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We first heard back in January that Mitsubishi was planning to kill off the Eclipse, Endeavor and Galant by 2013. Now, however, AutoWeek is reporting that the euthanization timeline is a lot closer to summer, with only the Galant receiving a reprieve.

Mitsubishi North America CEO Yoichi Yokozawa has reportedly confirmed that the automaker will stop production on the Eclipse and Endeavor in August, but added that a determination on the Galant won't happen until later. The vehicles are currently being built in Mitsubishi's Illinois assembly plant, but the automaker is looking to make room for the Outlander Sport. Mitsubishi plans to make 50,000 copies per year of the crossover utility vehicle, with half the vehicles tabbed for export.

If you're looking to get your hands on one of the last Endeavor models, you'd better hurry, since Mitsubishi only has a 23-day supply of the outdated model. The Eclipse and Eclipse Spyder will probably take a while to peter out, though, as the automaker currently has a 180-day supply of the coupe and convertible. Either way, for tens of thousands of devotees, it's an ignominious end for a once-proud performance model.



  • 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor SE.
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[Source: AutoWeek]


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      Philip M'Rear
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Eclipse died when it went front-wheel drive only and they put a pig-heavy v6 in it. Past due to kill it off. Hairdressers everywhere will weep.
      helloac
      • 3 Years Ago
      What is a 180-day supply of vehicles for Mitsu? 10 units? :/
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mitsu should come out with a new Eclipse that is basically a lower, shorter, lighter, 2 door Evo. It could even be a 2 seater with 911-type mini seats in the back for packages.
      Mike McD
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Eclipse has been dead to me since they killed the GSX.
      usa1
      • 3 Years Ago
      If Mitsubishi left the US market, do you think anyone would notice? Nice to see they are blindly following the design trend of oversized grill styling. It's so over done and unfortunately, everyone is doing it.
      PSV
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honestly, the Galant should go ASAP as well.
      kcfenderfan
      • 3 Years Ago
      The mother of a girl I dated in high school bought one of the very first Eclipse GS Turbos(not GSX, unfortunately) when they came out. I was in absolute awe of how fast that car was for the time (I was a senior in high school) and was thrilled she let me drive it. My best friend's mom bought a Galant VR4, which as most of you probably know was essentially a 4-door Eclipse GSX. The later Eclipses, to my eyes, turned more into cars in the mold of the "Personal Luxury Coupe" of the early 70s that had grown out of the genuine musclecars of the mid-late 60s. They still had some of the visual promise, but lost a lot of their genuine sporting intentions. Like several others have said, they should have made the Eclipse a 2-door Evo. That would have resulted in a car much closer in size to the original since the Galant has gotten so large. And I can't believe they're going to let that car soldier on a whole lot longer, either. If we're lucky, maybe they will be able to bring back a more pure Eclipse in the near future if Normal switches to building everything off of the Lancer platform.
      Blue
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they'd used the Evo drivetrain for the Eclipse, nobody would have bought Evos anymore.
      brgtlm
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should just sell the Galant only to fleet buyers so all of us can suffer in such a bad car. I'd put the Galant at bottom of the midsize market. Sad end to the Eclipse line. It had such a great start and such a disappointing end.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brgtlm
        I think I remember reading that a majority of Galant sales go to fleets, it was over 60% IIRC. It is without a doubt at the bottom of the midsize pack.
        You guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brgtlm
        It wasn't that great. One of my HS buddies had a 95 Talon TSi AWD (same as Eclipse GSX) and he went through three trannies and two motors in about a year. They were under-engineered, poorly built, pieces of crap. He literally ran it into a brick wall to get rid of it.
          MachDelta
          • 3 Years Ago
          @You guy
          Everyone has a story about how crappy and unreliable DSMs are, and behind nearly every one of them you find a car that has spent most of its life being abused and thrashed by ignorant boy-racers. Point in case: Who drives a car into a wall? Sell it for scrap - someone is ALWAYS looking for DSM parts.
      Jorge Duran
      • 3 Years Ago
      Judging from all of the Eclipses that I see around Central Florida, I would've thought that the Eclipse was doing fine. If anything I would've killed off the Galant first and the Eclipse second.
        Daniel Manton-Leigh
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jorge Duran
        Actually the Avenger was a rehashed Mitsubishi 3000GT (or GTO in some parts of the world). There's very little to distinguish them.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Daniel Manton-Leigh
          False. The Stealth was the 3000GT/GTO. The Avenger was essentially a rebodied 2nd Gen Eclipse.
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Eclipse should have been the coupe version of the Lancer. Right now it has more in common with a Solara than any past Eclipse.
      • 3 Years Ago
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