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Finally, Mitsubishi has a light car of real susbstance, that lays the Mirage to rest

Mitsubishi logo9 Feb 2005

By MARTON PETTENDY

MITSUBISHI doesn’t flog dead horses. It resurrects Colts. Would you believe the first one dates back to 1964? There was another near the end of that decade, to deal with a little problem known as the Toyota Corolla. Then came the crisply styled Colt III from January 1981 until 1990. That one, manufactured in Adelaide from mid-1982, was charged with holding back the hot-selling original Laser. It did well for its parent too. Now, today’s fourth Colt incarnation, taking over the tired but true Mirage, has to help resuscitate Mitsubishi, as well as challenge every baby from the Hyundai Getz to the VW Polo.
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 to 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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