Marketed under various names around the globe, the Mitsubishi Lancer has long been a staple of Mitsubishi’s model lineup, selling over six million units between its launch in 1973 and 2008, spanning nine generations. Now, however, production of the Lancer is ending this upcoming August after a nearly-45-year run. Join us as we celebrate Mitsubishi Lancer history over the years as it approaches the end of its run.
In February of 1973, the original Mitsubishi Lancer launched to fill a gap between what was termed the Minica kei car and the Galant. By 1975, there were five available body styles: a two- and four-door sedan, two-door coupe, five-door station wagon, and the Lancer Celeste hatchback. Over the years, the design was streamlined to be more aerodynamic, and newer iterations came with more performance prowess, causing it to sell well in Europe. In the 1980s and 1990s, the Lancer’s body was derived from the Mitsubishi Mirage, with the Mirage being the hatchback variant while the Lancer was solely a sedan.
In 2005, the last generation of the Mitsubishi Lancer was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show as the Concept X model. The Lancer and Lancer Evolution X shortly after made their way to the USA.
The Lancer’s history spans several decades, and we at Mountaineer Mitsubishi are happy to still have it on our lot while supplies last.by