicle speed reaches between 20 to 50 km/h, the gear is fixed in the highest gear of the selected lever position.

(For example, if you select “D” position, the vehicle starts in 2nd gear. As the vehicle speed increases, the gear is shifted up and when the vehicle speed exceeds approximately 50 km/h, the gear enters the 4th and held in the 4th.) Therefore, you can drive like driving the vehicle with manual transmission by fully using the selector lever positions. In the “HOLD” mode, depressing the accelerator pedal fully also causes the kick-down operation.

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