I don't have general problem with DSMs, plenty of friends have them and such, as well as I bought a buddy's so he could get his TE72 running lol. Then I turned around and sold it to another friend and it introduced him to the world of 4g63s
. Meh, he got a complete car that just needs the motor rebuilt and put back together for $200. I was really just after the stockpile of parts that I needed, I could care less about the DSM (I was actually going to scrap it).
My point is that they aren't true Pure Blood Mitsubishis that were imported to the states. Sure in the later years and today a lot of Japanese cars are built here in the states, however in the early 90s and earlier (JNCs) most cars were still being brought over from the land of the Rising Sun. DSMs were exported in small amounts to other parts of the world like Europe, the Middle East, and a few even made it to Japan, but they were imports over there, over here they fit better in the sport compact category.
Also Robert, the 2Gs are based off the Avengers, so in a way Chrysler did influence the design of the 2nd generation DSMs, thus why they share a good amount of parts. Dodge Daytonas look like knock off Starions, but fatter, ugly, and fwd lol.