2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse Body Kit

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This model exceeded Japanese government’s compact car regulations regarding exterior dimensions (maximum width of 1,700 mm (66.9 in)), therefore incurred a more expensive annual road tax obligation.

A special version of the Eclipse, called the “10th Anniversary OZ Rally”, was sold at the end of the 1999 model run with unique 16-inch Enkei wheels with the OZ Racing logo. It also included the leather interior package, accented exhaust exit, “silver” gauges, mud flaps, and higher-profile spoiler that were available as standard equipment on GS-T coupe and GSX models. The special-edition package was only offered with the 420A engine.
Jett Racing entered a third-generation Eclipse for drag racing competition. As of 2014, they hold the world record for the world’s fastest four cylinder. It has 1,600 hp (1,193 kW; 1,622 PS) and is RWD. It is capable of over 2,000 bhp (1,491 kW; 2,028 PS). On 29 November 2018, they ran 6.2 seconds in the quarter-mile with 225 MPH for the top speed.

With the introduction of the 2003 GTS model, the Eclipse saw minor changes including a redesigned front bumper with slotted fog lights, as well as a recoloring of the taillights. On the interior, the gauge face changed, and the door panels were also redesigned. Newly designed five-spoke chrome wheels were offered with the GT and GTS trims.The basic driveline layout of the Eclipse is a transverse-mounted 4-cylinder Chrysler 420A, Mitsubishi 4G64, or 4G63 engine. The Mitsubishi motors are mounted in the same orientation as the first generation cars. The 420A-powered cars had the engine mounted on the right side of the car, and further back in the chassis. AWD models had a similar transmission to the first generation car. The second-generation GSX also had a stronger carrier/differential when equipped with the limited-slip option.

A minor style revision was applied for the 1997 model year. The front grille opening was given a more aggressive profile. The headlights were given a sharper slant on the inner edges, and the previous all-chrome fixture interior changed to a black interior with chrome reflector inserts. The driving lights were revised from a reflector type to a smaller projection type. The rear bumper cap was altered and had the reverse lights restyled and moved out into the bumper fascia, away from their original central position by the rear license plate bracket. The GS-T coupe and GSX received a higher-profile rear spoiler. The interior color choices also changed from blue and grey in 1995–1996 model years to black/grey, tan/black, and grey in the 1997–1999 model years. A black leather interior option was only available in 1999; the package included all seats (with the ‘Mitsubishi’ logo embroidered on both of the fronts), door inserts, and a center console armrest.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse EV is a prototype electric vehicle with a lightweight electric motor and lithium-ion batteries in the chassis of a third-generation Eclipse. It is powered by manganese lithium-ion batteries made by Japan Storage Battery, which have 65% reduced charging time over nickel-hydrogen batteries.The turbocharged engine option was updated for more power as compared to the previous generation (210 hp (157 kW) vs. 195 hp (145 kW)). The naturally-aspirated cars had two different 4-cylinder engines depending on the market. The US version engines produced 140 hp, found only in the RS and GS trims, and were a modified version of the Chrysler Neon engine, the 420A, manufactured by Chrysler and delivered to and installed at the Diamond Star Motors facility. The European market engines were a naturally aspirated 4G63 with 141 hp (105 kW; 143 PS). International market Eclipses made less horsepower than their Japanese domestic market relatives when equipped with the 4G63 (210 hp (157 kW), 154 hp (115 kW)), due to emissions regulations.

Two new powertrain options were available, a 147 hp (110 kW) 2.4 L 16-valve SOHC 4-cylinder 4G64 and a 205 hp (153 kW) 24v SOHC 3.0 L V6 (6G72). AWD was no longer an option. The suspension setup was modified to provide a softer and more compliant ride quality.
The last Eclipse to roll off the assembly line was built on 16 August 2011, painted Kalapana Black, its color was chosen by members of Mitsubishi’s Facebook community, who picked from a historical Eclipse color palette. This was the only Eclipse equipped with both the 3.8L/265 hp V-6 engine and the commemorative SE package, as well as special 18-inch Dark Argent alloy wheels and one of a kind graphics. It is also built with a sunroof, leather interior, 650W Rockford Fosgate 9-speaker audio system with Sirius XM, hands-free Bluetooth phone interface, rear-view camera, and HID headlights. The car was auctioned off by Mecum Auctions in St. Charles, Illinois on 17 September 2012, for $35,000. Proceeds went to the Japanese Red Cross to aid victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. In 1995, a GT2 class specification Eclipse GSX was entered into the annual 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race. It was placed on grid number 74, at the back in last place. It moved up to 24th place overall finish without any issues. It nearly set a new record as well, passing a total of 50 cars. In 1998, it entered the race again but was now in a lower specification class (GT3/GTS3) It finished in 24th place. In 1999, the Eclipse made its final appearance in the race, achieving 39th place, after posting 455 laps. The name of the team was Spirit of Daytona and their sponsor was Daytona Mitsubishi. Craig Conway, Eric Van Cleef, and Todd Flis were the drivers. For the 2010 model year in the U.S., its primary market, the Eclipse was available in five trim levels: GS, GS Sport Spyder, SE, GT, and GT Spyder. In Mexico, the GT Spyder is known as the Eclipse Convertible. In Canada, the GT trim is known as the GT-P. The SE package was available in either GS or GT trim specs, however included optional equipment.In 2012, a heavily built and tuned Mitsubishi Eclipse piloted by Mark Rybníček won the Czech Hill Climb championship. Other drivers such as Karel Stehlik and David Komarek have used Eclipses in hill climb competition as well. Some of engines produce as much as 650 hp (485 kW; 659 PS). They also have short transmission gears to accelerate into triple-digit speeds.Options Include – GT Premium Sport Package: 18-inch alloy wheels leather front seating surfaces, 6-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, aluminum pedals, automatic climate control and a wind deflector. The Eclipse was available in five trim levels during its first-generation production run. AWD models were not available until halfway through the first model year. The 3.0 L V6, however, used in GT and GT Spyder models, produced 205 hp (153 kW) in Federal Specifications between 2000-2001 and 200 hp (149 kW) in all GT models in California Specifications, all years with a static compression ratio of 9:1. In 2003, the 3.0 L V6 was improved for the GTS and GT/GTS Spyder, using a revised camshaft profile, raised compression ratio of 10:1 and variable-length MVIM intake manifold. This engine produced 210 hp (157 kW).

* The 1990 GS Turbo with a manual transmission was rated at 190 hp, whereas the 1990 GSX with a manual transmission was rated at 195 hp (145 kW). This was for the purpose of offsetting the additional weight of the AWD mechanism (approximately 2,930 lbs Vs 2,570 lbs GVW). However, 1991 and later years of both turbo models standardized on the 195 hp version 4G63T. The automatic models were rated at 180 hp (130 kW) due to smaller fuel-injectors and turbocharger.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse is a sport compact car that was produced by Mitsubishi in four generations from 1989 until 2011. A convertible body style was added during the 1996 model year.

These models varied significantly in drivetrains and available options, and included some variance in appearance, as higher trim lines added different front and rear fascia panels and surrounding trim, with the GSX model getting a notably different styling package from the others.
All motors are four-cylinder gasoline engines. All have cast iron blocks with aluminum cylinder heads. The 4G63/4G64 engines retain the balance shafts for smoother operation, while the 420a does not. The 1995–1999 turbo engines were given an increased compression ratio of 8.5:1, up from 7.8:1, and a smaller turbo, a Garrett T25 set to 12 psi (0.8 bar) in place of the previous Mitsubishi TD04-13G turbocharger (automatic cars) and TD05-14B turbocharger (manual cars). This was done to minimize turbo lag, which was an undesirable trait for mass-market appeal in the U.S. These changes led to increased horsepower a
nd torque vs. the previous 1G turbos. The 2G turbo cars produced 210 hp (157 kW) at 6,000 rpm (205 hp (153 kW) at 6,000 rpm with automatic transmission) and 214 lb⋅ft (290 N⋅m) at 3,000 rpm (220 lb⋅ft (298 N⋅m) at 3,000 rpm with automatic transmission.)

The second-generation Eclipse received numerous Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) affecting a variety of issues with the car however there was one notable powertrain recall. In March 1998, Mitsubishi issued a recall (bulletin 98V069001) for all 1990-1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSXs citing, “Lockup of the transfer case can occur due to insufficient lubrication. The condition can cause a loss of vehicle control increasing the risk of a crash.” The dealers would inspect the vehicles for the adequacy of the transfer case oil volume, transfer case oil leakage, and operational degradation of the transfer case mechanism. The transfer case itself did not leak but rather the brass plug in the center of the transfer case yoke would leak. Mitsubishi estimated 24,275 vehicles were affected. The Mitsubishi Eclipse was given a minor facelift for the 2009 model year, the front fascia changed the fog lights and deleted the triangle housing the “three diamond” logo used to sit on in the grille; the rear fascia changed the “Eclipse” insignia from an indent to raised silver letters. An option to add a dual exhaust and projector H.I.D. headlamps also became available. The V6 engine now rated at 265 hp (198 kW) and 262 lb⋅ft (355 N⋅m) of torque in part due to the more open front fascia as well as a new stock dual exhaust system. It was unveiled at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show. For 2011, the Mitsubishi Eclipse featured a “blackout” roof, similar to the 1990 model. Mitsubishi also lowered the suspension of Eclipse about half an inch to create a lower center of gravity. A rear backup camera and Bluetooth hands free calling to the Sun and sound package were included. In the GS trim, the car gets the same 18-inch wheels and blackout front end as the GT model called the GS Sport.

How much HP did the Mitsubishi Eclipse have?
This engine produced 210 hp (157 kW).
The first two generations share the automobile platform and parts with the rebadged Eagle Talon and Plymouth Laser captive imports. They were built during Mitsubishi Motors’ close relationship with Chrysler Corporation. Their partnership was known as Diamond-Star Motors (DSM). In Japan, the first two generations were sold at a specific Japanese retail chain called Mitsubishi Car Plaza. The third, 2000-2005 generation shared a redesigned platform with the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Stratus. In May 2005, the fourth, and final generation Eclipse was introduced, replacing the Chrysler platform used for the third generation with the PS platform. For the 2012 model year, the Eclipse received three slight changes: brake override logic, a clear lip spoiler on the GT trim, and one new exterior color. According to a review and rating by Motor Trend, the fourth-generation Eclipse was described as “dated” – but its “exterior design still stands out among sporty coupes currently available.” The 2012 model year Eclipse was now six years old and “is still trying to pass itself off as a sporty two-door.” This was the final model year, albeit a short run because production ended in August 2011. The 4G63T engines found in 1990–1994 models have a 60 mm (2.4 in) throttle body compared to the 1995–1999 MY’s 52 mm (2.0 in). The intake ports on the head and runners of the intake manifold are also larger on the 1G. They also have larger crankshaft bearing journals to allow better lubrication. Because they look similar, it is important to note that the 1990-1994 cylinder head is more on the side of high air volume, while the 1995-1999 cylinder head is more on the side of high air velocity.

Options Include- Premium Sport Package with 18 in (460 mm) seven-spoke alloy wheels, leather front seating surfaces, a power sunroof, an eight-way-adjustable (six power) driver’s seat, alloy pedals, heated front seats, heated door mirrors, automatic dimming rear-view mirror, air conditioning, and a 650-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system with nine speakers that included a 10-in (254 mm) trunk-mounted subwoofer, a 6-CD/MP3-compatible in-dash changer, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.The Eclipse was available in 7 trim levels: RS, GS, GS Spyder, GT, GT Spyder, GTS, and GTS Spyder. All trim levels (besides RS and the Spyder) came with an automatic tilt and retracting sunroof. All models were front-wheel drive (FWD). The GTS trims were introduced for the 2003 model year. For the 2005 model year, the RS trim was discontinued and a special “Remix Edition” GS trim package was introduced, which included chrome wheels, identifying placards, and the premium interior package from the GT and GTS models, which was not previously offered on the GS trim.

Are Mitsubishi Eclipse fast?
has a top speed of 146 miles per hour. If you’re curious, here are some additional specs for your final-model-year Eclipse: 3.8L V6 SOHC 24-valve engine. 265 horsepower @ 5750 rpm.
All 2G Eclipses came standard with driver and front-passenger airbags, side-guard door beams, front and rear body structure crumple zones, 5 mph energy-absorbing bumpers, safety-cage body construction, 4-wheel disc brakes (except RS), three-point ELR/ALR lap/shoulder safety belts (ELR only for the driver) and height-adjustable front shoulder belts. Anti-lock brakes were optional on all models (except for RS).

