With its star on the rise across the United
States, Mitsubishi has steadily been introducing new models to the market with
no plans to slow down. The automaker could come up with entirely new titles for
these new cars, but there is also the chance it could reach back into the
record book to reinstate some well-loved defunct nameplates.
So, what will the names of upcoming Mitsubishi models be? Here are a few possibilities:
Originally released in 1973, the Mitsubishi
Lancer was retired in 2017. The Lancer was responsible for many fond
on-the-road memories for countless American drivers, so there’s a good chance
we see that name gracing a Mitsubishi model in the future.
The Mistubishi Starion was a sporty tourer
sold in the ’80s and early ’90s. It’s possible Mitsubishi will play on people’s
nostalgia and love of the Neon Decade by reintroducing the Starion nameplate.
With whispers of a new Mitsubishi pickup
making their way through the industry rumor mill, there’s a high probability
that any new truck Mitsubishi puts out will again bear the strong name of
“Raider,” which was a pickup model sold by Mitsubishi in the U.S. from 2005 to
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It isn’t too often that we hear of a vehicle ceasing production, but that’s exactly what’s happening to the Mitsubishi Lancer. The Japanese brand cut the Lancer Evolution two years ago and with sales of the sedan continuing to decline, the automaker has decided to cease production. The decision to cease Mitsubishi Lancer production came long before Nissan and Mitsubishi joined forces.
Mitsubishi spoke to the media ahead of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, announcing the decision to cut the Mitsubishi Lancer from the lineup come August. The sedan saw just over 14,000 Lancers sold in the United States in 2016, a 19% drop.
The Mitsubishi Lancer was first introduced to drivers at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, much to the pleasure of enthusiasts. The sedan saw a surge in popularity in its early years, but sales continued to drop as crossovers grew more popular.
While the Lancer may be outgoing, Mitsubishi is bringing in new models to replace it. A new crossover, slotted between the shrinking Outlander Sport and regular Outlander will hit the market in 2018. The unnamed model will see a turbocharged engine and feature plenty of technology.
We here at Bell Mitsubishi are sad to see the legendary Lancer heading off into the sunset for good come August.
Mitsubishi Motors North America just saw its best February since 2008. Sales were up 26% compared to February 2014. Year-to-date sales are up 29.3% compared to last year as well. The Outlander Sport crossover led the gains closely followed by the Lancer sports sedan.
Totals came out to 7,533 vehicles sold in February 2015, up from 5,977 in February 2014. The Outlander Sport compact crossover had its best-ever February, marking 2,394 units sold. Mitsubishi Lancer sales were up 64% compared to February 2014. The compact sports sedan sold just under 2,100 units. The fuel efficient Mirage five-door sold 1,863 units, the best since it joined the lineup in 2013.
“Mitsubishi Motors continues to demonstrate outstanding momentum going forward in 2015,” said Don Swearingen, Executive Vice President. “Our dealers are seeing increased traffic, posting strong sales with our core models. We are looking forward to a good sales year that will be bolstered by launching new and significantly redesigned versions of key models throughout the year starting next month at the New York International Auto Show.”
Year-to-date totals come out to 14,026 vehicles sold compared to less than 11,000 in 2014. Things are looking good for Mitsubishi.