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Colt replaces Mirage as Mitsubihsi's premium-priced light car contender

4 Aug 2004

WE all know times are tough at Mitsubishi Australia for reasons that have been repeatedly chronicled. So it’s nice to write about something positive in the shape of the company’s new mini car, the Colt. An impressive engineering and design job, it deserves to be a success. Mind you, because it is available with only a constantly variable transmission and base pricing starts at $18,990, that success won’t be in the mega-sales bracket. Nevertheless, those who do venture the Colt’s way are likely to be impressed by its driving behaviour and sheer user-friendliness.
Model release date: 1 September 2004 to 1 December 2005

Previous model

Mitsubishi Mirage

Released: July 1996
Ended: August 2004
Family Tree: Colt

While the original Colt nameplate was first sold Down Under in 1964 - as well as being manuafactured here between 1980 and 1990 - the new Colt, which went on sale in Japan in late 2002, is really Mitsubishi's successor for the three-door Mirage hatch. The CE-series Mirage went on sale here in July, 1996, featuring a 69kW/126Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that continued right up until the latest MY03 version, which was last sold at $17,840. A VR-X version was also offered, albeit with only cosmetic differentiation, between October, 1999, and February, 2001.

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