What is the fastest 4 cylinder Eclipse?
6.50 @ 223 mph Colin Wilshire’s Mitsubishi Eclipse currently holds the mph world record for a 4 cylinder drag car with a 6.50 @ 223 mph.
Another issue that impacted the mid 1995-1997 Eclipse GS-T/GSX (4G63 equipped vehicles) is thrust-bearing failure commonly referred to in the Eclipse community as “crankwalk.” Mitsubishi never publicly addressed the issue via a recall or TSB. There were a variety of symptoms however the most common symptom of crankwalk is the clutch pedal would stick to the floor upon making a left turn. If crankwalk occurred, it typically meant engine failure. In 1998, Mitsubishi revised manufacturing processes to correct the issue.In 2004 and 2005, Greg Collier won the NASA Super Unlimited class national title in a Plymouth Laser RS Turbo. These wins were over purpose built Ferrari Challenge and Porsche Carrera Cup race cars.The first-generation Mitsubishi Eclipse was marketed as an entry to mid-level four-cylinder sports coupe segment. Five trim levels were available; all were front-wheel drive except the GSX which was all-wheel drive. The GS Turbo and GSX were equipped with turbocharged engines.

Options Include – GS Deluxe Leather Package: Leather front seating surfaces, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, outside temperature indicator and compass in the center dash display.
Options Include – Sun & Sound package with a power sunroof is paired with a 650-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system. Boasting nine speakers including a 10 in (250 mm) trunk-mounted subwoofer, a 6-CD in-dash changer, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, the package also includes a central display with outside temperature and compass readings and an electrochromic rear-view mirror.

Another substantial styling revision was introduced, with the fourth-generation model taking some of the profile from the second generation model but maintaining a front fascia consistent with Mitsubishi’s corporate styling features of the time. Drivetrain features include a 263 hp (196 kW) 3.8 L MIVEC V6 engine for the GT trim, 2009 and newer models have 265 hp (198 kW). The GS has a 162 hp (121 kW) 2.4 L MIVEC four-cylinder engine, both derived from the Mitsubishi PS platform family, with which the Eclipse shares many mechanical components. Like the 2004 Galant and third-generation Eclipse, the fourth-generation Eclipse is FWD only, although a concept model has been produced by Mitsubishi and Ralliart with a MillenWorks designed hybrid-electric AWD platform, the 4G63 engine from the Lancer Evolution, and more aggressive body styling with imitation carbon fiber accents. The V6 produces 263 hp (196 kW) and 260 ft⋅lbf (353 N⋅m) of torque.The first-generation Eclipse underwent minor styling changes during its production; 1992–1994 models have updated sheet metal and are easily distinguishable from earlier model years. The most notable is that the 1990-1991 models have pop-up headlights, whereas 1992-1994 models have exposed aerodynamic headlights. The Eclipse was revised for the 1995 model year as the second generation.

Is Mitsubishi Eclipse a Japanese car?
Mitsubishi is a Japanese car manufacturer that sells vehicles all over the world. The Eclipse—a sports compact car—was officially sold in Japan, North America, the Middle East, South Korea, the Philippines, Brazil, and China.
Brent Rau has won three world drag racing championships using an Eclipse; IDRC, NDRA, and NHRA. Many other notable names have also claimed big wins piloting Eclipses for drag racing as well.The 4G37 and 4G63 engines are gasoline inline-fours. The 4G63 has an iron engine block with an aluminum cylinder head and is equipped with two balance shafts. The turbocharged version of the 4G63 (sometimes referred to as the 4G63T) has a lower compression ratio of 7.8:1 and oil squirters under the pistons for better cooling from extra heat created by forced induction. The turbocharged 4G63 engine received an internal update during the 1992 model year. The engines built from 1989 through April 1992 have 6-bolt motors. Beginning in May 1992, Mitsubishi revised the engine to a 7-bolt design. The third-generation Eclipse utilized two distinct Mitsubishi engines: The SOHC 4G64 2.4 L 16-valve four-cylinder and SOHC 6G72 3.0 L 24-valve V6. Both engines use cast iron blocks with aluminum cylinder heads. The four-cylinder, found in the RS, GS, and GS Spyder trims, used a 9:1 compression ratio and produced an output of 154 hp (115 kW) and 163 lb⋅ft (221 N⋅m) of torque throughout all years. The third-generation Eclipse shared its powertrain with the eighth-generation Galant. In late 2001, the power of the GT trim was lowered to 200 hp (149 kW) as a result of tightened emission standards forcing MMNA to adopt the California emissions standards for all variants of the car, rather than selling independent ‘Federal Specification’ and ‘California Specifications’ versions.

The prototype model participated in the 2001 Shikoku EV Rally, a 780 km (485 mi) circuit around the perimeter of Shikoku, Japan, where it drove in excess of 400 km (249 mi) on a single battery charge.
The Eclipse underwent a change into its third generation in 1999, closely applying the Mitsubishi SST design study which debuted at the 1998 North American International Auto Show. It was the first concept vehicle exhibited by Mitsubishi at an auto show in the U.S. The second-generation Eclipse was offered in various trim levels. Standard equipment would vary slightly throughout the production run as some items that were optional on certain trims became standard later in the production run. Each trim level came with a standard list of equipment however optional equipment packages were also available to add popular and premium features, most commonly found on the GS model. In addition, optional equipment was also available such as a trunk-mounted CD player, leather interior on the GS and GS-T and HomeLink and other items such as floormats and wheel locks. Mitsubishi Motors quietly updated its 4G63 engine in 1998 and 1999. The crankshaft is more precisely shaved and cut compared to previous years. It is identical to that used in the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, which was not yet sold in North America until 2003. The thrust bearings have been revised to a “split” type to allow better lubrication and self-alignment with the crankshaft. It also had improved tuning and functionality thanks to a new ECU, which was similar to Lancer Evolution ECUs. Although originally deactivated to protect the drivetrain, it included advanced features such as launch control, boost control, adjustable rev-limit, fuel system control as well as fuel and boost map selection for certain Mitsubishi Heavy Industries turbochargers.In mid-2002, the GTS trim was introduced for the 2003 model year. This vehicle included an engine with a 10:1 compression ratio, revised camshaft profile, and an improved Mitsubishi Variable Induction Management (MVIM) air intake system that gave the car an extra 10 hp (7.5 kW) and a slightly improved power curve. The 2003–2005 GTS coupe, GTS Spyder and GT Spyder shared the new engine while the GT coupe retained the 200 hp (149 kW) powertrain.The Eclipse was officially sold in Japan, North America, the Middle East, South Korea, the Philippines, Brazil, and China. At the end of August 2011, the final Eclipse was manufactured and subsequently auctioned for charity.

In 2009 and 2010, an Eclipse Spyder GS-T driven by Matt Andrews and Andrew Brilliant won the Super Lap Battle Limited championship in Willow Springs, California.
A unique version of the 2G Eclipse was sold in some European countries. It used a naturally-aspirated Mitsubishi 4G63 motor, similar to what was available in the 1G, unique side-view mirrors, and amber rear turn signals.The Eclipse was available in seven trim levels: Base [Only available in 1996.5 (mid-model year)], RS (Rally Sport), GS (Grand Sport), GS Spyder, GS-T (Grand Sport Turbo), GS-T Spyder, and GSX (Grand Sport X=AWD).

The basic driveline layout of the Eclipse is a transverse-mounted 4-cylinder Mitsubishi 4G37 or 4G63 engine situated on the left-hand side of the car driving an automatic or manual transmission on the right-hand side. AWD models have a different transmission which includes a limited-slip center differential and output shaft for a transfer case, which drives the rear differential (also available as limited-slip) and half-shafts.
In March 1998, Mitsubishi issued a recall (bulletin 98V069001) for all 1990-1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSXs citing, “Lockup of the transfer case can occur due to insufficient lubrication. The condition can cause a loss of vehicle control increasing the risk of a crash.” The dealers would inspect the vehicles for the adequacy of the transfer case oil volume, transfer case oil leakage, and operational degradation of the transfer case mechanism. The transfer case itself did not leak but rather the brass plug in the center of the transfer case yoke would leak. Mitsubishi estimated 24,275 vehicles were affected. The Eclipse was redesigned in 1994 (for the 1995 model year) and included standard dual airbags, more rounded styling, a larger interior, and a new engine made by Chrysler for the base model. The second-generation car maintained the market focus of the first-generation car but had numerous changes to appeal to a broader market. A convertible model, named the Eclipse Spyder, was introduced in 1996 offered in two trim levels; the GS and the GS-T. The Spyder GS was powered by a 2.4 L 4-cylinder naturally-aspirated 4G64 engine. The Spyder GS-T was fitted with Mitsubishi’s 2.0 L turbocharged 4G63 4-cylinder engine. The GSX model was also powered by this engine but with the addition of a high performance all-wheel-drive system. No convertible model was powered by the Chrysler’s 420a engine, nor was there a convertible with all-wheel-drive. Introduced in September 2002, the eK Sport was added as the second model in the eK series It was offered with two versions of engines: the same engine as used in the eK Wagon and an intercooled turbo engine. The eK Wagon’s 3-speed automatic transmission was joined by a 4-speed automatic transmission optimized for acceleration and low fuel consumption as well as quiet and smooth operation. The eK Sport was differentiated by its sculpted and muscular front fenders, body-integral side airdams and rear spoiler housing high-mount LED stop lamp. The translucent front grille incorporates the intercooler air intake and 4-light headlamps house projector, marrying function with fashion. Set back into the grille is eK Sport’s logo plate. Inside, meanwhile, the eK Sport used a hybrid center instrument cluster with digital speedometer and analog tachometer as against the analog displays in the eK Wagon. Other features adding to eK Sport’s functional and sporty personality included a 3-spoke leather steering wheel, sports seats that located occupants firmly and comfortably and ventilated front disc brakes.

In October 1992, Mitsubishi Motors la
unched the Emeraude 4-door hardtop specialty model derived from the Galant. Coined from the French for “emerald”, the Emeraude was, like the Diamante (diamond), named after a precious stone. With low and wide proportions and a low center of gravity, its smooth and rounded form did justice to its precious stone moniker. Optimized using advanced computer simulation and wind-tunnel testing, the Emeraude’s body shape returned a Cd=0.29 aerodynamics. The interior used the finest quality velour soft upholstery while onyx texture panels either side of the center control console added a further touch of luxury to the cockpit. The engine lineup included a 2.0L V6 unit that pumped out 170 PS to deliver smooth and effortless acceleration as well as the quiet and vibration-free operation inherent to a V6. Drivability was enhanced further with the use of an automatic transmission that employed fuzzy logic in controlling the shift pattern. Targeting customers seeking a level of luxury normally found in a larger vehicle class, the Emeraude’s equipment specification included the advanced-function Mitsubishi Multi Media Communications (MMCS) navigation system and a digital-surround sound system.
The second-generation Galant, dubbed the New Galant and Colt was removed from the nameplate, was launched in June 1973. With its bigger body, the New Galant moved its vehicle class. While inheriting the design image of its predecessor, the New Galant incorporated softer, more curvaceous surfaces to give it a milder, more sedan-like flavor. The New Galant’s larger body provided more generous interior space as emphasis was placed on comfort to separate it from the Lancer series. The equipment specification included a driver’s seat with lumbar support and a tilt-adjust steering column, made it with a fully adjustable driving position. The two-door hardtop and four-door sedan were offered with three engines: a 1.6L , and 1.85L or 2.0L engines which all met the 1973 Japanese emission regulations. Improved aerodynamics and braking performance as well as greater body rigidity and beefed up suspension produced a car that delivered feel-good driving with optimally balanced handling and stability and engine performance. Offering comfort and reassurance underpinned by an impact-absorbing body structure and high safety performance, the New Galant was a model worthy of its “personal sedan” moniker.After a full model change, the fifth-iteration Mirage were launched as “next-generation basic cars” in 1995 in 3-door hatchback and 4-door sedan body types. The 4-door Mirage sedan shared the same chassis and body as the Lancer but the 3-door hatchback, which had no Lancer equivalent, was shortened 80 mm overall to make it more compact. A new 1.5 L DOHC engine featured more low- and mid-range torgue and better fuel consumption. The 1.5 L MVV unit powering 4-door models used lean-burn air-fuel ratio control technology to return even better fuel consumption. Increased in size from 1.6 L to 1.8 L, the V6 engine delivered the premium and comfortable performance to be expected of a new-generation compact luxury car. Transmissions included the INVECS-II Sport Mode 4AT that was proving popular on the FTO for offering easy-drive qualities and greater driving enjoyment. The Mirage provided higher levels of occupant safety with its upgraded active and passive safety specification that included all-round impact safety, SRS airbags for driver and front passenger, 4-wheel ABS, a high mount stop lamp and safety-stop power windows. The fifth-generation The Mirage went out of production in 2000 but the Mirage Dingo launched in 1999 inherited the name.

