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  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 7,237
    hospital parking lot in town. It looked pretty sharp, in the Rally Red color. The wheels covers were a bit drab but if I bought a Galant I'd spring for nice wheels, real wheels, not hub caps. The re-design was out in '08 IIRC so it could've been an '08 Galant bought at a clearance price, as I saw it in October sometime.

    Good to see the better Galant numbers as well as all the others. My '08 Lancer is a great small car, handles like a dream. I looked up tires for the car and I am thinking strongly of buying Kumho Ecsta's for it early in '09 sometime. The per tire price on those Ecsta's? $149. :surprise:

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 10,716
    "...October sales were down 19%..."

    Well how about that! Mitsu is doing better than Honda (down about 24%).

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  • "Mitsu is doing better than Honda..."
    oldfarmer, you're funny :)

    Hey iluvmy...
    Those Kumo Ecstas are pretty good tires for the price. I've got a set on my Laser (Eclipse) and I'm very happy with them.
  • Mitsubishi CEO: Stop Galant production in U.S., start export production

    Mitsubishi’s CEO, Osamu Masuko, said yesterday that he wants the Japanese automaker to end production of the Galant in Normal, Illinois, and replace that plant’s capacity with vehicles that “can be sold on the global market,” most likely Lancers and Outlanders - two of Mitsubishi’s better sellers and two vehicles that can be exported outside of the U.S.

    The Galant’s redesign has been pushed back and back and, as Leftlane recently suggested, Mitsubishi is considering dropping the nameplate entirely and backing out of the ultra-competitive midsize sedan market.

    Mitsubishi and the UAW are committed to the Normal facility for at least another four years. The two signed a labor deal to keep the plant running in October.

    Masuko told Automotive News that nothing is certain just yet, but that the automaker is strongly considering bringing Lancer and Outlander production to the U.S., which might spell the end for Eclipse and Endeavor production.

    Currently, the Normal plant isn’t even producing 100,000 vehicles - the break-even point for the facility. Mitsubishi says the plant could produce up to 240,000 vehicles annually in its current configuration, which leaves a lot of room open for export vehicles.

    Masuko also told the journal that he wishes the Triton pickup, which is sold in over 100 countries, was sold in the U.S. The Triton is a modern compact pickup that, in a previous iteration, was sold as the Mighty Max in North America. The automaker declined to give reasons why the Triton won’t be sold in the North American market, but the most obvious speculation suggests that it would not meet federal requirements.
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  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    The automaker declined to give reasons why the Triton won’t be sold in the North American market, but the most obvious speculation suggests that it would not meet federal requirements.

    As far as I know, there's still a 25% chicken tax on imported pickup trucks. That removes a lot of incentive (and would explain why the US isn't overrun with Thai built pickups).
  • 25% tax! Ouch! Got it. No wonder Honda, Toyota, and Nissan build their trucks in NA.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 10,716
    "...which might spell the end for Eclipse..."

    So I have a collectable on my hands. :)

    Seriously, even if they do away with production of the Project America platform at Normal, they can put the Eclipse name on the rumored Lancer coupe. They probably should have done that from the start.

    The size of my Eclipse suits me really well but that platform was never suited to be a "sports" car as I understand it. Nobody cross-shops 350-Zs or B-2000s with the Eclipse.

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  • Oldfarmer, I think you're right. I think the next Eclipse will be on the Lancer platform. Hopefully, they'll make a GT version for old guys like us and maybe a Ralliart version for the hard core enthusiast out there.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 10,716
    Down 36% from 2007. Bummer.

    They only sold 5096 units. Still, Mitsu is in better shape than the big 3. How can Mitsubishi almost break even selling 100K units a year and the big boys are going broke selling millions?

    I hope things improve soon.

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  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 7,237
    I think Mitsubishi is helped by the fact that they're such a huge company overall. They must have great financial planners. For instance, it was smart of them not to show at the Detroit Motor Show this year. Why throw any money into a pit like that?

    But what I'm talking about transcends Detroit. Not only does Mitsubishi have some great new product to offer worldwide, like the new racing Rally Lancer(for us it's just for show but for Mitsu it is a slate to test on...these guys look at racing results and grill their drivers, check the car for damage and see what they could have done different, etc., etc.), Lancer Sportback, and the great L200 pickup truck(not new, just continuously improved, Mitsu's specialty of carbuilding prowess). Here's a small pic of the L200.


    There's the new Colt for Europe.


    And there's the fantastic new Lancer(I thank you personally for that Mitsu...I am loving my '08 Lancer GTS more each month I own the is a solid design and together with the '65 Ford Mustang possesses the best bodystyle on a car ever. Period)and Lancer Evolution. I even like the new '09 Mitsubishi Eclipse, the yellow one with the big gaping maw in front. It's the way the canary yellow paint job bounces off the black maw in front, and vice versa.

    But even though we don't get all the automotive news we can get our hands and paws on, we can surmise that Mitsu benefits from a lot of sound fiscal experience in their adminstrative offices. Remember, these guys are giants in the ocean-going shipping lanes. Really. Sound lessons learned financially throughout decades of applied science in the field Mitsubishi is endeavouring to succeed in.

