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#1 of 1473 Is Mitisubishi being reborned in the U.S. ???
Jan 19, 2007 (2:54 am)
Do any of you think over the last couple of years, and now what we've seen at the Detroit Autoshow, that Mitsubishi Motors has pulled off a small turn around and become a small profitable niche brand ?????
I personally believe that they are well on their way
#2 of 1473 Loren.....
Jan 19, 2007 (3:04 am)
Give me a grade on the current products that are being sold now and another grade based on near production model coming out with the Lacer/EVO.
We won't get to see the EVO Prototype in production yet for about a year
#3 of 1473 I don't know about a grade...
Jan 19, 2007 (2:38 pm)
but I sure do like the new 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer design. I wouldn't get an EVO anyway so that doesn't mean much to me.
I want more information on the new Lancer base model and what Mitsu will offer on it as standard equipment, like ABS, EBD, airbags coming out your ears, etc. Also what will the base 5-speed model cost. That's news this Arizonan can really use. The new Outlander looks good on the surface but I really don't have any performance grading information on either rig at this time. I can tell from these two new Mitsubishi products that they're working hard on producing good solid automotives right now.
#5 of 1473 Re: I don't know about a grade... [iluvmysephia1]
Jan 19, 2007 (2:45 pm)
iluv, I like the new Lancer also. I even like the base model but the EVO Prototype-X is my favorite. Perhaps this link will help you out pal.
Jan 19, 2007 (5:00 pm)
are you getting snow over there in Tejas? Here in the greater Tucson area we have snow levels lowering by the minute but no snow on our ground yet.
I agree that Mitsubishi is doing way better. And you'll notice that less and less Internet car freaks are calling for their U.S. dismissal? I know that what Mitsubishi would really like is more people springing for their own Mitsubishi and not just "pulling for them" to survive.
#7 of 1473 The Lancer...
Jan 19, 2007 (5:38 pm)
is important, to be sure. From the press and pics, I'd say it looks good on paper, but it really has to offer something class-leading to do any good for Mitsu. That class-leading trait could be value if not performance, but it has to be on top in something.
The Eclipse debacle is going take a lot of erasing. It's taken this long to get sales numbers back up to 2003 territory. The coupe that was supposed to float Mitsu's boat would be a serious albatross but for fleet sales.
I like Mitsu, but if they're going to stay serious in NA, they really have to get an edge in some mainstream category and hold it.
Jan 19, 2007 (11:28 pm)
looks like a winner to me!
Supposed to hit dealerships in March.
We(spouse and myself) are hoping to see one at the Columbus, OH autoshow in Mid-March( check it out throughly, w/o a sales rep breathing down our necks).
Definitely going to go test drive one this Spring!
take care/not offense.
#9 of 1473 Re: Is Mitisubishi being reborned in the U.S. ??? [rockylee]
Jan 20, 2007 (12:04 am)
Rocky, "reborned" is not a word. I have no idea how anybody could think it is a word, as it both looks and sounds ridiculous. The word you're looking for is "reborn"
And no, I don't see Mitsubishi becoming any more than a niche player in the US market. It's never really been as popular as Toyota and Honda, even during the glory days of the Eclipse and the Diamond Star Motors operation. Sales will increase, sure, with the more mainstream Lancer and Outlander and that will save them from total obscurity, but they won't be vying for sales spots with Toyota, Honda or even Nissan.
#10 of 1473 Re: The Lancer... [wale_bate1]
Jan 20, 2007 (1:53 pm)
This may be a dumb question but what Eclipse debacle? I know that the GS was panned by Consumer Reports but the rest of the auto press gave somewhat favorable reviews. In looking at the performance specs it seems to handle well for a FWD and has pretty good power in the GT. Most of the bashing I see on these forums seems to come from the tuners who wish it was an AWD turbo that weighs 2800 pounds. Or are you referring to the lackluster sales which I gather are about half what Mitsu had hoped. BTW, I notice Edmunds says there is $2000 cash back on the GT.