Launched in October 2001 to a “New standard for K-car” banner, the eK Wagon was later joined by the eK Sport in September 2002 and by the chic and modern eK Classy in May 2003 as derivative models were added to the lineup to cater to differing user demands. By February 2004 the eK series had chalked up cumulative sales of 300,000 units with average monthly sales hitting 10,000 units, to make it one of Mitsubishi Motors’ all-time hit products. The forth model in the series, the SUV-taste eK Active was launched in May 2004 to enjoy a unique existence as the only K-crossover SUV on the market. The exterior was distinguished by more ground clearance, oversize bumpers, skid plate-look garnish, 14-inch wheels and built-in roof rails. These features gave the eK Active all-terrain performance that took poor surfaces on country roads or bumps on city streets in its stride. The eK Active’s elevated seat squab height made for easier and more natural access as well as giving a higher eye point for improved forward visibility and drivability. The convenience specification included, as dealer options, a waterproof luggage box for storing wet winter and marine sport clothing and equipment as well as seatback cords for retaining small items. This was a K-car that delivered fun motoring whatever the situation.The New Minica Toppo was launched alongside the eighth-generation Minica in September 1993. To a “super-space runabout” theme, the New Minica Toppo’s styling sported distinctive lines and a class-topping big cabin that gave expression to its utility and playful character while giving it a road presence similar to that of a compact car. The model also adopted a “1:2 door” configuration with a single door on the driver’s side and two doors on the passenger side, as well as a “Super High Roof” that added 70 mm to the height of the standard roof. The New Minica Toppo provided a roomy cabin as well as a spacious luggage compartment which featured a number of storage solutions. Extended by 20 mm, its longer wheelbase also added to interior roominess. On the safety front, the body cleared occupant injury protection requirements for 40 km/h frontal impacts and featured the first power windows with safety mechanism on a Japanese car. All models came with front disc brakes as standard. The engine lineup included a new 4-cylinder unit , while top trim levels became Mitsubishi Motors first K-cars to be fitted with the 4-speed INVECS (Intelligent & Innovative Vehicle Electronic Control System) automatic transmission employing fuzzy logic control system. Addressing the desire to drive something a little different, the lineup was soon joined by a number of variants with personalities designed to bring more fun to the class and including the recreation specification Carabosse, the young mother and baby-oriented Marble and the Town Bee with its round frog-eye headlamps projecting just forward of the leading edge of the engine hood.

The successor to the Pajero Junior, the Pajero iO was launched in June 1998 with a 3-door and in August with a 5-door body. Rather than having been developed from the same minicar platform, however, it came with a brand new chassis and body. Adding a new series to the Pajero brand, the Pajero iO was a just-the-right-size packaging that slotted between the Pajero and Pajero Mini. It was powered by the environmentally-friendly 1.8L GDI engine used in the Galant, Legnum and RVR series and its new Super-Select 4WD-i drivetrain allowed the driver to select from four modes the optimum one for any particular road surface: 2H, 4H, 4HLc and 4LLC. Large 16-inch wheels, short front and rear overhangs, generous ground clearance and a projection-free underbody gave the Pajero iO approach angle, departure angle, and ramp brake over angle among the biggest in its class, allowing it to deliver outstanding all-terrain performance. Developed in a joint design project with Pininfarina S.p.A. of Italy, the elegantly styled Sorento high-end trim level was added to the lineup.
Launched in January 2000 as the second model in the company’s new SUW (Smart Utility Wagon) lineup, the Dion was developed to a “Smart Design” and “Ecology Conscious” theme. Although it was a minivan seating seven in three rows of seats in a compact body, the Dion provided generous interior space with its 2705mm wheelbase and flat floor design and with its optimized hip point and low side sills offered excellent occupant access. The second row used separate seats on long-travel slides and fitted with a walk-in mechanism, thereby facilitating access to third row seats even with a child safety seat fitted. The third row of seats can be folded down and stowed under the floor to create a roomy luggage space with a flat floor. And this row of seats can be flipped over to face rearwards. The Dion used a Smart Shift automatic transmission lever mounted on the steering column that operated like a floor shifter. All models used a powertrain mating the environmentally-friendly 2.0L GDI engine to the INVECS-II 4-speed automatic transmission. A medium facelift in May 2002 gave the Dion a more expressive front fascia design and fitted with the INVECS-III CVT transmission.

The Proudia is a luxury car launched in Japan in February 2000 as the successor to the Debonaire. Its name is a portmanteau of the English words “proud” and “diamond” (referring to the company’s logo). Measuring 5,050mm in overall length, 1870mm in overall width and 1475mm in overall height, the Proudia’s body had an imposing and elegant road presence. It was offered with either a 3.5L V6 GDI or a new 4.5L V8 GDI engine. The car featured a comprehensive safety specification with front and side SRS airbags for driver and front passenger as well as side SRS airbags for rear passengers. It was available with a Driver Support System – comprising a Rear Quarter Monitor, Preview Distance Control and Lane Departure Warning systems which used a number of cameras and radar-based sensors fitted around the car to monitor its operational status as well as surrounding traffic – that provided appropriate driver assistance. The comfort and convenience specification included Easy Access rear seats which slid back when the rear doors were opened, power-adjustment on all seats giving optimal positional comfort and power rear seats that could be reclined individually. Its sister car the Dignity limousine featured a body stretched by 285mm to 5,335mm giving 250mm more legroom.
Launched in 1987, the sixth-generation Galant was developed as a car that “answers the needs and requirements of those who have a clearly defined sense of values and who seek the genuine article”. “An individual 4-door” was the catchphrase used in advertising. Its muscular organic form crafted from a “reverse-slant nose”, tall stance and body sides which undulated like a wave from top to bottom really stood out among the low and wide proportions that were the fashion at the time. Using the latest in automotive technology, the four-wheel drive model’s “Active Four” component systems referred to its 4-valve DOHC engine, fulltime four-wheel drive with viscous coupling center differential, 4-wheel independent suspension, 4-wheel steering and 4-wheel ABS. Two-wheel drive models were fitted with active Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS) that kept the body virtually horizontal to the road surface. This generation won Mitsubishi Motors its first Car of the Year Japan award. A Group A rally car developed from the high-performance Galant VR-4 four-wheel drive variant powered by an intercooled turbo engine won overall honors in the 1989 WRC 1000 Lakes Rally, the first WRC victory for the company since the Lancer first won the Safari Rally in 1974 and again in 1976. In 1989 the lineup was joined by the Galant AMG, with modifications by German tuning company AMG. Across the history of the Galant, the sixth-generation best expresses the essence of
what a Galant is meant to be.In a full model change, Pajero underwent significant evolutionary changes as it metamorphosed into its third-generation manifestation in September 1999. Major changes included the replacement of the previous separate body and frame construction with very strong monocoque construction, in which the frame is an integral part of the body shell. Overall length, width and wheelbase were also increased. The resulting reductions in weight and increases in rigidity delivered excellent handling and stability as well as ride comfort. 3.5L V6 GDI and a new 3.2L Di-D direct-injection diesel engines were added to the lineup, delivering high power output, generating high torque as well as returning excellent fuel consumption. The Super Select 4WD system, which combined the benefits of both part- and full-time four-wheel drive, had been evolved into the SS4-II with the previous mechanical drive mode selector replaced by an electrically driven selector to bring a major improvement in operational feel. All-round independent suspension was by double-wishbone with coil at the front and by a multi-link arrangement at the rear and working in concert with the longer wheelbase and suspension stroke brought significant improvements in high-speed stability as well as in Paerjo’s signature all-terrain performance. The styling created an organic front bumper design that protruded forwards like the shape of a wild cat’s jaw, taking the moment when it freezes just before and the moment when it thrusts powerfully and leaps after its prey as its motif.

What year was Paul Walker's Eclipse?
1995 From “The Fast and the Furious.” Driven by Paul Walker.
There was significant diversification in demand for the commercial K-car Minicab at the beginning of the 1980s as the market looked for more attractive styling, roomier interiors and better road performance. In response, Mitsubishi Motors introduced the fourth-generation Minicab in June 1984, its first full model change in seven years. The new Minicab models came, as might be expected, with significantly improved practical functionality as a commercial K-car. The Minicab Van in particular was developed as a one-box K-car with a distinct minivan flavor that provided a comfortable and pleasant driving experience for leisure purposes, as well as satisfying commercial use requirements. Design features included a large glazing area, bonded windshield and rectangular headlamps, while the Estate variant was available with a class-first power sliding glass sunroof and had flat folding seats. The lineup included models powered by the new engine as well as a part-time 4WD model with freewheeling hubs which improved running performance and noise levels. The larger interior featured seat slide adjustment for the driver, a class-first tilt-adjust steering column and an air-mix heater for easy-to-drive and occupant comfort. The lineup was joined in 1987 by the supercharger while in 1989; the Minicab Bravo replaced the Estate as the top-end trim level. The Bravo series included a hydraulic coupling full-time four-wheel drive model, and the Super Aero Roof model which sported a glass sunroof with glasses on front and sides of the roof, an oversize bumper, and other aero parts.

Launched in May 2003, the Grandis was in fact the fourth-generation Chariot which, after its first full model change in six years, dropped the Chariot name from the Chariot Grandis nameplate of the third-generation model. The Grandis 3-row minivan was created to a “New Age Premium” concept. The powertrain used a new eco-friendly 2.4L MIVEC engine mated to the INVECS-II Sport Mode 4-speed automatic transmission to return excellent fuel economy and deliver stress-free motive power. The Multi Select driveline gave 4WD models excellent on- and off-road performance. The Grandis provided excellent crashworthiness with its RISE impact safety body structure, a new straight frame rail platform and a 6-bag SRS airbag system that included curtain airbags for front and second-row seat occupants. The tip-up, long slide second row and the third row seats that could be individually stowed away under the floor permitted a variety of seating patterns. Developed to a “Japanese Modern” theme, the exterior and interior aesthetics combined a sublime mix of traditional Japanese harmony and of modern design elements. June 2005 saw the addition of the Grandis Sport Gear model that sported a more SUV-like specification with Active Stability Control/Traction Control fitted as standard and with 15 mm more ground clearance and 215/55R17 tires giving it better all-terrain performance.

