• Feb 3, 2009
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Mitsubishi has put production of the Lancer Evolution X on hold, saying there's enough inventory to make it through the end of the year when the 2010 model is released. Mitsubishi spokesperson Christine Jew told KickingTires that no changes were planned for the 2009 model, but the 2010 variant would benefit from a few minor revisions. Inventory tracking through Cars.com confirms that there are plenty of Evos available (887 2008 models, to be specific), but that doesn't mean the new Evo X is a flop; sales of Mitsu's rally rocket were up over 50% in 2008.

UPDATE: We spoke with Christine from Mitsubishi about Evo production, and it's hardly a "halt." The 2009 Evo will continue to be produced for Canada and Puerto Rico, so Mitsubishi is only skipping the U.S. market for the 2009 model year. As some of you pointed out, this is primarily due to the late launch the Evo received last year. The 2010 model will go on sale this summer and will feature some "minor," undisclosed tweaks.


[Source: KickingTires]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd say there's more then enough on hand at the rate they keep shooting themselves in the foot. I attempted to test drive one, showing up in an R32, no go. I tried with a 335i, no go. Nop, they wanted a deposit prior to driving. I don't get that kind of treatment from BMW, Audi, VW, anyone. This comes as no surprise
        • 5 Years Ago
        When I bought my Evo IX MR. Out of the 3 dealers I visited, 2 let me test drive a lower end GSR model. One of the reasons they said was that the cars end up taking a little abuse or you'll have morons who think since they are epic with the car in Gran Turismo, they should be epic behind the wheel of the real thing.
        When the Evo first came out in 03 here in the states, there were several stories of people crashing the cars/ launching the cars, etc during test drives. People coming is just for joy rides with absolutely no intention to buy whatsoever.
        I understand that it limits real buyers like us from our decision but it's a catch-22 situation for the dealerships.
        Anyway, I was fortunate to get a minor test drive, ironically I ended up buying my car from the dealer that didn't allow any test drives.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Same dealer?
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, both in so-cal, from what i've been hearing my results are typical around here. Mitsu dealers are giving them GT-R like protection which is counterproductive when it's just about the only car bringing customers in.
        • 5 Years Ago
        We at luxury dealerships have the same problems with joy riders. But I can imagine it being a bigger problem with some of these cars as almost anyone can get financing for a car in this price range. Good salesmen can tell if you're in it for the ride or you actually plan on purchasing the car. Shouldn't hold not giving a test drive against them, but demanding a deposit? That's nuts.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd pick the STi anytime/anyday over this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's rather unfortunate. The dealer I went to treated me really well. I was in waiting line for an MR. He called me the morning it showed up and it was still going through pre-delivery inspection.

      Let me test drive it all over the place, and then we sat down to talk numbers. He even told me to get into the GSR to test it out but I declined. Their service department is really good too.
      Bobsprit
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've driven the the MR & GSR. Most of the folks who make comments haven't driven a GSR that's been upgraded to proper levels. Not only does it handle better than earlier versions, but it's also more stable at high speed. The Evo finally feels like more than a econbox with a great engine and suspension. And as the tuners are proving, it's got amazing potential for just a few grand additional investment. To put it in perspective, the Evo X in STOCK form handles about as well as a new M3 and better in some respects. As far as looks go, the press and most unbiased Evo lovers have given the car a thumbs up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My buddy got 54awhp just from a flash on his Evo X MR. Coupled with SST tranny it's one of the quickest cars i've ever driven.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd buy one in an instant if I weren't so darn poor :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      The car is absolutely Amazing, but due to the high price tag it has certainly taken it out of its target market. I agree with a previous poster that it really is the only car that would bring people onto Mitsubish car lots. I feel that manufactuers like Mitsubishi did the same thing that Sony did with the Playstation3, great technology, great package but in todays economy and the demographic it appeals to it is no longer an attainable option.

      At one time you could get an Evo for 27 grand which was a stretch then also, but 29 to 31 is insane, Where do they expect people to get that kind of money from? People in that price bracket dont want a rally rocket they want soft leather and decent grunt! I should be the CEO of Mitsubishi! I would give the ralliart lancer a 6speed tranny lower the price of the GSR by 2 grand and bring back the Colt and I would scrap the eclipse and develope a new Galant to compete with the Mazda6!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Considering the hype and that they actually live up to the hype, I'm surprised at how few of these I see on the road.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They typically sell 3500-5000 Evos a year. This is the first year of this new bodystyle. Unless you live right next door to a Mitsu dear, chances are you won't see one every day, or once a week. I've never understood why people think Civic, Camry or Accord level proliferation can happen over night, or in this case the several months since this car has been on sale.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ PAul C

        I see. Want a little bit of 'Camry' flavor with your rally rocket?

        The STi has a much worse interior. Maybe this is what you called 'uncivilized'?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Funny, I own an Evo X MR, and there's a blue Evo X GSR one block over from my apartment. Two blocks over is a ho-hum black Lancer X. Admittedly, this is probably a fluke, but they're definitely out there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting... they had been selling over 300+ a month for at least the first 6 months the car was out. I didn't keep track after that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Old post, I know.

      But when I went to drive the Evo X MR, I went with my dad... in his new M3. I got to test drive it. Not only that, the guy opened up the showroom and drove it out to let me drive it.

      (I was really impressed with the car, by the way.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this is a good move by Mitsu. Why release a 2009 and then have to throw special offers on it to sell it down? It will kill the residual value of the cars. Times are really bad right now for everyone. Opening the flood gates a second time with 2009 models would be bad. This only helps people that bought 2008 models. Especially if there would have been no changes anyways. Now their cars are worth more and there is some prestige / limited availability to it. I'm sure we'll see more brands doing this. Looks like Mitsu is smart enough to see this early. 2009 will be a VERY bad year for car sales.

      For the person in So Cal - check out socalevo.net for info. I'm sure there's a dealer on there that would be willing to give you a drive - or even a member.
      Bobsprit
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new STI cannot handle like an EVO. It's not even close. Don't beleive me? Read ANY of the tests between them. They all swoon over the Evo's handling which is in supercar teritory without mods.
      The older STI is another matter. That car handles great, but honestly...it's still behind the Evo which is more precise and with better feedback.
      Once you tune the Evo it can run with almost anything. A thousand dollars worth of tune will add 40-70 HP and it's essentially a poor man's Nissan GT-R.


      R.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Bobsprit
        I own an MR, and two months back I got stuck renting a Saturn Aura for a couple days. I swear, I almost crashed that car like five times on the way out because I was so used to the Evo's handling. Night and day. It takes me about 3 hours of driving to adjust to another car, and then when I'm back into the Evo, it's another 3 hours to readjust. It's really that different.
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