The Truth About Cars » tredia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:51:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » tredia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Junkyard Find: 1983 Mitsubishi Tredia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/junkyard-find-1983-mitsubishi-tredia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/junkyard-find-1983-mitsubishi-tredia/#comments Mon, 03 Sep 2012 13:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=458779 I’ve been maintaining an unhealthy obsession

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I’ve been maintaining an unhealthy obsession the Mitsubishi Cordia for a while now, but what about the hatchback Cordia’s sedan sibling, the Tredia? Very, very few Tredias made it into the United States, and I thought I’d never see one in a wrecking yard… but look at what I just found in California!
Americans had been buying Mitsubishis bearing Dodge and Plymouth badges for a decade before Mitsubishi brought the Tredia, Cordia, and Starion to these shores.

In Japan, Mitsubishi had “Mister Tredia” selling these cars, but that concept didn’t survive the ride across the Pacific.
When this car goes to The Crusher, it will probably lower the total count of American Tredias by 20 percent. I’m hoping that one of the remaining four examples is a Tredia Turbo.

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Adventures In Marketing: Mr. Tredia! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/adventures-in-marketing-mr-tredia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/adventures-in-marketing-mr-tredia/#comments Tue, 18 Oct 2011 19:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=415106 So there’s this gaijin with one-piece injection-molded plastic hair, like Ken, and he’s firing up the Tredia in some Delysidic maze. Then he sees these, uh, geese… My Cordia/Tredia obsession has reached an alarming level, which means I’m scouring the Internetz for ads for the nearly-extinct-in-North-America Mitsubishis. This one, for the Japanese-market ’82 Tredia, features […]

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So there’s this gaijin with one-piece injection-molded plastic hair, like Ken, and he’s firing up the Tredia in some Delysidic maze. Then he sees these, uh, geese

My Cordia/Tredia obsession has reached an alarming level, which means I’m scouring the Internetz for ads for the nearly-extinct-in-North-America Mitsubishis. This one, for the Japanese-market ’82 Tredia, features “Mr. Tredia.” Where Mr. Tredia goes, that’s where happiness grows; it’s sort of like the Edison Lighthouse song, only with abducted children and geese laying eggs in Mr. Tredia’s car. What does it all mean? It means I need to start shopping for a clean Tredia, of course!

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Curbside Classic CA Vacation Edition: The Last Mitsubishi Cordia In The World? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/curbside-classic-ca-vacation-edition-the-last-mitsubishi-cordia-in-the-world/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/curbside-classic-ca-vacation-edition-the-last-mitsubishi-cordia-in-the-world/#comments Thu, 31 Dec 2009 01:57:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=340415 As is all-too obvious, I have a particular soft spot for older Japanese cars, especially the more obscure varieties. So when I walked into this Cordia, I just had to stop, shoot and write. I haven’t seen one since moving to Oregon, but there might well be some logical rationale behind that: the Cordia was […]

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As is all-too obvious, I have a particular soft spot for older Japanese cars, especially the more obscure varieties. So when I walked into this Cordia, I just had to stop, shoot and write. I haven’t seen one since moving to Oregon, but there might well be some logical rationale behind that: the Cordia was almost surely was never sold there. Good luck finding any Cordia, or its Tredia sedan sibling, but if anywhere at all, its going to be here in California.

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In our recent Colt/Champ CC, we covered the Mitsubishi-Chrysler tie-up. By the early eighties, Mitsubishi wanted more of the action than just wholesaling cars to Chrysler, and pissed off its partner by going into business in the US by itself. Since the Colt and Space Wagon were tied up by Chrysler, Mitsubishi began by sending a trio of the more stranger-named cars just about ever to hit these shores: Cordia, Tredia and Starion.

The Cordia name was explained as a combination of cordorite, a lustrous mineral, and diamonds, Mitsu’s logo. The Tredia was supposedly named after the three-diamonds logo. And the Starion? Urban legend has it that it was an “Engrished” version of the intended name “Stallion”. We’ll take on that whole story when I find a Starion. But let me start off the debate by asking: does Starion sound any less intentionally weird than Cordia or Tredia?

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Anyway, Mitsubishi started out with a small dealer network, which was in California and…California. Well, actually, a few east coast markets were technically also part of the slow roll-out, but damn if I ever saw one of these Cordias out east. And if any were sold, they’ve obviously long since succumbed to the oxide god.

I can’t find out a lot of detail anymore about exactly which engines Mitsubishi installed in US-bound Cordias. Probably a 1.8 liter four. Were any turbos sent this way? Are there any early Mitsubishi fans out there? Does anyone care? But before this obscure box completely leaves our collective memories, it deserves its fifteen seconds of fame. Consider it done.

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