The Minica Skipper launched in May 1971 is a sporty K-car with fastback styling, popular at the time, and represented a smaller version of the Galant GTO. It was the first Japanese car to use scooped rear glass and was distinguished by its high cut-off tail design that provided good visibility. The Skipper designation reflects the intent to create a car that would bring variety to and allow young adults with more matured tastes to enjoy their everyday life stylishly. The GT top trim model was powered by a twin SU carburetor water-cooled engine that developed 38 PS and took the car up to a maximum speed of 120 km/h and which, with its gold-finish air cleaner case, was called the Gold engine. This was later replaced in October 1972 by the 4-stroke engine in response to concerns about air pollution and the model was renamed Skipper IV. Another feature distinguishing the Minica Skipper was its equipment specification which – with radial tires, bucket seats and stereo radio receiver – was on a par with that of a compact car.
The Lancer Evolution was launched in October 1992 . WRC events at the time were mostly contested by FIA Group A (modified production models) cars, homologation for which required an annual production volume of at least 2,500 units. To make the Lancer Evolution truly competitive, Mitsubishi Motors took the lightweight and compact Lancer and powered it using the 4G63-type intercooler turbo engine delivering torque through the fulltime 4WD system with viscous coupling center differential proven in the sixth-generation Galant VR-4. The engine was modified to produce 250 PS, an extra 10 PS. Body rigidity was increased with strategic reinforcements while reducing weight through adopting an aluminum engine hood and other weight reduction measures. The suspension was optimized chiefly by boosting rigidity. Aerodynamic performance was addressed through the use of large openings in the front bumper and an oversize rear spoiler. Packaging the high level of driving dynamics in a car based on a rally machine, the Lancer Evolution was available with Recaro sport seats and a MOMO steering wheel. The initial 2,500 production run for homologation purposes sold out within days of its launch.The popular Chariot underwent its first full model change in six years and was launched in October 1997 as the Chariot Grandis, a high-end space utility wagon for the new generation. The Grandis variant name derived from the French “grandiose” and was added to indicate that, as the third-generation model, the Chariot had been reborn in a larger, tougher and more dependable form. The exterior used styling that boldly pared away the front corners to impart a look of strength and high quality while at the same time making the car more maneuverable. Inside, a new in-dash shift lever allowed better walk-thro access to the rear compartment as well as providing a sportier shift feeling akin to that of a floor mounted shifter. With its Japanese standard-size body dimensions providing a generously roomy interior, the Chariot Grandis was offered as a six-seat model alongside the seven-seat configuration of its predecessor. With reclining, tip up, tumble forward and a long fore-aft slide travel adjustability, the seating pattern could be flexibly tailored to cater to various occupant and luggage requirements. The powertrain on all models comprised a new 2.4L GDI engine mated to the INVECS-II Sport Mode 4-speed automatic transmission. The new model also boasted an improved safety specification that included the use of Mitsubishi Motors’ RISE impact safety body and SRS airbags for driver and front passenger. The 3.0L V6 GDI powered Royal series was added to the lineup in October 1999.Bearing the Town Box nameplate, the successor to the Bravo minicab variant was launched in April 1999, three months after the sixth-generation Minicab. This marked the first cab-over passenger K-car. Measuring in at 3395mm long, 1475mm wide and 1890mm high, the Town Box came with a semi-cab shape body while sporting an oversize airdam-like resin bumper, unconventional headlamp styling and large rear combination lamp units giving it a distinct personality. It was offered with 2WD or 4WD drivelines putting down on the road the power from an eco-friendly 660cc 3-cylinder MVV lean-burn engine or in sportier models a 660cc 4-cylinder DOHC intercooled turbo engine. The range included 4-speed automatic transmission models while 4WD models employed the Easy Select system that allowed the driver to switch between 2WD and 4WD on the fly at the touch of a button. The Town Box’s long wheelbase and wide track gave excellent driving stability as well as a comfortable ride. The interior provided the maximum space possible from its dimensions and featured a 50-50 split rear bench seat that could be reclined fully flat. The reinforced impact-safety body employed a high rigidity cabin surrounded by high energy-absorbing front, side and rear structures. Powered by a 1.1L engine, 210mm longer, 60mm wider and sitting six adults in three rows of seats, the Town Box Wide was added in June 1999.

Introduced as the successor to the Galant Coupe FTO in March 1975, the Lancer Celeste took its place in the lineup as the coupe variant of the first-generation Lancer, the Celeste designation coming from the Latin for blue sky. Addressing consumer demand at the time for convenient and versatile cars, the Lancer Celeste used a hatchback design in which a large rear gate was added to the fastback back-window. The model was distinguished by its beautiful and high-performance styling with its low aerodynamic drag born of numerous wind tunnel evaluations. The roomy trunk space could be expanded into a very spacious compartment with luxurious carpeting by lowering the rear seatback. The Lancer Celeste was first offered with 1.4 L and 1.6 L engines, the 1600 MCL-GL unit having clearing Japan’s 1975 emission regulations. On its launch, the synergy between the Lancer’s performance in rallies and Lancer Celeste’s styling caught the hearts and minds of younger drivers while the practicality of the hatchback gate attracted the family consumer group. In June 1979 the 2.0 L engine was added to the lineup and the compact body-plus-large capacity engine formula saw it gain popularity in the United States, particularly among young women drivers.
The Triton is an urban sport 4WD pickup truck produced at Mitsubishi Motors Thailand and first imported and marketed in Japan in September 2006. Triton’s principal features were a stylish, sporty exterior not found in earlier pickups, a functional but comfortable interior, and in terms of function, a ladder fr
ame body structure and a double-wishbone front and leaf spring rear suspension providing particularly good reliability and durability. Power to all four wheels was supplied by Mitsubishi Motors’ Easy Select 4WD system using a hybrid helical-gear/viscous-coupling rear LSD to deliver excellent handling stability, ride quality and durability. The Triton range in overseas markets included models powered by new 2.5L and 3.2L diesel engines using common rail direct fuel injection but in Japan it was sold as a four-door double-cab 4WD pickup with seating for 5, powered by a 3.5L V6 gasoline engine mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. Exported from Thailand to markets around the world, the Triton became a critical model in the Mitsubishi Motors Revitalization Plan.

Mitsubishi Motors launched the roomy and user-friendly Minica Toppo, the originator of the tall-boy K-car genre, in 1990 and Toppo BJ in 1998 before the tall stance body became the mainstream K-car body type. Launched in 2008, the new Toppo provided a roomy living space thanks to its class-topping 1430mm interior height, and a panoramic field of view thanks to its extensive glazing area. The standard-specification Multi-mode Keyless Entry system allowed the driver’s door to be unlocked individually, for greater peace of mind when accessing the vehicle at night. The convenience, comfort and safety specifications also included the Multi-position Utility small item storage system as well as the odor-absorbing roof lining and deodorizing Clean Air Filter that had proved popular on the eK Wagon, front seats designed to reduce forces on the neck region in an impact and double tensioner seatbelts. The Toppo was powered by 3-cylinder naturally aspirated or intercooled turbo engine and used an in-dash automatic shift selector.
Spurred by the enactment of the Air Pollution Control Act passed by the Japanese government, Mitsubishi Motors launched the third-generation Minica, Minica F4 powered by a new 4-stroke water-cooled engine in October 1972. The F4 designation pointed to the model’s family-use orientation and to its 4-stroke engine. The styling took its cue from the Japanese scarab beetle and was developed to give it as friendly an appearance as possible. Larger doors facilitated access to and from the rear seats. The Minica F4 was powered by the new 4-stroke water-cooled engine which incorporated the Mitsubishi Clean Air (MCA) system that optimized fuel combustion for cleaner emissions. The Minica F4’s major distinguishing feature was its sash-less rear window that opened up like a tailgate to make loading and unloading easier. Its front-engine/rear-wheel drive layout gave it a generous pedal layout and a slight degree of understeer while the use of fully reclining front seats was another example of the effort that had gone into making the Minica F4 easy to drive.Giving further breadth to the Colt series, the Colt 1100 and Colt 1500 underwent a major redesign to spawn the New Colt 1200 and New Colt 1500 which shared the same body and were brought to market in May 1968. In April 1968, the first three sections of the new Tomei Expressway were opened: Tokyo to Atsugi, Fuji to Shizuoka, and Okazaki to Komaki. Development of the new Colts focused on meeting the dynamic performance required in a real highway era about to arrive as well as to provide improved interior comfort and safety. In keeping with the promises the highway era offered, the styling was crafted using Mitsubishi’s “dynastream lines,” a three-dimensional front grill and fascia with rectangular headlamps, a stable rear view using wide slim rectangular taillamps, and a side view that made full use of the long wheelbase. All New Colts were fitted with a tilting steering column. Variable ratio steering and all-weather ventilation were other new technologies adopted in the series.

In a full model change and sporting a rounder body shape and new-taste styling, the fourth-generation Mirage was introduced in October 1991. Developed to a “Basic Car for the New Age” theme, the new Mirage came with its own all-new body, engine and chassis. The lineup initially comprised two variants each with its own distinctive styling: a “Chic urban sporty” 3-door and an “Elegant 6-light sedan” 4-door. Highly-density packaging saw a significant improvement in interior space. The extensive engine lineup included the world’s smallest V6 engine, a 1.6L unit, as well as super-low consumption 1.5L Mitsubishi Vertical Vortex (MVV), 1.5L DOHC and 1.8L dieselturbo units. The range rode on a new multi-link design rear suspension. Active safety systems included traction control (TCL) that helps controlling traction in a corner when throttle input is mismatched to road surface conditions, while anti-lock braking (ABS) was available. The lineup was joined in May 1993 by the Mirage Asti 2-door coupe variant with a standard equipment specification that included climate control, power steering, power windows, central locking and keyless entry at an affordable price. It was powered by 1.3L and a 1.5L DOHC engines.The Colt 1000 is Mitsubishi’s first mass production 4-door sedan and was launched in July, 1963. The 977cc OHV high camshaft engine generated most powerful output in its class at 52.2 PS/liter and it boasted high performance with its maximum speed of 125 km/h. Maximizing the “low, long and wide” design concept, its styling gave Colt 1000 powerful linear lines and a very modern appearance. The independent front and leaf spring rear suspension together with hydraulic double-action dampers gave a very comfortable ride. Taking part in the 2nd Japanese Grand Prix held at the Suzuka Circuit in May 1964, Colt 1000 shut out the competition as it took a clean sweep of the podium in its class (TIII touring car division).

The Mirage Wagon launched in February 1985 was the first station wagon in the Mirage series. Its twin Lancer Wagon was introduced. Distinguished by its original two-step roof, Mirage Wagon delivered high levels of fuel economy, practical utility and handling. The 1500 CX trim level was fitted as standard with a double sunroof, a first in its class. Rearward of the fixed glass panel over the front seats was a power-operated panel over the rear seats. Together with its two-step roof, these panels created a very open and airy feel to the interior. The 87PS 1.5L engine with an electronic carburetor optimized the air-fuel mixture for different loads and driving conditions, and the 65 PS 1.8L diesel engine with a Super Quick Glow system made it as easy to start as a gasoline engine. The rear seats were moved back to provide more room and leg space, making the Mirage Wagon an attractive car for the way in which it fused station wagon functionality with a well-defined personality. Mitsubishi Motors’ first full time 4WD with center differential model was added in 1986.

Mitsubishi Motors developed a new sporty and elegant “lite” 4-door sedan to join the sixth-generation Galant and Eterna and better meet the increasing individualization and diversification among mid-sized sedan owners. The Eterna Sava came to market in October 1989 with a variant name reflecting the casual nature of the French greeting “ca va?” A stylish 4-door sedan derived from the Galant was distinguished by the treatment of the trailing edge of the roof and the more gently slanted C-pillars. Inside, the Eterna Sava presented a chic and elegant living space that was dressed in a darkish color scheme counterpointed by light colored seat fabric. The main force of the model was powered by a 1.8 L engine but the lineup included a full-time four-wheel drive variant with a four-wheel steering to deliver stable and well-balanced road behavior. The comprehensive equipment specification included fully automatic climate control, power steering and windows, central door locking and a stereo audio system as standard. Presenting itself as great value for money, the Eterna Sava met the needs of a wide spectrum of owners.
The Strada sport pickup truck was launched in Japan in May 1991. It was bedecked with a variety of dress up parts including wide fenders with integral side protector molding, and an oversize wrap around grille guard. Seating five occupants, the interior sported bucket-type front seats, tilt-adjust steering column with a 3-spoke design steering wheel, altimeter and inclinometer in a dash-mounted pod, high-power speakers as well as a detachable cargo box. The Strada fed the power from its torqueful 2.5 L dieselturbo engine through a part-time four-wheel drive driveline with a Hi / Low range transfer case to 255/70R15 radial tires on alloy rims to deliver robust performance on- and off-road. With its name deriving from the Italian for road, Strada completed Mitsubishi Motors lineup of seven RV type models, each sporting a different character and level of utility, the others being the Pajero, Delica, RVR, Chariot, Bravo and Mitsubishi Jeep.The Colt 800 had fastback styling, a feature which proved to be the first for Japanese manufacturer, attracted strong interests at the 12th Tokyo Motor Show before it was launched in November 1965. The use of curved glass in the side windows enhanced the beauty stemming from true fastback lines. The Colt 800 was powered by an 843cc 3-cylinder 2-stroke water-cooled engine producing 45 PS. It used “reed valve induction control” which prevented intake air from blowing back into the carburetor at low engine speeds. With a front-engine / rear-wheel drive layout, it used double wishbone with lateral leaf spring at the front and a leaf spring with rigid axle arrangement at the rear to deliver outstanding ride comfort. Evolving later to the Colt 1000F, Colt 1100F and Colt 11F, Colt 800 brought the Mitsubishi name to the world’s attention.

