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Not content to let Nissan steal their A-segment thunder, Mitsubishi brought out their Mirage G4 sedan, which was locked and on a turntable, next to an Evo and a Mirage hatchback. In person, the G4 looks just as pinched and stretched as photos make it out to be.

 

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Announcing A (Proposed) New Grassroots Racing Series: Spec Mirage http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/announcing-a-proposed-new-grassroots-racing-series-spec-mirage/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/announcing-a-proposed-new-grassroots-racing-series-spec-mirage/#comments Sat, 08 Feb 2014 20:07:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=737233 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback (1992-1994)

Stumbling upon old family photographs is a funny thing. Sometimes, you find out that your parents were actually pretty cool in their day, devoid of middle-aged paunches or wrinkles, and decked out in stylish clothes, with good-looking but rarely mentioned companions on their arm that elicit scowls and glares when you innocently inquire about their identity. Looking at old photos of the Mitsubishi Mirage is a little like that.

While our North American Mirage was a dowdy also-ran B-segment car for credit criminals and second-tier rental car agencies, the Japanese market Mirage fell victim to the irrational exuberance that plagued the Japanese economy, and paradoxically gave us the greatest generation of Japanese cars to ever exist.

No matter that the Lancer Evolution, Galant VR-4 and Legnum VR-4 (that’s a Galant VR-4 wagon) already existed. American sales and marketing execs were content with just the Eclipse, and aside from the cost of homologation any other nameplate, they likely would have nixed another sporty model, for fear of cannibalizing sales of the Eclipse GS-T and GSX.

But Japan is different. Having overlapping, redundant models sold under the same brand (but different sales channels) was a requirement in the Bubble Era. And so, the Lancer Evolution was joined by the Mirage Cyborg family, which was a three-door hatchback with a naturally-aspirated MIVEC 1.6L 4-cylinder engine making 172 horsepower and a VTEC-esque 124 lb-ft of torque. It wasn’t enough that Mitsubishi had conquered the four-door rally special niche. They needed a competitor to other now-forgotten bubble-era specials like the Toyota Levin BZ-R, the Nissan Pulsar VZ-R and the Honda Civic SiR (are you sensing a trend here?).

While the Levin was primarily known for its innovative 20 valve, individual throttle body engine, and the Civic became famous for arriving in America in the form of an engine with the wiring harness hacked in half, the Cyborg R never achieved much beyond appearing in Gran Turismo. But at least it was cool. Not like the one that’s for sale right now.

Today’s Mirage is either a pur sang back-to-basics subcompact or the world car on sale today, depending on the biases of the journalist reviewing it. I think it would be a great basis for a grassroots Spec Racing series that would cost very little and provide, at the very least, marginal thrills. The production spec Mirage weighs 1,973 lbs in base trim with a manual transmission, or the same as a Lotus Elise, but it puts out just 74 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque from its 1.2L three-cylinder engine.

A freer flowing intake and exhaust system might bump up output by another 10 horsepower and 10 lb-ft, while stripping the car out for race duty should shave another 150 lbs or so out of the car. There is no real way to make these things fast while keeping costs down. Off the shelf suspension components and better brake pads might turn the car from a “jellyfish” (as one British magazine described the handling) into something tolerable. With any luck, the cars will lap as fast as an NB Miata, the ubiquitous, but slow entry-level track machine that everyone so politely describes as a “momentum car”. Think of it as a stepping stone to tin-top racing, one rung below B-Spec.

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Mitsubishi Mirage Sedan Set To Cause Heart Palpitations In Canada http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/mitsubishi-mirage-sedan-set-to-cause-heart-palpitations-in-canada/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/mitsubishi-mirage-sedan-set-to-cause-heart-palpitations-in-canada/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:38:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=702058 2014-Mitsubishi-Mirage-G4-Sedan _1_

The Montreal Auto Show is shaping up to be a blowout for fans of B-Segment cars. Aside from the usual Quebec specials, Montreal has been the launch pad for the Canada-only Nissan Micra and the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 you see above.

Looking like every other too-tall-sedan, the Mirage G4 isn’t officially slated for North America – Mitsubishi is officially studying it for our market – but it will likely come here, bearing identical mechanics to the Mirage. With hatchbacks positioned as a “premium” model in many small car ranges, the Nissan Versa might have some competition for the title of “Cheapest Car On Sale”, with the Thai-built Mirage G4 having a good shot at sneaking into the sub-$12,000 bracket.

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Montreal Has Monopoly On A-Segment Debuts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/montreal-has-monopoly-on-a-segment-debuts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/montreal-has-monopoly-on-a-segment-debuts/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:40:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=695897 Nissan-MarchK13 (2)

The often-ignored Montreal Auto Show will have two major debuts, both A-segment cars that may not make it past the 49th parallel. According to Autos.ca, Mitsubishi will debut a production-ready version of the G4 concept, aka a Mirage sedan, while Nissan will show off a Canadian-spec Micra. The diminutive Micra will likely slot below the Versa Note in size, but perhaps be positioned as a chic city car, to compete with the Fiat 500.

