Mitsubishi barely registers on many car buyer’s shopping lists. So Mitsubishi is planning on fixing that by focusing on new small cars that will be sold worldwide, but at the expense of its current lineup.
The future of the Galant, Eclipse and Endeavor is not clear since Mitsubishi’s current top priority is a new global small car that will on sale by the end of 2012. Until the new small car debuts Mitsubishi has no other model changes or introductions planned. The only two models on the horizon are the Outlander Sport that will debut this fall and the i-MiEV electric vehicle that will be released in late 2011.
The Lancer is Mitsubishi’s best-selling model in the US, so obviously that model is safe. But the slow selling Galant is expected to be replaced or dropped by the end of 2012. The Eclipse also shares the same platform as the Galant and it may also be dead in a few years. The Endeavor is Mitsubishi’s largest crossover, but sales have been slow, so expect that model to be dead as well.
The Galant, Eclipse, Eclipse Spyder and Endeavor are all produced at Mitsubishi’s plant in Normal, Ill. Mitsubishi is currently deciding what will be built at the plant in the future.