Following the Galant Ʃ, the Galant Λ 2-door personal luxury model made its market debut in December 1976. It was given the Λ designation because in Greek it corresponds to the letter L which in turn is the first letter in the word “luxury.” Described in advertising copy at the time as “neither a hardtop nor a coupe,” Galant Λ used the same chassis components as the Galant Ʃ but was differentiated by its unique styling which used rectangular double headlamps for the first time in Japan, a long slanted nose and a rear window which wrapped round into the body sides. Later a model with a large front bumper and indicator lamps housed in roll bar garnish was added to the lineup. The Galant Λ’s single spoke steering wheel was not just a case of seeking a unique direction in terms of fashion but also had the function of making the instrumentation easier to see. Initially it was only offered with a 2.0 L engine but 1.6 L and 2.6 L units were added later. Overseas it was sold under the Mitsubishi Sapporo nameplate, the moniker stemming from the fact that the name Sapporo had become known world-wide as the host city of the 1972 Winter Olympic Games held in Hokkaido. The Galant Λ advertising used Finnish model and Vogue cover girl Pia-Sofia Kiukkonen as its poster girl – the first time Mitsubishi Motors had used this marketing technique.The three-wheel K-truck came under the spotlight in Japan and ignited a sales boom in the years just before and after 1960, offering scooter-like drivability as well as benefits in terms of vehicle taxes during the transition from scooter to four-wheel K-truck. Amid this growth in demand, Mitsubishi launched the Leo three-wheel K-truck in 1959. With its name taken from a character in a popular manga series at the time, “Kimba the White Lion” by Osamu Tezuka, It featured the first fully enclosed all-steel cabin with seating for two on a three-wheel K-truck and shortly after its launch became a best-seller with production topping 1,000 units a month. The three-wheel K-truck market in Japan enjoyed explosive growth around this time with production soaring from 14,000 units in 1958 to 83,000 in 1959 and to 190,000 in 1960. Altogether, 28,000 Leo models were produced. The boom in three-wheel K-truck sales was short-lived, however, peaking in 1960 and after which four-wheel K-truck became the mainstream. Mitsubishi also moved to four-wheel K-truck production when it launched the Mitsubishi 360. While its production run was very short, Leo served an important role as the link between three- and four-wheel K-trucks.

The Mitsubishi 360 K-light van was developed as a trailblazer for Mitsubishi four-wheel K-cars. Targeting small and medium-size businesses, the new car was designed as a commercial vehicle for transporting small loads of goods, people and for communications. At the same time, with an eye on the growing popularity of passenger K-cars, the company chose a “wide, low and beautiful” styling theme as it aimed to develop an attractive vehicle which had a chic passenger car flavor to it. Designed with a frameless, lightweight and rigid body, the Mitsubishi 360 was powered by a 359cc 2-cylinder 2-stroke air-cooled engine designed especially for it mounted at the front and driving the rear wheels. Its styling gave it the lines of a passenger car and was offered in two body types: a panel van with blank windows and seating for two; and a light van with seating for four. Christened the Mitsubishi 360 this K-car light van was launched in April 1961 after being shown at the Tokyo Motor Show. In October of the same year the lineup was joined by a pickup model and in April 1962 by a deluxe specification light van. Production of all derivatives in the lineup totaled 54,000 units in the 1963 fiscal year as it garnered a 16 percent share of the market. Mitsubishi 360 established the market base for Mitsubishi Motors cars today.

What generation is a 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse?
Now this fourth generation Eclipse is trying to relearn some of those bare knuckle basics while retaining its sleek style and urbanized manners. Let’s just hope it can reel in more sales for Mitsubishi, and quick!
In 1995, and enjoying high acclaim for its motorsport track record both in and outside Japan, the Lancer followed the Mirage in its first full model change in four years. The sixth-generation Lancer was developed to a “Total Evolution” theme with the aim of creating a new-generation basic car that had been totally revamped inside and out. Retaining its original body size, the Lancer provided more living space by increasing front and rear head room while also offering a 10 percent increase in trunk volume. The new Lancer came with an eight engine lineup, including: new 1.5 L DOHC unit, 1.8 L V6, and 1.6L MIVEC that powered the sporty MR trim level; and the 1.8L intercooled turbo in the GSR performance model. All gasoline engine models were available with the easy-drive INVECS-II 4-speed automatic transmission, which on some trim levels had Sport Mode manual override that allowed the enthusiast driver to enjoy the motoring experience more fully. The sixth-generation Lancer also provided the base model from which the second-generation Lancer Evolution (IV to VI) models evolved in leaps and bounds.

Is Mitsubishi a German car?
starting from Mitsubishi Model A. The company started production of the Model A in 1917, thus becoming the first series produced passenger cars in Japan.
Responding to the rapid growth in demand for light trucks of under one-ton payload in the mid-60s, the Delica Truck with a 600 kg payload went on sale in July 1968. Features distinguishing the Delica Truck included its payload that was some 20 percent larger than other models in its class, class-topping power output, the first 3-seater in its class, soft lines using a curved windscreen and ride comfort on a par with a passenger car. In 1969, a year after the Delica Truck’s launch, the Delica Light Van 500 kg one-box cargo van, Delica Route Van, and Delica Coach 9-seater passenger van were added to the lineup. In November 1971, a new engine was added, payload was increased by 100 kg and the name changed to Delica 75. As consumers became more conscious of leisure time in the early 1970s, the Delica Camping Van with a pop-up roof went on sale in 1972. Although the Delica name derives from the English delivery car, it has played an active role as a utility vehicle that goes outside the conventional commercial vehicle box from its first-generation Delica to this date. The market for Japanese luxury cars took off after a revision to the tax system in April 1989 when commodity tax was abolished and changes made to the vehicle tax, as well as after revisions to the voluntary insurance system for private cars. Accurately pinpointing these market trends the Diamante 4-door hardtop which came to market in May 1990 is notable for having created the 2.5 L segment. With its wide body taking it out of the mid-sized car bracket Diamante’s form gave it an imposing road presence and a subtle profundity that would not have been possible in the mid-sized car category. Its sizable living space stemming from the wide body featured wrap around cockpit styling and seats designed to support the occupant’s center of gravity. All models in the range were powered by V6 engines with electrically controlled variable inlet valve system. 4-wheel drive models were fitted with Mitsubishi Motors’ Active Four system: fulltime 4-wheel drive, 4-wheel steering, 4-wheel ABS and 4-wheel independent suspension. 2-wheel drive models were fitted with the Traction control system as well as the Active Two system: active electronically controlled suspension, 4-wheel steering, 4-wheel ABS and 4-wheel independent suspension. These systems helped deliver confidence-inspiring driving dynamics. Diamante also showcased a number of cutting-edge technologies including the MICS Mitsubishi Integrated Communications System, a world-first, that automatically adjusted seat, steering wheel and other positions to match the driver and his preferences. In November that year, a new Sigma 4-door sedan, derived from the Diamante but giving greater priority to interior comfort, was launched. Three years after the Galant, Diamante and Sigma won the Car of the Year Japan award for 1990-1991. The seventh-generation Minica was launched in January 1989 after a development process that involved styling input by 350 Mitsubishi female employees and other opinion holders as the design team targeted the female owners who accounted for over 60 percent of the K-car market. The result was a body with rounder, cuter and more modern styling distinguished by its large rear gate glazing which wrapped up into the roof. Joining the new 3- and 5-door lineup, the “1:2-door” model that gave shape to the wish for better safety by providing a rear door on the passenger side only to prevent child occupants jumping out into the road. Other features assuring safety included class-first cornering lamps. Later the Minica Dangan performance model powered by the world’s first DOHC 5-valve with four-wheel car and intercooled turbo engine (64PS), was added to the lineup. The range was also joined by several models boasting cutting-edge technologies, including fulltime four-wheel drive with Hydraulic Coupling Uint , as well as electronically controlled power steering. In January 1990 K-car regulations were changed allowing a 100 mm increase in overall length and a 110 cc increase in engine displacement. The company launched a new Minica in March 1990 to take advantage of these changes, with a 70 mm increase in body length and 30 mm increase in bumper length for a 100 mm increase in overall length to give improved safety as well as interior and luggage space. The new Minica was powered by the same 3-cylinder engine but with bored out cylinders and a longer stroke to increase displacement to 660 cc and delivered performance on a par with a compact class car. The Dangan DOHC intercooled turbo model was registered under the new regulations in August of the same year.

The Galant Fortis was launched in August 2007 as a Global Standard Sporty Sedan which achieved a fine balance between safety, environmental performance and comfort considerations. Combining the inverted slant nose traditional on MMC sedans and a trapezoidal grille, the exterior gave Galant Fortis a vibrancy and strong road presence in a body with sporty and wide styling crafted onto big-cabin proportions. It was powered by a new 2.0L MIVEC engine and this was mated to a 6-speed Sport Mode CVT which delivered crisp performance while returning excellent fuel economy in a powertrain that easily met engine power and environmental performance requirements. Features enhancing passive and impact safety included a 7-airbag SRS system; adaptive front lighting (AFS) that improved the driver`s field of vision at night; and rain-sensitive auto wipers. In July 2008, the lineup was joined by the sporty 4WD RALLIART that used a 2.0L MIVEC intercooled- turbo engine, full-time 4WD with Active Center Differential and Twin Clutch SST transmission.
The 5-door hatchback Lancer launched in June 1988 was the successor to the model sold as the Lancer EX and the Lancer Fiore in Japan. While presenting a three-box silhouette distinguished by its 3-dimensional wrap around rear window, the Lancer was in fact a 5-door hatchback sedan in which the large trunk lid and rear window opened together. The engine lineup comprised five units: 1.3L, 1.5L, 1.6L DOHC, 1.6L DOHC turbo and 1.8L diesel. Though derived from the Mirage body, the Lancer had attractive exclusive body lines similar to the styling language employed on the Galant. True to its “active sedan” development theme, the Lancer was equipped with many high-performance and high-function features including: a 145PS 1.6 L intercooled turbo engine, full-time four-wheel drive with viscous coupling center differential, dual-mode suspension that allowed the driver to switch between a handling/stability bias and ride comfort, as well as split double-action rear seats that folded down to produce a flat surface into the trunk. The Lancer also adopted measures to prevent the driver-induced misoperation problems affecting automatic transmission that had become a social issue from around 1987 and included an ignition key interlock, a shift lock button and a “reverse selected” audible alert.Mitsubishi Motors was unable to export the Mitsubishi Jeep to full-feature four-wheel drive markets overseas because of its license agreement with Willys at a time when its rivals were expanding their market share. In Japan, meanwhile, the forecast was that demand for four-wheel drive vehicles would grow as private owners sought them for leisure use and that the time was ripe for the company to develop its own four-wheel drive technology. The result was the birth of the full- feature four-wheel drive Pajero (Montero, Shogun) brimming with Mitsubishi-ness. It was named after the Leopardus pajeros or Pampus cat that inhabits the Patagonian plateau at the southern end of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile, and reflects the company’s wish to achieve in the car a harmony between “taste of the wild” and “beauty”. The first Pajero, was well received when shown as a concept at the 1979 Tokyo Motor Show and in 1982 metal and canvas top variants of the 3-door short body model were brought to market. A long-body variant was added in July 1983. The lineup was joined by a model us
ing Mitsubishi’s own automatic transmission in 1985 while V6 gasoline and intercooled dieselturbo engines were added in 1988. In the meantime, the underpinnings were improved with the original leaf spring rear suspension being replaced by a 3-link with coil arrangement to give further polish to the Pajero’s distinguishing characteristic of delivering outstanding all-terrain performance while also providing passenger car-like drivability. The Pajero won the Unmodified 4WD Production Class of the Paris-Dakar Rally, renowned as the world’s toughest motorsport event, in 1983 at its first attempt. The Pajero won the first overall victory in 1985 and took the victory for 12 times thereafter. Since it has been a prime mover in spawning and growing the recreation and 4WD vehicle boom and has built up the solid position, it enjoys today in the 4WD / SUV category.The second-generation Delica went on sale in June 1979 after its first full model change in 11 years. Van and truck variants were joined by the 9-seat Delica Star Wagon powered by a MCA-JET engine that complied with Japan’s 1978 emission regulations. Subsequently hi-roof variants of the van and wagon types were added in May 1980, while in September 1981 a wagon with automatic transmission joined the lineup. This was followed by four wheel drive, long body and diesel powered variants in October 1982. The extensive range of models brought an increase in sales volume and in segment share. The Delica Star Wagon enjoyed growing popularity as its overall width was stretched to the limit dictated by Japanese regulations for compact cars to offer a very roomy interior space, full fold-flat seats in the second and third rows, a clean and linear boxy design, comfortable ride quality, easy-to-drive handling and stability, and rigidly. The four-wheel drive model that joined the lineup on October 1982 was Japan’s first four wheel one-box wagon and employed a full-feature four-wheel driveline. The grille guard that provided additional front end protection fitted the overall design neatly and with its tall stance Delica Star Wagon 4WD made a strong impact on the market and helped creating consumer perception that the Delica meant 4WD.