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Mitsubishi Makes The Mirage Even More Desirable http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/mitsubishi-makes-the-mirage-even-more-desirable/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/mitsubishi-makes-the-mirage-even-more-desirable/#comments Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:15:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=634801 149937319537758187

 

This pink Mitsubishi Mirage Hello Kitty Edition, made to celebrate the cartoon feline’s 40th birthday, will be limited to just 400 units, and will cost less than $12,000 when it goes on sale in Japan this month. I can’t say I’ve ever really thought about stepping foot in a Mitsubishi showroom until now, but the Hello Kitty throw pillow would make a great addition to my apartment. I wonder if it can be ordered through the parts counter.

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Canada May Get New Nissan Micra http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/canada-may-get-new-nissan-micra/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/canada-may-get-new-nissan-micra/#comments Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=543297 nissan-micra-1-front

Canada’s affinity for small cars may result in it getting yet another exclusive product that won’t be offered to Americans. In addition to the Toyota Echo hatchback, Acura EL and Mercedes-Benz B-Class, the Nissan Micra may be sold in Canada.

A report by AutoGuide claims that Canadian dealers have been presented with the Nissan Micra alongside the revised Rogue. Powered by a 1.2L supercharged engine making 97 horsepower, the diminutive hatchback would compete against the Mitsubishi Mirage and Chevrolet Spark in the nascent A-segment space. But America won’t be getting it, according to Nissan sources. The Versa is considered small enough for American buyers, though evidently Canadians are more willing to consider a smaller vehicle.

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This Is Not The Lancer You Are Looking For http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/this-is-not-the-lancer-you-are-looking-for/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/this-is-not-the-lancer-you-are-looking-for/#comments Tue, 21 May 2013 14:23:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489116 630x382xmitsubishi-attrage-630x382.jpg.pagespeed.ic_.4vk0qaewan_0

 

Mitsubishi has taken the wraps of the sedan version of the new Mirage, dubbed the Attrage. Just-Auto reports that the Thai-based sedan will launch in July, and will be exported shortly thereafter. Powertrains will carry over from the Mirage, but hopefully the name will change when it comes to our shores.

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Mitsubishi Introduces Their New Sedan That’s Not A Lancer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/mitsubishi-introduces-their-new-sedan-thats-not-a-lancer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/mitsubishi-introduces-their-new-sedan-thats-not-a-lancer/#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 11:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=488537 628x418xmitsubishi-g4-sedan-628.jpg.pagespeed.ic.asFuFIT1RK

Pop quiz:

  1. What segment sells in strong volumes in America?
  2. What segment is considered poison by American consumers?
  3. Why is Mitsubishi neglecting a popular segment while focusing on an unpopular one?

The answers are, in order: Compact cars, subcompact cars and “we have no idea whatsoever”. Despite letting their Lancer ripen so long its turned into vinegar, Mitsubishi is apparently intent on introducing a subcompact sedan to the American market.

While subcompact hatches have gotten some traction here, nobody likes subcompact sedans. Not only do they scream poverty, but they look like rubber erasers that have been melted in the microwave. And yet Mitsubishi looks set to bring over a product based on the G4 sedan, according to Automotive News.

Why not a replacement for the Lancer? Why not a decent mid-size sedan? If there’s one thing we don’t need, its a competitor for the Nissan Versa S “Credit Criminal special”.

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Mitsubishi Announces Mirage Mileage, No Powertrain Specs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/mitsubishi-announces-mirage-mileage-no-powertrain-specs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/mitsubishi-announces-mirage-mileage-no-powertrain-specs/#comments Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:29:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482710

Mitsubishi announced fuel economy figures for their newest subcompact, which will revive the Mirage name. At 37 mpg city and 44 mpg highway, the Mirage will best the Chevrolet Spark, its main competitor in the A-segment. But Mitsubishi has yet to announce any of their powertrain offerings for the Mirage. Overseas, a 1.2L 4-cylinder making 73 horsepower is offered.

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Mitsubishi “Small Car” Debuts In Montreal http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/mitsubishi-small-car-debuts-in-montreal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/mitsubishi-small-car-debuts-in-montreal/#comments Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=474447

Honda wasn’t the only Japanese auto maker debuting something at the Montreal Auto Show. Mitsubishi debuted the Canadian-spec version of the new Mirage – without giving it a name.

North American spec versions of the tiny Mitsu include a new 1.2L three-cylinder engine, rather than the 1.0L unit employed in world markets. Despite the bump in displacement, the Mirage puts out a whopping 74 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. Although we at TTAC are against re-purposing all or part of a press release, we’ll make an exception this time, to illustrate just  how enthusiastic Mitsubishi Canada is about this car.

