• Jan 20th 2011 at 4:02PM
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It turns out the rumors we heard about the languishing Mitsubishi lineup are true. According to Automotive News, Mitsubishi is planning to drop the axe on the entirety of its American-made portfolio of vehicles in order to begin building new global platforms here in the States. That means that the Eclipse, Endeavor and Galant will all be sent to pasture gradually between now and 2014. In their place, Mitsubishi is likely to begin building cars and crossovers off of the Lancer and Outlander bones at the company's Normal, Illinois manufacturing facility. At least some of those vehicles will be hybrid or battery powered.

Mitsubishi has made it clear that the company will offer eight hybrid and battery-powered vehicles by 2015 in a move to be better prepared for rising fuel prices. The company saw a sales increase of around three percent last year, and by 2013 or 2014, the automaker says that it plans to see that figure at 37 percent. That would mean Mitsubishi would need to move a total of 1.37 million vehicles by that date.

[Sources: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      The Eclipse is a good car and has been around for a long time! They need to bring back the youthfulness of this vehicle by offering turbo/awd variants. The Galant has been around for as long as the Eclipse and they need to revamp the Galant and I remember they used to have a VR-4 version of that car back in the 80s/90s and it became Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year. As for the Endeavor, it should be taken out because the Outlander lineup has the guts to fight with the other competitors in that class. As for a full-size car, I think that the Diamante should return with the Montero, which was a very good alternative to the typical 4runner/Pathfinder formula. I think that the 3000GT VR-4 should return because it would be one good alternative to the expensive GT-R, same formula, AWD, turbo-charged motor, and it was a rather sweet ride back when the 300zx twin turbo, Supra Turbo, RX-7 Turbo where in production.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The problem with Mitsubishi is that it is starting to forget how to engineer soul into its cars. The current Eclipse looks decent enough, but is way too big to be a sporty car. So i propose that they knock it down a weight size and get rid of the V6 engine. Build the car on the Lancer platform and add the Ralliart's turbo four banger. Then for the Galant, they need to build the car the next gen Lagacy should have been. They need to resist the urge to grow the car any bigger and add the turbo four bangers from the Ralliart and Evo (rebirth of the VR-4). Then lastly, Mitsu needs a halo car. It should be a new iteration of the 3000GT, complete with a twin turbo V6 mounted behind the seats. If the company does this, then the enthusiests will come back and Mitsubishi will be saved.
      • 4 Years Ago

      FIY the Triton/L200 has absolutely nothing to do with the Dakota or Raider at all. In fact they are totally different vehicles. The Raider is noting more than a rebadged Dakota plain and simple.
      The Triton/L200 is a smaller platform pickup truck based off of the Montero Sport. I know this for a fact because I owned a Trition in my ventures overseas which to this day i still miss. You can also say that the Mitsubishi Mighty Max was the basis of both vehicles.
      Mitsubishi also has a very torquey hefty 2.5L 4 cyl turbo diesel engine that puts out a much more punchier feel than your typical V6. Now if Mitsubishi can work on making it pass our ridiculous EPA laws then they would have beaten Mahindra to the punch of being the first diesel compact pickup truck in NA.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Everybody has already said it.

      Cancel the Eclipse, and replace it with a successor to the 95+ Eagle Talon (which looked better than the eclipse, then, too.)

      Choice of 274hp 4-cylinder, or DOHC 3.8 V6, with real-torque-bias AWD and manual or dsg gearbox. Keep the 3-door fastback profile, but make it much sleeker, and not a bloated fat-a$$.

      If Mitsu builds an AWD coupe, and Subaru only builds a RWD FT-86 coupe... it would pain me greatly to leave the ranks of boxer engines and longitudinal drivetrains... but I would probably buy the AWD 3-door coupe over the 2WD 2-door tiny coupe.

      Cancel the Galant, and replace it with a new mid-to-full size sedan. Don't take on the cousins over at Hyundai/Kia, of Sonata and Optima. Maybe offer an alternative to Azera or Avalon, instead.

      Endeavor... what is that? I thought that was a space shuttle. (just kidding... but it makes my point. Who even remembered it?)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I rented an Endeavor about a year or so ago on a trip (not on purpose) and I have to say it was the biggest piece of garbage I have ever driven. The plastic on the dash ranks right up there with that found in a pack of Chips Ahoy cookies. This is a mercy killing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A 37% increase? In what economic scnerio is that even remotely possible? The i-MiEV is going to be an absolute flop in this market and unless they introduce a new platform, they will be selling 1.37 million cars that are built on one of two platforms.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi... do you have any kind of real plan here?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Their going to run out of dealerships by then. The only one here in Tulsa closed not too long ago. Any other cities here left without a Mitsu dealer?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Given that Mitsubishi Motors is having trouble staying relevant in North America, it might as well give its product offerings such a dramatic shakeup. The company doesn't build bad cars, but it really seems to have lost a sense of urgency in countering Toyota and Honda. Look at what has happened with other 'alt brands': Mazda has turned to appealing to must-be-fun-to-drive buyers. Kia is feverishly working to shake its reputation as a 'bad credit brand'. And no more poaching of customers who might have once tried to buy Pontiacs, Saturns, and Mercurys.

      So if Mitsu really doesn't want to find itself dead (Isuzu,) or walking dead (Suzuki), they've got to do something significant long-term. This might be their last opportunity to do make a new mark going forward.

      One silver lining to this story for used car buyers: The Mitsubishi Galant has been one heck of a used car steal for years, and this announcement will likely affect resale value to keep it that way. Likewise for the Endeavor and the Eclipse, probably.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe they should launch a compact truck like the Titron.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. I honestly forgot that Mistubishi still existed as a car company in the US... Not on my radar, or anyone's radar apparently.
        • 4 Years Ago
        lancer, and the outlander are great products, i would't want them to go out of North America.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want 3000gt to return.
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