The Mitsubishi brand began making vehicles in 1917 with the introduction of its own Model A in Japan. Since then, Mitsubishi cars has had various working relationships with other carmakers including Jeep, Chrysler and most recently PSA Peugeot Citroen. The 2012 Mitsubishi i took first place in the annual EPA guide to fuel economy. In this case, the guide had to be permanently adjusted to include the i electric which does not use gasoline.
Current models include the Mitsubishi Lancer, a compact sedan, and its alter-ego the Lancer Sportback. The Galant is a midsize sedan. The Eclispse is the hardtop sports coupe that could easily pass as a luxury race car. The Spyder is a sexy convertible. The Outlander is Mitsubishi’s largest offering. This crossover also has an alter-ego. The Outlander Sport offers extra driving pleasures and often ranks at the top of Mitsubishi’s sales in the United States.
Mitsubishi ranks as the 16th largest vehicle manufacturer in the world. It has plants in seven countries including the United States, where there are about 400 licensed dealers. Thanks to its emphasis on electric vehicle viability, Mitsubishi has been on the front pages of car magazines and consumer guides.
5 things you didn’t know about Mitsubishi:
- Been named #1 on the Annual “Greenest Vehicles” List by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
- Been named to EPA’s list of “Fuel Economy Leaders”
- Seen sales of the Outlander Sport dominate the U.S. Mitsubishi sales market
- Moved production of the Outlander Sport to its Bloomington, Indiana, plant to help accommodate the Sport’s popularity
- Developed Super All Wheel Control for its Lancer Evolution to create a sedan with a sports car drive-ability
Most popular Mitsubishi models
The 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is an electric car with a futuristic look and feel. It is less expensive than many of its hybrid competitors, especially with the federal tax credit. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Mitsubishi agree that the electric motor generates enough power to equal 99 mpg in the city and 126 miles per gallon on the highway. That’s a combined equivalent gas mileage of 112. That’s what made it number one on the EPA’s list.
The Lancer Evolution has typical sedan seating with an extraordinary all wheel drive system that helps make it more of a sports car. The Active Center Differential is enhanced by a front helical gear slip differential and an Active Yaw Control rear differential. This allows it to take curves like a typical, but much smaller sports car. Electronic traction control and Electronic Brake Distribution help it maintain balance even at higher rev rates.