Displayed in striking Green Metallic paint, the subcompact was unveiled by Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada (MMSCAN) president & CEO Shin Fujioka to gathered media: “The new 2014 Mitsubishi is fun, efficient, greener and affordable. We can’t wait!” he said.

 

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Mitsubishi’s Crazy Plan For America http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/mitsubishis-crazy-plan-for-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/mitsubishis-crazy-plan-for-america/#comments Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=469050 Click here to view the embedded video.

Mitsubishi’s commitment to the American market seems to hinge on two crossovers, one plug-in, and a hilariously undersized A-segment car. The plan is so absurd that it may have a chance of succeeding.

Hans Greimel of Automotive News sat down with Osamu Masuko, head of Mitsubishi Motors, to discuss his plans for the United States. In the wake of Suzuki’s departure from America, all eyes are on Mitsubishi to be the next one to bounce from the USA. Mitsubishi is targeting 55,000 units for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. After that, it’s 80,000 units or bust.

While Mitsubishi lost the Endeavor, Eclipse and Galant this past year, there is new product in the pipeline. The Outlander Sport will be built in Mitsubishi’s Illinois factory, with a view to exporting it to markets like Russia. Meanwhile, the upcoming Outlander and its plug-in sibling should end up as Mitsubishi’s core product, sitting alongside the aging Lancer and the super Evolution, which somehow has managed to hang on.

While Mitsubishi is banking on the Outlander to help it achieve a medium-term goal of 100,000 sales annually, one car that won’t make a big splash is the Mirage A-segment car that Mitsubishi has pledged to import. Maskuo told AN that monthly sales of 600 units may end up as Mitsubishi’s target, and due to that, it may only be sold in certain regions. An EV may be part of the plan as well, but Maskuo is concious of the failure of the all-electric i, and the capabilities of a Mirage EV, stating

As for EVs, it’s true, not everything went according to plan. But that’s not to say that EV technology was rejected. This technology is a must and indispensible for developed economies.

Mitsubishi still has to contend with an ancient, uncompetitive Lancer and nothing to replace the Galant. And that may not be such a bad thing. The compact and mid-size segments are about as cutthroat as you can get, and it’s highly unlikely that anything they field would be good enough to steal sales away from the outstanding entries fielded by every other OEM.

Instead, Mitsubishi is left with a slightly odd, pseudo-niche lineup. Perhaps the Outlander and its plug-in variant will take off. Sales of the Spark have been stronger than expected, and the Mirage may find itself duking it out with the hot-selling Chevy. The odds are not at all in Mitsubishi’s favor, and there’s a good chance their plan could fail. But they deserve some credit for doubling down on their strengths, rather than just fielding more half-assed “me too” product.

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Mitsubishi To Spearhead U.S. Revival With Outlander, Mirage http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/mitsubishi-mirage-outlander-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/mitsubishi-mirage-outlander-america/#comments Mon, 12 Nov 2012 16:51:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=466637

Mitsubishi President Osamu Masuko re-affirmed his company’s commitment to the American marketplace, despite seeing most of its product line eliminated, and the flagship i electric car fail miserably. Despite these Job-like setbacks, Mitsubishi will release more new product in 2013, including a plug-in hybrid SUV and an all-new A/B segment car.

Despite sales projections of 20,000 units annually, Automotive News is reporting that Mitsubishi has sold less than 500 examples of the i through October, and plans for a successor are now dead. Where Mitsubishi will hit back is with plug-in cars and what Masuko calls “attractive products” that will motivate dealers to invest in upgrading their facilities.

The Outlander will hit showrooms in July, followed by the tiny, three-cylinder Mirage hatchback in September. A plug-in Outlander will go on sale in early 2014. Mitsubishi is also planning to increase capacity at their Illinois plant from 50,000 to 70,000 units a year, largely for exporting vehicles to world markets. While Masuko is looking to double sales to 100,000 units in America by 2014, Mitsubishi has a long way to go. As it stands now, only Suzuki cars sell worse among Japanese brands, and they won’t be around much longer.

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Junkyard Find: 1990 Eagle Summit http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/junkyard-find-1990-eagle-summit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/junkyard-find-1990-eagle-summit/#comments Wed, 02 May 2012 13:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=442432 When Chrysler took over the tattered remnants of AMC in 1987, they created the “Jeep-Eagle” division in order to sell Kenosha-ized Renaults such as the Medallion and the Premier. Chrysler back then wasn’t content unless Mitsubishi got involved, and so they slapped Eagle badges on a Mitsubishi Mirage built by DSM in Illinois. This was very similar to the Geo-ization GM applied to Toyota, Isuzu, Suzuki, and Daewoo products sold in North America. You don’t see many Summits these days (you also didn’t see many of them 20 years ago) so this find in a Denver junkyard was a rare event.
Pretty generic early-90s interior here.
By 1990, most car companies had found a way to integrate the “Libby Light” into the decklid or rear package shelf, but the Summit still had the 1985-style “Oh, crap, the Americans require a center brake light— quick, take this 100,000 yen budget and make something!” afterthought light.
Will there be Eagle Summit clubs meeting for cruise nights in 2049?

