The Mitsubishi Lancer was a compact Sedan Car which is manufactured by the Japanese automaker Mitsubishi since 1973. It has been marketed as the Colt Lancer, Dodge Colt, Chrysler Valiant Lancer, Chrysler Lancer, Eagle Summit, Hindustan Lancer, Soueast Lioncel, and Mitsubishi Mirage in various countries at different times, and has been sold as the Mitsubishi Galant Fortis in Japan since 2007.
The first Lancer was unvield in February 1973. It served to fill the gap between the Minica kei car and the larger Mitsubishi Galant. The sporting 1600 GSR model began the Lancer long and successful rally history, winning the Safari Rally twice and the Southern Cross Rally four times.
In 1979, the all new Lancer EX was launched in Japan. Its new, clean and aerodynamic styling with integrated plastic bumpers reflected that of the recently introduced Galant and Sapporo. It was of a more European appearance than earlier Mitsubishis thar was Considerably more spacious, it grew in all dimensions and Only two engines were offered at first, a 1.4-liter MCA-JET equipped engine paired with Mitsubishi's Silent Shaft Technology, which generated 80 PS (59 kW) and a 1.6-liter engine that generated 85 PS (63 kW).
Between 1988 and 2000, the Lancer in Japan derived from the subcompact Mirage—itself sold in many export markets under the name Mitsubishi Colt. Mitsubishi had originally launched the Mirage in 1978 as a front-wheel drive Hatchback, with a sedan variant later released in 1982—and a version of which sold in Japan as Lancer Fiore. Five generations of Mirage were manufactured by Mitsubishi up until 2003, with new generations released in 1983, 1987, 1991, and 1995. It was not until 1988—with the 1979 to 1987 Lancer now departed—that the Mirage-based Lancer eschewed the Fiore suffix.
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