Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Sold Out
Despite my emphatic warnings to travel by livestock if needs be, sharp looks and a flea-market sticker price have helped the Mitsubishi Lancer GTS to sell out in the U.S. The sportier version of the Lancer is leagues ahead of the regular ES that was the target of abuse in the June review posted on TTAC. But it still bites, especially with the Communist "every RPM will suffer equally" continuously variable transmission. Still, this is fabulous news for Mitsubishi, which only a few years ago was considering switching from building cars to panhandling for change in Manhattan. Escaping from the domestic-auto love nest has been great for Mitsubishi, and makes it yet another manufacturer to be better off away from GM, Ford, or Chrysler, along with Subaru and Suzuki. But three questions linger: can Mitsubishi bring over more Lancers to satisfy demand before too late? Will Mitsu use the new cash to upgrade to Playskool plastics? Can Mitsubishi revamp the Eclipse and Galant, two monstrously important cars for the brand?