Is an Eclipse a JDM car?
Mitsubishi Eclipse JDM Car 1995-1998. The Mitsubishi Eclipse JDM Car could be a sports automobile that was produced by Mitsubishi in four generations from 1989 until 2011. In the model year 1996, a convertible body style was added .
In 1993, Mitsubishi Motors started campaigning the WRC in Group A homologated Lancer Evolutions and with several top place results, including second overall in the final round of the year the RAC Rally, showed the model’s potential for winning overall line honors. The Lancer Evolution II, introduced in January 1994, exploited competition feedback from its predecessor and featured a number of improvements, chiefly in the areas of handling and stability. The rear LSD was replaced by a mechanical plate type to improve turn-in when entering corners. A longer wheelbase and wider track realized better stability. The Lancer Evolution II rode on OZ alloy road wheels shod with 205/60R15 tires, uprated from the 195/55R15 used on its predecessor. The use of lower first and second gear ratios in the close-ratio transmission brought better acceleration while a change in clutch disc material saw better control as well as improved durability. A reduction in silencer back pressure, a higher turbo boost pressure and changes to valve lift raised the maximum output of the 2.0 L intercooled turbo engine by 10 PS to 260 PS. New design Recaro bucket seats gave much better lateral hold.

The second-generation Minicab Truck was launched in June 1971 bearing the Minicab EL nameplate. Both step-style and drop-side types boasted the largest cargo bed in their class and the flat floor construction with no wheel arch intrusion meant it could easily carry items up to 182 cm long. Curved glazing all-around, rectangular headlamps, large door openings, separate seats and a floor-mounted shifter were features that gave it more of a passenger car-like feeling. It was initially powered by a 2-stroke air-cooled engine which had been upgraded from 28 PS to 30 PS but a year after its launch in September 1972 this was replaced by a 2-stroke water-cooled engine and the model name was changed to Minicab W. With the Minicab Truck series having undergone a full model redesign in 1971, the Minicab Van was given a new front grille and its name changed to the Minicab EL Van. In 1972, the Minicab EL Panel Van was added to the lineup.
The Debonair V was launched in August 1986 as a front-engine/front-drive luxury personal sedan after the first full model change in 22 years. Taking the V from VIP, no effort was spared in creating a mainstream luxury sedan to serve as the company’s top-end model. Defined by orthodox and flavored with a modern taste of chic, its styling gave the car a marked road presence. Four coats of color paint, each individually baked, gave the body a high gloss finish. It was powered by a new V6 engine with a super-fast intake system utilizing the intake air momentum, a high-squish and compact combustion chamber design and a dual exhaust system that eliminated interference and increased exhaust gas speed. The ECI-MULTI high-performance injection system contributed to outstanding performance particularly at low- and mid-engine speeds. With its new FWD layout, the car delivered responsive and reassuring performance with comfortable cruising guaranteed. Befitting its luxury sedan status, a number of original items were developed for the equipment specification. The Debonair V was the first Japanese car to use a “high tilt” steering column that tilted up when the door was opened to facilitate driver entry and exit. Pressing in the cigar lighter activated an exhaust fan in the dual climate control system to automatically vent cigarette smoke from the car. Among other features that defined it as a luxury personal sedan, the Debonair V was also the first Japanese car to be available with a hands-free car telephone system. The lineup included a 3000 Royal AMG performance model tuned in a tie-up with the German tuning company AMG.

Launched in Japan in June 2001, the Airtrek was developed to create a new category of car, a “smart all-rounder” next-generation crossover SUV as it brings together the friendly driveability and around-town performance offered by minivans and station wagons, and the go-anywhere off-road performance potential of a SUV. The Airtrek’s packaging used a 2625mm long wheelbase to accommodate a roomy interior space, large 16-inch wheels to provide a ground clearance of 195mm and a front seat height of 600mm to facilitate access. Overall height was kept at 1550mm, enabling access to tower parking common in Japanese towns and cities. Some Airtrek models were powered by the 2.4L GDI engine. In automatic models this was mated to the INVECS-II Sport Mode 4-speed transmission. 4WD models used a full-time viscous coupling center differential driveline. The body used MMC’s RISE impact-safety body structure.The walk-thro between driver and front passenger seats and the 60/40-split rear seats gave added utility. In June 2002 an intercooled turbo model was added to the lineup. In January 2003, the Sport Gear trim level sporting oversize front and rear bumpers, lift-up body, bold front visage, large roof rails and other RV features was added to the lineup.
Launched in January 1999, the Mirage Dingo was developed to “Smart Design” and “Ecology Conscious” themes. It was the first model in the company`s new SUW(Smart Utility Wagon) lineup. Special attention was given to ease of access and of loading/unloading as it was designed with a high hip-point, large door and tailgate openings and low side sills. For enhanced interior utility and comfort, the Mirage Dingo featured a flat floor and an H-Walk walk- thro facilitating both side to side and front and rear access. The separate rear seats each had 150 mm slide travel and a tumble forward mechanism. The new model used Mitsubishi Motors’ RISE impact safety body structure for greater reliability and all models were fitted with anti- lock braking as well as SRS airbags for driver and front passenger as standard. In 2000, a 1.3L model and the 1.8L GDI Aero trim level with sporty styling and feel-good performance were added. After a series facelift in February 2001, the series was joined by a CVT model.

In May 1980, the New Galant Σ, New Eterna Σ, New Galant Λ and New Eterna Λwere all launched at the same time. They had been developed as “sedan/coupe with worldwide currency,” offering low fuel consumption, high performance, comfort and high quality. They were powered by new gasoline and dieselturbo engines; the Σs using 1.6L, 1.8L, 2.0L gasoline and 2.3L dieselturbo units; the Λs by 1.8L, 2.0L, 2.6L gasoline and 2.3L dieselturbo units. Other features new to the two series were the VELNAS electronic driving information display system which included the first instant fuel consumption readout on a Japanese car, automatic climate control and cruise control. With an eye on markets overseas, the interior provided 50 mm more leg room to comfortably accommodate the larger European and American users. The dieselturbo engine used Mitsubishi Motors’ first turbocharger, and six months later a gasoline turbo engine model was added to the lineup. The 2000GSR performance variant had electronic fuel injection using Mitsubishi’s own Karman vortex airflow sensor, a new independent suspension design, disc brakes all round, and a steering gear box with three-point mounting.
The Delica Space Gear was launched in 1994 as the fourth-generation in the Delica series, “a new-type of RV” with multi-pattern seating arrangements, a generous walkthro and extended space utility. The Gear variant name was added in the belief that customers would become attached to it as a familiar “piece of gear” for leisure and everyday purposes. The new model replaced the one-box body type of its predecessors with a layout that placed the engine in the nose and not under the front seats, giving a significant improvement in frontal impact safety. With a flat floor from the front seat wells to the luggage compartment, the interior provided a generous walkthro from front seats to the rear cabin. The second-row seats could be arranged to face each other or to
face the third-row seats, while tipping up their squabs converted the rear cabin into a very roomy luggage space. The Delica Space Gear was powered by a lineup of four engines, including a 3.0L V6 and a 2.8L intercooled dieselturbo engine. Suspension was by double wishbone at the front and a 5-link with coil spring arrangement at the rear. The 4WD model used the Super Select 4WD driveline popular on the Pajero and with ample obstacle clearance angles and ride height delivered outstanding off-road performance. The Delica Truck and Delica Van series also underwent a full model change at this time.

The third-generation Galant was launched in May 1976. It was given the Ʃ (sigma) designation because in Greek it means “summation” or “culmination” and this sedan reflected the zenith in terms of the Mitsubishi Motors’ technology devoted to its development. In creating an elegant and dynamic image, the styling employed low wide proportions, a functional airdam skirt and a tumblehome cross-section. A new 4-link with assist link and coil suspension design together with its wide track and precise steering worked together to give the Galant Ʃ superior handling and stability. Its engine with Silent Shaft balance technology delivered power smoothly and quietly. In advertising, a cup of water was placed on the engine at 6000 rpm to show how smoothly and vibration-free it ran. Television commercials shot in Utah, America showed it is a world-class vehicle. The Galant Ʃ was the first model for which Mitsubishi Motors had used an overseas’ location to shoot a TV commercial. Monthly sales volume of the Galant series moved at the 10,000 unit level as it became a popular model on the market.
Built by Mitsubishi Motors North America, the second-generation Eclipse, which went on sale in the United States in June 1994, was imported into Japan and launched on the domestic market in June 1995. It shared the platform of the seventh-generation Galant that had undergone a full model change in 1992. Although the lineup included a 4WD model in the United States, in Japan, the Eclipse was available only in a front-engine/front-drive configuration. In its latest iteration, the Eclipse sported a body that was 55 mm wider than its predecessor and was crafted with sleek lines and softly rounded surfaces that gave it a very energetic appearance. Well received for its futuristic cab-forward design and its wide and low road-hugging proportions, it continued to sell well in the U.S. The interior employed a wrap round cockpit with the center console angled toward the driver and with the dashboard and door trim looking as though they were formed in a single molding. The driver’s sport bucket seat featured 6-way adjustment for optimum hold and comfort. The Eclipse was powered by a 2.0 L intercooled turbo engine which boasted a maximum output of 230 PS and with its all-round multi-link suspension delivered outstanding driving dynamics with a firm but pliant ride. May 1996 saw the launch of the Eclipse Spyder.The third-generation Mirage launched in October 1987 was available initially only as a 3-door hatchback with a four-variant lineup bearing Fabio, aimed very much at the female owner, Swift, Cyborg and XYVYX variant names to distinguish their different personalities. Both the Cyborg, with its 145 PS 1.6L DOHC turbo engine, and the two-seat XYVYX, with blanked out rear windows, stood out from the crowd. They used dual-mode suspension that allowed the driver to change stabilizer and damper characteristics at the same time. A comprehensive range of easy-to-use equipment choices included so-called “chameleon” instrument cluster with graphics that changed color from day to night, double-action folding rear seats, tilt-adjust/telescopic steering column and uphill start assist. In January 1988, the 4-door sedan range also underwent a full model change to a “high-quality sedan for the style-conscious adult” theme. This series also used personality distinguishing variant names including Vie, Fabio and Cyborg. With a 70 mm longer wheelbase and 25 mm taller overall height, the 4-door sedan range offered a roomier living space. New to the lineup were a diesel engine model, and a fulltime 4WD with viscous coupling center differential. Mitsubishi showed the Galant Coupe GTX-1 at the Tokyo Motor Show in the fall of 1969 where it created a sensation. Featuring long nose and short deck proportions and sporty, styling, the car was developed to gain a foothold in the market for cutting-edge specialty models. After further development, it was launched in November 1970 bearing the Galant GTO nameplate. Deriving from the Italian Grande Tourismo Omologare, GTO signified that this was a model that had been officially approved as a GT car. Features distinguishing Galant GTO included its long nose proportions and a ducktail that harmonized sporty and elegant lines with function of reducing air drag. It was also the first Japanese car to use curved side windows with a 50-inch curvature ratio in a tumblehome cross-section design. The roominess of the cabin overturned preconceived notions that coupes were short of interior space. The round-sided instrument panel gave the feeling of sitting in the pilot’s seat of an aircraft. The GTO-MR performance version powered by Mitsubishi Motors’ first new Saturn DOHC engine (125 PS) today remains one of the most illustrious cars to grace the Japanese market. The Mirage is a range of car originally developed as a “world’s minimum car,” sporting Mitsubishi Motors’ own styling and incorporating the company’s wealth of technological prowess as a response to the global call for greater conservation of resources and better fuel economy after the first oil crisis in 1973. The model name was announced in time for the Tokyo Motor Show in October 1977. It was launched in March 1978 for sale exclusively through the newly established “Car Plaza” sales channel. The Mirage name derives from the French “mirage” meaning, alternately, mystical, romantic and mirage (as in desert mirage). In overseas markets it was sold under the Colt nameplate. The body design was developed around a stable trapezoidal shape and featured a low-drag slant nose and flush surface panels. The use of jumbo-size doors, narrow pillars and a large glazing area gave the Mirage a very bright and comfortable interior. As Mitsubishi Motors’ first front-engine/ front-drive model, an “idle” transfer shaft and reverse rotation gear had to be fitted for the rear-drive engine to be positioned transversely. Using this as an auxiliary transmission saw the debut of the Super Shift transmission, which had a secondary shift level that allowed the driver to change between Power and Economy ranges to give high performance and low fuel consumption. The Mirage had independent suspension all round, using a new U-type multi-link arrangement at the rear. A 4-door hatchback model was added to the lineup in 1978, followed by 1.6 L and 3-speed AT models in 1979. Joining the lineup in 1982 were a 4-door sedan named Mirage II, powered by a 1.4 L turbo engine, and the Modulated Displacement (MD) engine that switched from 4- to 2-cylinder operation at low engine loads. This engine boasted a Japan 10-mode driving cycle consumption of 20 km/L.Mitsubishi Motors launched the Libero multi-purpose station wagon in May 1992 after a total makeover of styling, road performance and functionality to meet the ever-diversifying needs of station wagon users. Coined from the Italian for “free”, the name Libero was also familiar to the Japanese for its use in soccer terminology (meaning sweeper). The Libero was developed to a “multi-purpose town car” concept with sedan-like fresh and urban styling that made it look at home in a wide variety of situations, with generous interior space and a flat luggage compartment floor, and with a number of functional features including reclining double-action split rear seats allowing left and right squabs and seatbacks to be folded down separately. It was initially offered with two engines: a 1.8L engine and a new 2.0L die
selturbo engine. The Libero’s firm but pliant suspension and wide track together with its high-rigidity body structure gave it excellent handling and stability. The range was also offered with a number of active safety systems, including fulltime four-wheel drive with viscous coupling center differential, anti-lock braking, a LED high mounted stop lamp and rear fog lamps.

