Mitsubishi is considered one of the biggest industrial groups in Japan, with a strong presence in hatchback, sedan, and SUV segments.
Recently, fuel-economy scandals and dwindling sales have led to a merger between Mitsubishi and Renault-Nissan. Now with a $2.3 billion (34%) stake in Mitsubishi Corporation, Renault-Nissan plans to share, access, and swap technologies with the ailing company. Presently, one of their first goals as partners is to repair the fuel-economy scandal that sent Mitsubishi’s finances into a downward spiral.
Despite its recent misconduct, Mitsubishi still has a strong following in the Philippines. Here are the six most popular Mitsubishi models ranked from the lowest to the highest in fuel efficiency ratings:
6. Mitsubishi Adventure
The Mitsubishi Adventure is considered one of the most popular Asian Utility Vehicles (AUV) in the Philippines. Its 5-door station wagon body style offers a standard 2.5 liter SOHC diesel engine and 5-speed manual transmission.
The first Adventure was released in 1997, and was first manufactured in the Philippines in March 2005. Its newest upgrades boast of updated exteriors, with a more modern and seamless design compared to its predecessors. Timeless and iconic, the Adventure comes in 5 trims: TX, GX, GLX, GLS Sport, and Super Sport.
5. Mitsubishi Pajero
The Mitsubishi Pajero has always been considered a symbol of luxury and power by many Filipinos. Its sleek and elegant exterior fully matches its powerful engine, allowing it to drive in any kind of terrain with relative ease.
First released in 1982, this sports utility vehicle is named after the Pampas cat, which is native to the Patagonia plateau region of southern Argentina. However, the term “pajero” is also a common term of abuse in Latin American Spanish, which easily translates to “wanker.” This is the reason why many alternative names have been used, such as Montero in the North and South Americas and Shogun in the U.K.
4. Mitsubishi Montero Sport
As we’ve said earlier, Mitsubishi Montero is actually Mitsubish Pajero. Montero means “mountain hunter”, which sounds much better than the sexual connotation of “pajero” in Latin American Spanish.
However, don’t be confused if you find both Pajero and Montero sporting a different look. Due to Pajero’s / Montero’s huge success, Mitsubishi has started to create unrelated models using the same names, such as Pajero Mini kei car, the Pajero Junior, Pajero iO/Pinin mini SUVs, and of course, the popular Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero/Shogun Sport.
3. Mitsubishi Lancer
The iconic Mitsubishi Lancer is a compact car that has been in production since 1973. Sadly, this vehicle is going to end its production in August 2017, so you only have a few months left to avail of a brand new Lancer this year.
Keep in mind, however, that the nameplate won’t totally disappear. Due to popular demand, Lancer will continue to be used in Taiwan and mainland China even after 2017. What’s more a new Lancer is set to be launched on the Chinese car market in mid-2017.
Named after “lance”, which is a pole weapon or spear used by mounted warriors and cavalry soldiers, Lancer has sold over 6 million units between 1973 and 2008. It has gone through nine generations of development before its most current and last model this year.
2. Mitsubishi Strada
Mitsubishi Strada is a compact pickup truck that was originally named “Mitsubishi Forte” in Japan. Also known as Mitsubishi Triton, the cumulative sales of Strada’s first three generations have already exceeded 2.8 million units globally. Currently, it’s sold in all markets except in Canada, Japan, U.S., South Korea, and China.
This workhorse can be doubled as a family or lifestyle vehicle, making it a versatile car for all occasions. Its heavily revised exterior styling, technology, and convenience amenities make it almost car-like inside, yet its powerful engine can handle rough terrain like a pro.
1. Mitsubishi Mirage
Mitsubishi Mirage is a subcompact car that has been through a lot of marketing changes in its history. Now in its sixth generation, the Mirage hatchback and G4 sedan variants are now manufactured in the Philippines. Its hatchback version comes in GLX (base) and GLS (top) variants, which can be paired with either a five-speed manual or a CVT automatic. All models are powered by a 1.2-liter engine.
Affordable and fuel-efficient, the Mirage has considerably shed a lot of fat to reduce its weight and increase efficiency. As a result, it now has the lightest body in its class.
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