    Look at websites like if you like.

    Read up like I do daily on Mitsubishi's racing successes. I love my '08 Lancer GTS so much that I'm thinking about getting a Mitsubishi i-MIEV for our next won't be for years, though.

    An all-electric car will eventually be in my garage at home, and it will be between the Mitsubishi i-MIEV and the 2010 Pininfarina-Bollore B0(pronounced B-Zero). The B0 has a range of 153 miles and takes only 5 hours to charge up. Actually Pininfarina-Bollore have the smartest and most efficient new all-electric car design out there. This car has not just been cooked up on a budget and tossed up in to the air like a fresh pizza, caught again and thrown in to an oven for easy-bake sheen. This car has been painstakingly designed to perform for the masses. It is the modern-day equivalent of the Ford Model T. It will be an affordable all-eletric car for the masses. Are you reading Barack Obama? Read up on the car here:


    So that is going to be fun to continue to research the is going to be hard to avoid eventually getting one of those cars. 153 mile range? Blows all the others away. And read about it's mechanicals...these guys have worked for 15 years on that lithium-polymer battery that is safely encased in steel.

    It might depend on the availability of an Obama $7,500 rebate and pricing and how well Mitsubishi or Pininfarina-Bolllore back up their respective cars with solid Warranties. Perennial favorite Kia Motors and their Long-Haul Warranty and Mitsubishi with their own 10 year and 100,000 mile Warranty are leaders in that field. Kia just keeps getting to be a better carmaker with each passing year. Those guys are incredible. I saw it in my '99 Kia Sephia sedan...loved that car.

    Before this turns in to a novel, I will just say this. I have wanted to get a rig that will get me off of foreign oil dependence. I now have two solid choices and by bouncing off the fact that my 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer is built so well and so solid looks so hot and was so affordable, I'd be a driveling dolt not to check out their 2010 Mitsubishi i-MIEV. Good day y'all and drive carefully and like a Grandpa, or Grandma. Well, maybe not like a Grandma. :D

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  • Well stated iluvmy... You certainly did your research on that one.

    Oldfarmer - I think that Mitsu, like most import brands, builds products according to demand. Low demand = low production numbers. Not overproducing something and then offering "employee discounts" and "red tag events" to move the cars off the lots at a loss.
  • Happy 2009 everyone!

    This year's Dakar Rally kicks off tomorrow (Jan 3) in South America. It is no longer being held on the continent of Africa due to security concerns. Mitsu has done quite well in this grueling race and has more wins than any other manufacturer. Not sure what stations will be airing any of it though. You can spend hours on the Mitsu Dakar website because it's packed with info and links to other Mitsu websites. Again, I still don't understand why Mitsu doesn't do better job of trumpeting their success in the Dakar series.
    And yes, I know this post makes me sound like a Mitsu fanboy. I am what I am. Besides, I've got to enjoy Mitsu while they still have a presence in the US.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 10,716
    "...while they still have a presence in the US..."

    Mike, do you have the sales figures for December yet? How about total 2008 sales? I'd like to see if Mitsu held up percentage wise as well as the others.

    The auto business is a disaster. Down 35% over-all for 2008.

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  • Naw. Mitsu hasn't posted anything on their media">
    Looks like Monday will be the day that the auto makers will post the results. Even mighty Toyota and Honda are warning about bad numbers.

    According to, Subaru seems to be happy though...
    CHERRY HILL, N.J., January 2, 2009: Subaru of America, Inc. today announced that it is anticipating a year-over-year sales increase for 2008 U.S. sales.

    Through November 2008, Subaru was the only volume automotive brand with positive Y-T-D sales.

    Actual results are subject to final accounting and will be announced on Monday, January 5, 2009.

    subie happy
  • January 5, 2009 -- CYPRESS, Calif. --
    Mitsubishi Motors today announced December 2008 sales of 4,570.

    Highlights include:

    Galant was the volume leader in December, at 1,214, up 20 percent for the month compared to December 2007. Galant sales finished the year up 1.7 percent compared to calendar year 2007.

    Eclipse Spyder convertible sales were up 31 percent in December, compared to the same month a year ago.

    Lancer Evolution sales finished 2008 with a 50.9% increase for the year.
    Overall Mitsubishi December sales were down 22.6 percent compared to December 2007.

    Mitsu Media Website
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 7,237
    take a look.


    A lot of you have probably seen it before, it's just that Mitsu announced now when it's coming to the U.S. It's coming here in the summer of '09 as a '10 model. No pricing announced yet, apparently the car is new from the C-pillar back and similar to the new world order Lancer in the front. Yes, it's got the "fighter-jet inspired" front end, much like my '08 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS front end.

    And I must say that Mitsu's new Lancer models, including the new Sportback here, look great in silver. Silver was my #3 choice for my Lancer GTS, after red and blue. The more I see it my fave '08+ Lancer color list must now read as follows:

    1) Rally Red
    2) Silver
    3) Blue

    And keep up the good work, Mitsubishi! ;)

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  • I just saw a slew of pictures of this new Sportback at another sight. Of course the Mitsu haters were out in full force, damning the looks mostly.