Demand for small pickup trucks was high as they were commonly used for commuting, running children to and from school and recreational purposes, in North America in the 1970s. Mitsubishi Motors entered the pickup market with the Mitsubishi Forte launched in September 1978. Exports to North America went into full swing in October of the same year. Named from the Italian word for “strong”, the one-ton pickup Forte was put through extensive durability testing in North America, Thailand and Saudi Arabia during development to ensure that it lived up to its name. The Forte’s styling was based on that of the Galant Ʃ Eterna and featured a long nose, an airdam skirt (a first on a Japanese pickup) and twin round headlamps. Powered by a 1.6L engine and with its 1360 mm front track and 2780 mm wheelbase, the Forte delivered superior driving stability. Suspension was by double wishbone with coil at the front and by leaf spring with rigid axle at the rear. Disc brakes were fitted at the front. A four-wheel drive model was added in October 1980, using a part-time direct drive silent chain transfer case developed by the company using its many years of experience in producing the Mitsubishi Jeep. This arrangement solved the problem of gear noise and power loss making it suitable for on-road driving at high speeds. The four wheel drive Mitsubishi Forte was the trailblazer for the Pajero (Montero, Shogun), Delica 4WD and other 4×4 models in the Mitsubishi lineup.
In June 1946 the prototype XTM1 for a small three-wheel truck with a 0.4 ton payload was completed and named Mizushima. Powered by a 744cc 4-cycle single-cylinder air-cooled engine, the truck was 2780 mm long, 1196 mm wide and 1230 mm high and carried a cargo bed that was 1100 mm long and 1106 mm wide. Unusually for three-wheel truck, the Mizushima had popular features including a folding soft top and aviation technology windows. Successive improvements were made through 11 prototypes and the vehicle underwent on-road proving in the hills of Hakone outside Tokyo before it went into full-scale production and on sale as the 0.5 ton payload TM3A in May 1947. The TM3A Mizushima was Mitsubishi’s first standard truck and the first to go into mass production and on sale to the public. In the year to May 1948, 945 were produced, after which production of small three-wheel vehicles continued at Mitsubishi until 1962 by which time a total of some 90,000 units had been produced.

What year was the fastest Mitsubishi Eclipse?
2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT: 6.3 seconds.
The first high-performance four-wheel drive sport station wagon in the Lancer Evolution series and launched in September 2005, the Lancer Evolution Wagon married the exciting driving dynamics of the Lancer Evolution IX and the luggage space of the Lancer Wagon. To assure the full performance pedigree of its sedan version was carried over, all joins in the side and roof panels taken from the Lancer Wagon and pillar joins were heavily reinforced. An additional 50 spot welds in the tailgate opening also contributed to the rigidity of the lightweight body. Its striking design fused the Lancer Evolution IX’s aggressive front end styling with the squarer rear end lines of the Lancer Wagon. Offered with 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmissions, the 6-speed manual model was mated to the 4G63 MIVEC turbo engine and delivered maximum of 40.0kg-m. Sporting a comprehensive component specification that included electronically controlled 4WD, Bilstein shock absorbers and Brembo ventilated disc brakes, it attracted much attention for driving dynamics unparalleled in its class. August 2006 saw the introduction of the MR trim level with a premium interior specification and a titanium turbine wheel turbocharger that improved boost response. Introduced in 1962, the Mitsubishi Colt 600 was the first Mitsubishi model to bear the Colt name. The Mitsubishi 500 Super Deluxe that won the Class A victory in the 1962 Macau Grand Prix received high critical acclaim for its performance but with other auto makers starting to bring out a wide variety of K-cars it was on this classification that consumer popularity focused because of its favorable tax treatment. To break through this situation Mitsubishi gave the styling and equipment specification of the Mitsubishi 500 Super Deluxe, which had been slated for being too simple, a complete makeover. The new model sported a somewhat pointy exterior design crafted using narrow lines for the front half and the tail of the body, while the interior underwent an overall refinement. Colt 600 retained the monocoque body and rear-mounted engine/rear-wheel drive configuration of the 500 Super Deluxe but was made more competitive with the use of a steering column shifter, a bench seat and increased fuel tank size. Colt 600 displayed its high performance qualities when Mitsubishi entered it in the 1963 Malaysian Grand Prix where it took line honors as well as second and third places in the under 600 cc class. Colt 600 is recognized as being a prime mover in driving the company’s growth. Galant Σ (Sigma) Hardtop and Eterna Σ Hardtop debuted in October 1984 as Mitsubishi Motors’ first 4-door hardtop models following the company’s decision to discontinue the Galant Λ (Lambda) and Eterna Λ. The hardtop models were offered with two engines: a 2.0 L turbo and the 200PS intercooled turbo with a 3×2 valvetrain that had two inlet valves and one exhaust valve per cylinder. They were also fitted with ECS electronic suspension and EPS electronic power steering. The stylish wedged-shape body design extended flush surface treatment to minimize wind noise. The cockpit was distinguished by the use of “wing” stalk levers on the steering column and a redesigned instrumentation cluster. Top trim levels were equipped with steering wheel audio controls as well as a 9-way adjustable driver’s seat to elevate the high-grade image at the same time as enhancing functionality. In October 1986, 2.0L V6 models were added to the hardtop as well as to the Galant Σ and Eterna Σ sedan lineups.The all-new Outlander was launched in October 2005 to replace the Airtrek as Mitsubishi Motors’ mid-size SUV. It came with a new-generation platform, greater rigidity and giving improved impact safety, the low consumption high-performance aluminum block 2.4L MIVEC engine, INVECS-III Sport Mode 6-speed CVT transmission and electronically controlled 4WD. The CVT featured paddle shifters that allow slick and smooth gear changing without taking hands off the steering wheel, adding fun-to-drive qualities to the Outlander. The Outlander adopted many mechanical features nurtured in the Lancer Evolution series including aluminum roof panel and mono-tube rear shock absorbers. The interior, with an eye-catching dashboard which swept across the width of the car, featured an attractive and user-friendly equipment specification including: one-step tumble second row seats and occasional-use third row seats, normally stowed under the floor, a split tailgate and a Rockford Fosgate premium sound system. The lineup was expanded with the addition in October 2007 of a 3.0L V6 MIVEC engine model and in January 2010 of a low consumption 2.0L MIVEC engine.In February 1982, the Mirage was renamed Mirage II and the series joined by a 4-door sedan. Taking this opportunity, Mitsubishi Motors launched a twin to the Mirage II series naming it Lancer Fiore. This 3-box car presented a refined presence within its youthful looks as seen in the slant nose, concealed drip moldings, flush surface treatment and ducktail rear end. It was offered with 1.2L, 1.4L and 1.4L Modulated Displacement engines. The newly developed MD engine would automatically shut off the intake and exhaust valves on the No. 1 and No. 4 cylinders at low engine loads and then switch back to normal 4-cylinder operation when more power was required. This variable valve engine returned the amazing 10-mode cycle fuel consumption of 20 km/L. In August of the same year, the Lancer Fiore range was joined by the 1.4L turbo engine.

The Mitsubishi 360 bonnet-type K-light truck received wide acclaim after its launch in April 1961 but the commercial K-car category was caught up in the inexorable switch to cab-over-engine (COE) designs that was sweeping the whole truck market spectrum. Mitsubishi had already started development of a COE Minicab and in August 1966 launched the first generation Minicab Truck. It was powered by an improved version of the 359cc 2-stroke air-cooled 21 PS engine used in the Mitsubishi 360 and the first-generation Minica. Its suspension arrangement delivered outstanding ride comfort together with excellent payload capability. The first Minicab Truck came only with a single cargo gate but in December 1966, the model was joined by a version with cargo gates on three sides. The Minicab Van was launched in February 1968 with a four model lineup that included Super Deluxe, Deluxe, Standard and Route Van trim levels.
As private ownership of cars in Japan was advancing its state of maturity in the late 1970s and accompanied by the call for conservation of resources and energy, requirements for compact and mid-sized cars became more diverse. Mitsubishi Motors had already brought out the Galant, Lancer and Mirage series which addressed these needs and in March 1982 added to its product lineup the Tredia 4-door sedan and the Cordia 2-door coupe, both front-engine / front-drive (FWD) cars. Mitsubishi Motors’ second FWD models were developed to a concept of providing a roomy interior within compact exterior lines and of reducing vehicle weight. Their innovative styling was designed to reduce aerodynamic drag to the minimum using a wedged shape, flush surfaces and even concealed lip rain moldings which ran inboard the roof edge. They were powered by 1.6 L turbo engine (115 PS) and were offered with the electronically controlled automatic transmission or the two-range Super Shift manual transmission that was proving popular in the Mirage series. The Cordia Turbo trim level sported LED instrumentation with easily legible and elegant color digital readouts.The Lancer is a compact passenger car launched in February 1973. It is named after a soldier of the cavalry regiment armed with a lance in the knightly age in Europe. The styling was aerodynamically oriented, giving the Lancer a long low “aero nose” with superior drag characteristics, a tumblehome, and wide turn-under proportion. It used a strong and safe monocoque body structure. The Lancer was powered by engines using
Mitsubishi Clean Air technology and was the first 1973 model to be certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as using a low-pollution engine. With tilt-adjust steering column, a 45 L fuel tank, all-season ventilation, disc brakes and vacuum booster assist for the master cylinder, the Lancer offered fatigue-free driving and reliability even on longer trips. In August 1973, the Lancer 1600GSR powered by the twin carburetor engine (110 PS) joined the lineup. In 1974, this model was piloted to overall victory in its debut Safari Rally by “Flying Sikh” Joginder Singh. The Lancer with its strong and lightweight body went on to notch up victory after victory against its more powerful rivals and vividly stamped the Mitsubishi name on the world rally scene.Following a full model change in 1999, the third-generation Eclipse grew in body size and the exterior metamorphosed from the elegant flowing lines of its predecessor to a more powerful look imbued with advanced and mechanical functional aesthetics. The Eclipse, together with the Spyder variant added in 2000, received popular acclaim as sporty models representative of Mitsubishi Motors’ product range in North America. After modifications to meet Japanese domestic regulations, the Eclipse Spyder was imported and launched in Japan in October 2004. The powertrain used a 196PS 3.0L V6 MIVEC engine mated to the INVECS-II Sport Mode 4-speed automatic transmission. The roomy interior stemming from the long wheelbase used highly comfortable genuine leather front seats, while the soft-top space was minimized to provide more rear seat room. These features and the Infinity 7-speaker audio system allowed owners to enjoy the dynamic American taste to their heart’s content.The K-cars came to be reevaluated in the early 1980s for their economic benefits and the market was looking for more attractive styling, roomier interiors and better road performance. To address these requirements, the sixth-generation Minica was launched in February 1984 with a front-engine/front-drive layout – a major transformation. The FWD layout with longer wheelbase gave the new model the roomiest living space and largest luggage space in its class, both bordering on those of a 1-liter car. The company dubbed the exterior design “Sneaker-look Styling” as one of its unique selling points. This was the first model in the Minica series with a 5-door body and it also established the MacPherson strut front and 3-link rear suspension design that would be used on future generations. The Minica was powered by the new high output, low consumption and quiet 2-cylinder engine and, in a class first, an intercooled turbo model joined the lineup. A part-time four wheel drive model was added in September 1985 and an open top variant in April 1986. The Minica range was joined by a new 3-cylinder engine, 3-speed automatic transmission and full-time 4WD models in 1987. Amistar, Parsely and Marie trim levels were introduced in response to the popularity the sixth-generation Minica enjoyed among female consumers and total production topped 820,000 units.

