2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse - Click above for high-res image gallery
It turns out the rumors we heard about the languishing Mitsubishi lineup are true. According to Automotive News, Mitsubishi is planning to drop the axe on the entirety of its American-made portfolio of vehicles in order to begin building new global platforms here in the States. That means that the Eclipse, Endeavor and Galant will all be sent to pasture gradually between now and 2014. In their place, Mitsubishi is likely to begin building cars and crossovers off of the Lancer and Outlander bones at the company's Normal, Illinois manufacturing facility. At least some of those vehicles will be hybrid or battery powered.
Mitsubishi has made it clear that the company will offer eight hybrid and battery-powered vehicles by 2015 in a move to be better prepared for rising fuel prices. The company saw a sales increase of around three percent last year, and by 2013 or 2014, the automaker says that it plans to see that figure at 37 percent. That would mean that Mitsubishi would need to move a total of 1.37 million vehicles by that date.
Been stating this for a while it was going to happen.
Lancer platform is excellent, so now build on it to cut costs.
1) small SUV or CUV
2) small coupe (Eclipse replacement)
For Gallant, use the same formula, creating a proper sedan, and SUV on that platform. AWD and FWD is fine, but could keep the Gallant interesting by making it a RWD sedan, and you still can have that SUV AWD.
On this platform you can spawn a pick-up truck, and optional sports car as sales permit.
Lastly hire a good designer.
This was a must for Mitsubishi, and it's good to see they are starting from scratch and rebuilding up on an excellent platform.