Among Japanese automakers in the United States, Mitsubishi is largely relegated to "also ran status" alongside the likes of Subaru and Suzuki, and behind heavy-hitting rivals like Toyota, Honda and Nissan. The Diamond Star automaker will soon have a lineup consisting of only three model lines. But that wasn't always the case, and may not be again if the latest reports come to fruition.

Although both the Eclipse and Galant are both being discontinued, sources aren't ruling out their potential return. With nearly one million units sold since its introduction way back in 1989, Mitsubishi claims the Eclipse to be the most successful Japanese sportscar in the U.S. market. And though that segment may have peaked, with rivals (like Subaru and Toyota) planning new entries, Mitsubishi could potentially re-enter the two-door market in the near future if the business case can be made.

The Galant – while a more practical, staple model – may prove a harder sell, as midsize sedans remain popular for the most part only in North America. Until then – with the Eclipse, Galant and Endeavor on their way out – Mitsubishi dealers will have to get by on the Lancer and Outlander (and incoming i-MiEV) alone.


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      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 3 Years Ago
      1st and 2nd gen were worthy but then the model line quickly fell downhill
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @snap_understeer_ftw
        Because they made it into too much of a chick car. The Celica went down the same path, then it died. Solara same thing.
      Cynthia
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would prefer they bring back the Starion. Had one for almost 10 years and loved that car and what it could do.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I STILL say they should move the Eclipse to the Lancer platform. They could still offer the lowly models based on the base Lancer, a GS-T revival based on the Lancer Ralliart, and of course offer an Evo based Eclipse with a 2 door skin and the Eclipse GSX (everyone's favorite, or at least it should have been, haha!) would be reborn with little to no development cost for Mitsubishi. Not to mention, moving the car to that platform would put it on a MUCH needed diet.
        tinted up
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        Agreed. Hi-Po motor, AWD... What the eclipse used to be :(((
      Erik Berge
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think they should continue making the eclipse. However they need to take it back to its hey day in the mide to late 90's with the AWD turbo models makeing a return. Perhaps a lancer drivetrain? With a new agressive design? I think would sell once again.
      John Ward
      • 3 Years Ago
      For the love of god Mitsu just make it somewhat reminiscent of the DSM years and it will sell.
      Imaginary lines
      • 3 Years Ago
      Make it a cool looking 2 door with the power/drivetrain of the EVO.....should sell well
      ebneila
      • 3 Years Ago
      I own a Mitsubishi 3000GT, VR-4, twin-turbo. Even though its a 1997 model, its in great conditon. If Mits wants to remain in contension, it should revive the VR-4. Almost everytime I drive mine, I get complements and offers to buy it. Mits needs to bring back the model with a beefier engine and upgraded turbos to compete with the Corvette ZO-6 and Mustang GT-500. I could also envision a 600 HP Eclipse
        John Ward
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ebneila
        The 3000gt vr-4 was a nice car also pretty much a mitsu version of a supra? The gallant vr4 is now the ultimate sleeper. Looks like my grandmas car but runs.
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they can only bring back the Eclipse with the Evo motor.
        flammablewater
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KAG
        And drive train. Basically a 2 door evo coupe. MMMMMMM
        ebneila
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KAG
        The Evo had four cylinder plant w/turbos but a four has to work too hard to compete with the big boys. Putr in an eight w/twins.
      Terry Hernandez
      • 3 Years Ago
      I will go buy a new eclipse to hep keep the car alive! I love my 03 and only reason not a fan of new models is because I feel I would have tto add a body kit to make feel like it's OK for a man to drive lol. I personally want an evo. An eclipse evo would be amazing.
      yankeefan0012
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 3000GT should be their first fallback if they wish to resurrect their sports car lineup. I own a 1992 model and even with only 200hp it is a blast to drive. It was way ahead of its time by at least 7 years by the 1999 model which looks great even by todays sports car standards. With a modern day V6 and a V8 TT powering the two models with little done to the front sides and interior and a redesigned rear, as long as they could keep the price reasonable, they would have great success versus other mid priced sports cars that are much bulkier with higher profiles.
        Noble-CZ4A
        • 3 Years Ago
        @yankeefan0012
        I used to own a 1995 3000GT (sold it and upgraded to an Evo X MR). A gorgeous car that was fun to drive, just too expensive to maintain and too little performance for the cost of upgrades. I agree that the '99 body style laid over a more modern chassis would be a phenomenal competitor for the Scion FT-86 and the 350z, as long as it was either AWD or RWD. There are virtually no afforable, aggressively styled AWD coupes (cheapest is probably the Audi TT).
          LazyS7
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Noble-CZ4A
          I drive a 95 3000GT and has the get up and go. I rented the new Camaro and hateded it! I'll stick with my car, thanks =]
      2WX
      • 3 Years Ago
      bring back the 3000 gt i used to own one, but make it easier to work on a a better timing belt and tensioner
      hubbard0
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mitusibishi is only the "Diamond" in Diamond Star Motors. Chrysler is the other role. A small inaccuracy in your article.
        Tourian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hubbard0
        Thank you. That was the only thing I really noticed in this non-news, clunky article that has no meat in it at all. Mitsubishi is the diamond, Chrysler was the pentaSTAR in DSM.
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