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Mitusbishi Mirage: Yes For Canada, Maybe For America http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/mitusbishi-mirage-yes-for-canada-maybe-for-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/mitusbishi-mirage-yes-for-canada-maybe-for-america/#comments Sat, 28 Apr 2012 15:33:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=441892

Looks like I have my work cut out for me yet again; the new Mitsubishi Mirage will be coming to Canada, but Mitsubishi may not bring their new small car to the United States. Yes, I’ll take time to review it.

According to Automotive News, money is tight at Mitsubishi, and the new Outlander will take priority over the diminutive Mirage, with Mitsubishi spokesman Roger Yasukawa telling AN

“Our concern from a timing standpoint is that with the Outlander coming out next year, not too far from a possible launch of the [Mirage], we have to really think about resources,”

The Mirage is also on the small side for American tastes – about the size of a Chevrolet Spark, and even shorter than the Ford Fiesta or Kia Rio hatchback. Built in Thailand, the Mirage is meant to be basic transportation designed to give Mitsubishi a foothold in fast-growing Southeast Asian markets. Pricing would have to be rock bottom for it to sell in America, but if it costs too little, dealers may not make any money on the car.

The Mirage should do reasonably well in Canada, where small, affordable cars are always a hit. The province of Quebec in particular should be a big market for the Mirage. Hyundai Canada used to sell 50 percent of their Accents in Quebec alone (when the car could be had for under $10,000 brand new) – but the Mirage’s CVT-only configuration may not go over well in la belle province, where anecdotal evidence gleaned from walking the streets of Montreal suggests that buyers heavily favor manual transmissions in their compact cars, even in the hilly, narrow stop-and-go streets of Montreal and Quebec City.

 

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Junkyard Find: 1988 Dodge Colt http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/junkyard-find-1988-dodge-colt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/junkyard-find-1988-dodge-colt/#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:00:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=431757 This ’84 Plymouth Colt Turbo caught my junkyard weather eye instantly, because early-to-mid-80s turbo econoboxes are always interesting. Then I realized that you hardly ever see regular fifth-gen Colts, on the street or in the junkyard these days, though they were once among the most commonplace subcompacts on American roads. After that, I kept my eyes open for Crusher-bound naturally-aspirated 1984-88 Colts, finally spotting this one.
One glance inside tells you: this is a 1980s Mitsubishi! Perhaps not as wild as the Cordia, but only Subaru went crazier with the Mars Base-style controls.
The cheapest Colt in ’88 listed at $5,899, which was just around a C-note more costly than the (smaller and more miserable) Chevy Sprint and (possibly even more miserable) Subaru Justy. The base Civic— which was a spartan zero-amenities model— listed at $6,095.
The previous owner listened to “Corridos Cabrones,” apparently the Mexican-cowboy counterpart to N.W.A., in the Colt.
Nobody is going to mourn the demise of another forgotten badge-engineered econobox, but it’s interesting to reflect on the once-ubiquitious cars that are no more.

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Junkyard Find: 1984 Plymouth Colt GTS Turbo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/junkyard-find-1984-plymouth-colt-gts-turbo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/junkyard-find-1984-plymouth-colt-gts-turbo/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2012 14:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=429756 Turbocharging was big when the 80s began, and nobody liked turbocharging better by mid-decade than Chrysler, Mitsubishi, and Chrysler/Mitsubishi. Turbo Cordias, Turbo Omnis, Turbo K-cars, Turbo Starions and, of course, the various Chryslerized flavors of the Turbo Mitsubishi Mirage. I’d forgotten about the Plymouth-badged Turbo Colts, but then I found this low-mile example awaiting its date with The Crusher in a California self-service wrecking yard.
Yes, just 43,286 miles on the clock, which is low even by the lax standards to which we hold 80s Mitsubishi products. Broken speedometer cable, perhaps? Project car that sat for 20 years before an angry landlord or wife banished it?
Yeah, it’s got a Twin Stick!
This 1.6 liter engine made 102 horsepower when new. 102 horses might be laughable by 2012 standards (hell, even the ’12 Kia Rio has 138 horses), but this car weighed only 1,865 pounds and it was quick. It was also a torque-steering nightmare that did everything possible to shoot holes in the belief that all Japanese cars were reliable, but who cares? The ’84 VW Rabbit GTI weighed 1,950 pounds and had just 90 horsepower. Which would you have bought?
TURBOOOOOO!

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