    Naturally a new vehicles appearance is a subjective thing to most car buffs but I viewed practically the entire gallery of photos until I drooled on my keyboard. A Mitsubishi Sportback in GTS trim with a 5 speed manual will be my next car !!!

    However, as we just purchased a 2008 Outlander SE in July it may be a while before my "next car !!!" gets parked in the garage but I love this thing. I think the Euro styling cues in the rear look great.

    I can't wait to see it in person...and take a test drive.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 7,237
    I think Mitsu designers hit it spot on with this Lancer Sportback. I, too, will be a long while because I have a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS that I love and it only has 31,937 miles on it. I love the car and don't see why I would buy anything but a Mitsubishi next time, but next time will be a bit of a while.

    I love the Mitsubishi Outlander, too, you're fortunate to have one!

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 10,716
    " only has 31,937 miles on it..."

    Wow 32K miles in a little over a year? You must REALLY like driving it.

    I've had the Eclipse for almost exactly a year and it only has 9,200 miles on it. It has sat in the garage for over a month as I refuse to let it rot on our salt covered highways.

    Does anyone have a link to the web site that has more pics of that sportback? It looks nice from the back but I'd like to see the whole package. Also are any specs available?

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  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 7,237
    I haven't seen an entire article written yet on the new Lancer Sportback, at least one with a collection of photos from every angle. I would think that an article like that ought to be out soon.

    As to my '08 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS' mileage, it is an '08 but I purchased it on March 21, 2007. So we're almost up to two years of ownership here. It's our only vehicle, and Arizona is a trip-friendly kind of state, very little crappy weather to contend with. So we go on long trips with it and go to Tucson (80 miles west of us) every few weeks to play, so the miles add up on the car.

    They are happy miles, though. :D

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  • Yeah. I like that Sportback very much as well. Here's a link to the UK Mitsu Site which contains pics/specs of the Sportback. Shouldn't be much different from what we'll get over here. Looks like the Sportback is replacing the void left when the Outlander got upsized. Now that the Outlander is bigger, I bet that the Endeavour is history by next year.

    Or just copy and paste this
  • I know. I know. I'm the only one who cares but...

    February 4, 2009

    Mitsubishi withdraws from rally racing
    T0kyo, Japan - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has announced its decision to withdraw from cross-country rally racing, starting with the Dakar Rally.

    The company said its decision was based on the sudden deterioration of the global economy, which forced it to focus its resources more tightly.

    In its 26 entries in the Dakar Rally, Mitsubishi won a total of 12 times, including seven consecutive victories. The automaker said that, in addition to the unparalleled record, it gained four-wheel drive technology that was transferred to its production vehicles. htm
  • Mitsubishi Motors Reports January Sales

    February 3, 2009 -- CYPRESS, Calif. --
    Mitsubishi Motors today announced January 2009 sales of 4,730.

    This is an improvement of 3.5% from last month's sales of 4,570 (December 2008) and a decrease of 34.5 percent compared to January 2008 sales of 7,226.

    Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, finance, sales, marketing, research and development operations for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells coupes, convertibles, sedans, sport utility vehicles, and light trucks through a network of more than 430 dealers. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit
  • toomanyfumestoomanyfumes S.E. Wisconsin Posts: 1,007
    Yeah that sucks about the withdraw from rally racing. That was one thing I associated Mitsu with.
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  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 7,237
    I associate Mitsubishi with, the Dakar. I associate them with the fantastic new world order Lancer's and Outlander's. And now, the Lancer Sportback.

    I have my eye on the long-awaited release of the all-electric drive Mitsubishi i-MiEV, too.

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  • "Does anyone have a link to the web site that has more pics of that sportback"...

    The US branch of Mitsu has exterior pics (5 pages total, some pics are redundant) posted here. Haven't found any official US specs yet.
  • Mitsubishi launches first in-car Blu-ray player

    16 February 2009 21:17 by Andre "DVDBack23" Yoskowitz | 5 comments
    Mitsubishi launches first in-car Blu-ray player Mitsubishi has announced that it has developed the world's first in-car Blu-ray player.

    At 50 x 178 x 180mm, the company says the player is only 1/3 the volume of its home standalone BD player.

    The player will support BD-ROM, BD-R and BD-RE and the company plans to commercialize it at some point in 2009.

    Tech-On adds that "there are two main factors that contributed to the small size. First, Mitsubishi Electric increased the board density by 1.5 times. Second, the company reduced the thickness of mechanical parts while improving the anti-vibration performance of the equipment.

    Specifically, the level of disc runout was reduced to 1/5 that of the company's existing products. By reviewing the mechanical design with the use of a vibration analysis technology, the company made the improvements without adding a damper."
  • I saw the sportback today at Chicago Auto show
  • "I saw the sportback today at Chicago Auto show "...

    So, what do you think about it? Do you like the design? Looks good to me from the pics but sometimes real time viewing changes one's opinion.

    BTW, cool post about Mitsu being the first to launch in-car BluRay.
  • Yes, I like the design very much. Looks European. I would pick these body over the Lancer sedan.

    They also had the all-electric iMIEV on display and the Pajero rally version.
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