Launched in January 2003, the Lancer Evolution VIII featured changes to the front bumper and under-grille designs that gave significant improvements in aerodynamic and engine cooling performance. Optimization supercharging characteristics saw the 4G63 2.0L intercooled turbo engine generate a class-topping 40.0 kg-m of torque, while the use of uprating the aluminum pistons and forged steel con rods brought improved durability. A 6-speed close -ratio gearbox extracted every last ounce of that maximum torque. Mitsubishi Motors’ four-wheel control system now incorporated Super-AYC (Active Yaw Control) that doubled the amount of torque which could be transferred between the rear wheels giving the Lancer Evolution VIII rival-beating cornering and traction performance. The latest iteration in the series became the first production 4-door sedan to be fitted with a all-carbon fiber reinforced plastic rear spoiler, the low weight and high rigidity of which increased downforce. February 2004 saw the introduction of the Lancer Evolution VIII MR (Mitsubishi Racing) trim level. The first production model to use an aluminum roof panel and sporting Bilstein shock absorbers and with maximum torque tweaked to 40.8 kg-m, this model attained a degree of completion that could well have seen it labeled the Lancer Evolution IX.
In 1997, the FIA approved a new WRC-exclusive World Rally Car category that permitted more extensive modification. While its rivals built new WR Cars, Mitsubishi Motors decided to continue participating in Group A under its policy of building technological elements required to improve the performance of its rally machines into its production models. The Lancer Evolution V was launched in January 1998 with modifications that made it competitive with the WR Cars. The use of lighter pistons, a larger turbocharger nozzle and other changes boosted maximum torque to 38.0 kg-m. Track was widened significantly front and rear, inverted strut suspension adopted at the front, and larger 225/45ZR17 tires fitted. A front helical LSD was added to the AYC to promote optimum torque distribution. The higher engine power output was complemented with Brembo calipers, giving much improved braking. Aero- dynamic performance was also upgraded with aluminum fender blisters at the front, overfenders at the rear and an aluminum rear deck spoiler with variable angle of attack. Lancer Evolution V did more than hold its own against the formidable WR Cars in 1998, with Tommi Mäkinen winning his third Drivers’ Championship in as many years and, helped by Richard Burns in the other Evolution V, Mitsubishi Motors taking its first Manufacturer’s Championship.

What was Paul Walker's Eclipse?
1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse From “The Fast and the Furious.” Driven by Paul Walker.
In June 1986 the Delica series underwent its third full model change, the first in seven years. When development work on the third-generation series began in the spring of 1983 there was a proposal to create a semi-cab-over engine body which would improve impact safety and allow a walk-through but the design team eventually decided to retain the full cab-over-engine configuration of the previous generations for its superior space efficiency. The new Delica Star Wagon’s monocoque body structure was chosen for its safety and durability. The more rounded “soft cube” styling put the emphasis on space efficiency. To a “Living room on wheels” theme, Delica Star Wagon was fitted with multi-seat, multi-audio and multi-climate control systems and was available with the first Crystal Lite Roof in its class, enhancing further the light, airy and open ambience to the interior. The 2.0 L engine and 2.5 L dieselturbo engine delivered brisk and feel-good performance both on and off road. The Delica Star Wagon 4WD featured an upgraded equipment specification worthy of its status as the series’ image leader. To firmly establish its position as the leading cab-over four-wheel drive engine in its category, Delica Star Wagon 4WD sported full-feature off-road performance together with improved comfort. In August 1988 an automatic transmission trim level was added to the four-wheel drive lineup.MiEV Evolution takes 1st and 2nd places in the modified electric vehicle (EV) class of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (2nd and 3rd place overall)

The second-generation eK Sport replaced its predecessor in September 2006 at the same time as the eK Wagon. Changes included the use of a distinctive polycarbonate grille with discharge headlamps to appeal to customers who liked sporty styling and performance. The edgy front design distinguished by black sword-edge graphics and an oversize under grille clearly stamped the new model with the eK Sport identity. Other styling elements pointing to its spirited performance included the front, side and rear airdams, roof spoiler and 14-inch alloy road wheels. Inside, the black-based color scheme for dashboard and seats was counterpointed by a metallic dark grey finish for the functional and fashionable center panel to create a taut and spirited ambience. The interior’s sporty look was accented by the digital speedometer/analogue tachometer hybrid instrumentation and leather-wrap steering wheel. Factory options included Recaro seats that located the occupant firmly when sport driving. The power sliding door fitted on some eK Wagon models was added later. Reflecting the changes in the regulations governing K-car category (overall length increased from 3.3 m to 3.4 m, overall width from 1.4 m to 1.48 m) in Japan, the Minica evolved into its ninth-generation in October 1998, 100mm longer and 80mm wider. Sporting somewhat straighter lines than its predecessor, the new iteration provided a generous living space clothed in chic European-taste styling with its tailgate cut off almost at right angles to the extensive side glazing. To a “Simple-to-use basic sedan” product theme, priority was given to creating a vehicle that, offering outstanding economy and utility, just right for commuting or for shopping. Power was provided by a new 3-cylinder MVV (Mitsubishi Vertical Vortex) lean-burn engine to offer very low consumption. The Minica adopted Mitsubishi Motors’ RISE impact safety body structure which, in compliance with the company’s own safety standards, provided improved omnidirectional collision safety. The safety specification included a driver’s SRS airbag, rear child seat anchor. Comfort equipment included a Clean Air Filter as well as antibacterial steering wheel and shifter knob. December 1999 saw the launch of the Minica-based Pistachio low fuel consumption model using a 1.1L GDI engine and AS&G idling stop. The 50 units of this limited edition variant were sold to local authorities and public utilities. The Colt Galant made its debut in December 1969 as the first Mitsubishi model to bear the name Galant. With the advent of the highway era now in earnest, the model was developed to the key phrases of “more beautiful,” “higher performance,” “wider,” “quieter,” and “more luxurious”. It was powered by 1.3 L and 1.5 L engines, Mitsubishi’s first OHC power units. The cabin was roomier and as well as offering generous front seat leg room there was ample head clearance for rear seat passengers and a spacious trunk. The dashboard located an oval instrument cluster with a patented non-reflective curved visor and together with fatigue-reducing double-spring front seats allowed the driver to enjoy their motoring in comfort even on longer distance driving. The addition of a 2-door hardtop and an estate van in 1970 expanded the target customer group. There were competition successes for the Colt Galant in both domestic and international rallies, including an overall victory for the 16L-GS in the 7th Southern Rally in 1972.Launched in November 1995, the Pajero Junior is a recreational vehicle that targeted customers for whom the Pajero was too large and the Pajero Mini did not tick all the boxes. While powered by a 1.1 L engine, the Pajero Junior shared the Pajero Mini’s K-car platform with blister fenders, a larger bumper as well as a wider track and the necessary body reinforcements to give improved comfort and convenience. With the compact and economical new 1.1 L engine mated to Mitsubishi Motors own Easy-Select 4WD, the small recreational vehicle delivered brisk and nimble performance both around town and off-road. The safety specification was upgraded with all models being fitted as standard with a SRS airbag system for the driver, ABS, compound-curvature door mirrors and a high-mount stop lamp. The comprehensive convenience specification included climate control, power door mirrors, green-tint glazing and a keyless entry system. Launched in October 1990, the GTO came into being as a new-age super four-wheel drive sports car. The model was powered by a new 280PS 3.0 L V6 intercooled twin-turbo engine and naturally aspirated (NA) engine which used an electronically controlled variable inlet valve system. Twin-turbo engine variant used a Getrag 5-speed manual transmission The GTO delivered superb handling and stability thanks to a fulltime four-wheel drive driveline using a viscous coupling center differential to transmit all the engine torque to the road surface with a front-rear torque split of 45:55; MacPherson strut suspension at the front with a double wishbone arrangement at the rear; electronically controlled suspension which adjusted damping rates as required; and four-wheel steering system to operate rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheel at mid- to high-speed . Notable equipment features included an Active Aero System which automatically operates a front venturi cover and a variable rear spoiler while driving at high speed, as well as an Active Exhaust System which at the touch of a button switched the exhaust gas routing to the silencer for either a louder or quieter exhaust note. In January 1993, Mitsubishi Motors imported the Diamante Wagon built by Mitsubishi Motors Australia (MMAL) and launched it on the domestic market in Japan. Based on the sedan, the Diamante Wagon was a high-quality station wagon distinguished by its dignified presence and luxury looks. The equipment and trim specification included genuine leather upholstery and trim, a split fold-down rear seatback and fully automatic climate control. It was powered by a 3.0L V6 engine that employed an electronic variable valve system with separate intake ports for low and mid and for high engine speeds to give comfortable power-to-spare cruising. The rigid body structure incorporated excellent impact energy absorption together with high-tensile pillars and side door beams.The eK Classy was added as an up-market model to the eK series, and came to market in 2003. Developed to a “chic & modern” theme, it offered enhanced levels of quality in exterior and interior trim, in performance on the road and in its functional component specification. The exterior was distinguished by the exclusive and chic styling of its grille, bumper, engine hood and headlamp units. The headlamps were functionally improved with the adoption of a wider-angle beam. In its component specification, the eK Classy was distinguished from the eK Wagon by being the first Mitsubishi Motors’ K-car to use fully automatic climate control and solar control glass in the windshield, as well as by being fitted with a 4-speaker MD/CD player sound system. Other differences included a 4-speed automatic transmission and suspension tuning for improved ride and comfort.

The second-generation eK Wagon replaced its predecessor in September 2006 after a full model change. That the design team chose to keep the concepts that defined the first generation model attested to the popularity of the styling. The eK Wagon was the first bonnet-type passenger K-car to employ a power sliding rear door, a revolutionary feature in its day, sharing the same inner-rail design as on the RVR in which the rails were concealed when the door was closed. It was also the first K-car to use LED combination rear. The steering column shifter of its predecessor was replaced by an in-dash selector that made shifting easier and allowed a walk-thro outboard of the front passenger seat. The attention given to making the interior environment more comfortable could be seen in its deodorizing head lining and deodorizing Clean Air Filter, in its use of Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified seat upholstery and of solar control glass. The latest iteration of the eK Wagon also saw an evolution in the convenience specification with an innovative Multi-position Utility system that provided several attachment points in the front passenger seatback for a mini trash box and handy hooks.The seventh-generation Galant went on sale in May 1992 as did the new Eterna series after a full model change. With wide body, low center of gravity silhouette and dynamic and progressive “gentle wedge shape” styling, the overall width of 1730mm took the new Galant into the Japanese standard-size body dimensions classification. Overall length and width dimensions were fixed after the decision to use a 1500mm-plus track and a long 2635mm wheelbase. 35mm wider than its predecessor, the Galant provided one of the largest cabin spaces in its class. The new model was the first front-engine/front-drive car to use multi-link suspension all round and combined with its wide track and long wheelbase this delivered high levels of handling/vehicle stability and ride comfort. All models in the range were powered by a new engine series led by 1.8L and 2.0L V6 units. Underpinned by its high levels of basic vehicle performance, some Galant models were fitted with Mitsubishi Motors’ Intelligent & Innovative Vehicle Electronic Control System (INVECS) automatic transmission technology that introduced the application of fuzzy control logic in a car. INVECS matched shift patterns in the automatic gearbox to road surface and other driving conditions to allow drivers of all abilities to operate their vehicle safely and more comfortably. The Galant was also fitted with traction control, electronically controlled full-time four-wheel drive (4WD) and active four wheel steering (4WS) and was the first car anywhere to use Active Preview ECS suspension. These systems enhanced its active safety performance and elevated its degree of completion as a 4-door sedan. In August 1994, the Galant-based 5-door Galant Sport joined the lineup to satisfy customers looking for a light-duty RV / sport specialty model.