El Destructo Inc wrote:
I think the Starion was a pretty cool car
As do I....
As I understand it though, Mitsubishi as a company was not in trouble, it seemed to be the the carline that is in trouble. I find it strange the Mitsu would consider selling off a controling interest in its car line, the parent corporation has more than enough money to back a falling company and I would think some technology/platform sharing would make more sense.
Also as far as there succesfull cars not having succesors....seems in the us they do.
The Mirage begat the Lancer, which is a GREAT car still and one of the few good cars you can get for les then 15k
The eclipse is still kicking, albeit not in the original form, but still a 2+2 sports coupe that appeals to a younger crowd.
The Montero Sport is gone...but have you driven in a new Outlanderor? You wil quickly forget the Mont Sport and its 20k mile balljoints and control arms.
Fullsize Montero? Well its time past... Americans stopped buying fullsize SUV's anyway and it was not worth a redesign. The Endeavor fits much better with current auto trends, Mazda CX7, Toyota Venza, etc...
I think its a solid car line, just suffers from poor marketing and an undeserved bad public image. They have a 10 year warranty now and great finance deals.
I may be biased a bit as there has been at least one Mitsu in my driveway since '99 and my sister drives an '09 Lancer, but I like them, and would not feel right with out at least one arond!