The Pajero in its heydays used to be the go to SUV. It had created an almost mythic reputation winning numerous Paris-Dakar rallies. However, today the story of the Pajero is an altogether different story. Somehow this car in particular kind of tells the story of Mitsubishi. This once great Japanese automaker is looking more jaded and spent with the years. It was only last year, Mitsubishi unveiled the last Evo. Mind you the Evo was also an exceptional rally car. I for one hope that Mitsubishi can put their money problems behind them and start to build great cars again. As for the Pajero, it suffers from lack of development and has been left behind by the likes of Land Rover.
A mirage is an illusion usually in the middle of the desert. As you know when in the desert you really don’t have as many options, thus the sight of even an illusion gives you hope. However, the subcompact category is anything but a desert, it is brimming with great cars. Thus, the Mitsubishi Mirage may be the least in this category, however if you are living in a financial desert, then this subcompact will offer you hope.
What’s in a Name?
The Mirage has had a number of names that it has used in the past, such as Lancer, Colt, Dodge Colt etc. Most of these names came about as the result of various partnerships it has had in its history. Currently, it is known as the Mirage and in select European markets as the Mitsubishi Space Star, due to naming rights issues.
When you think of a pickup, you’d think of a Toyota HiLux, Nissan Navara and a Mitsubishi L200 of course. There is little that separates these models, however the L200 stakes a very strong claim to being the top utility truck. The L200 is available in all the markets Mitsubishi has a presence in except Canada, China, South Korea, United States and North Korea.
What’s in a Name?
Depending on where you are in the world you’ll know it by different names. It’s is known as the Mitsubishi Triton in Australia and Israel, the Fiat Fullback in Europe and the Middle East, and as the Mitsubishi Strada in the Phillipines.
The Mistubishi Lancer Evo has always been held in high regard by rallying aficionados, especially after winning the WRC 1996-1999 mostly under Tommi Mäkinen. The Evo is a sports sedan that is made to be that great on the freeway but also significantly that much better on rough terrain. 2015 is set to be the year of the final Evo model. For the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI, this will not be business as usual, as it becomes a highlight of the new direction Mitsubishi is taking. The new direction is for more fuel economy and less CO2 emissions. However, subtly, the main reason to do anything for a corporation is always to make profit.