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Mitsubishi 380 (DB 380)

DB 380

Make: Mitsubishi

Model: 380

Released: Jan 1970

Discontinued: May 2006

Mitsubishi logo1 Oct 2005

By THE GOAUTO TEAM

DEVELOPED as part of a $600 million new model and assembly plant upgrade program, the front-wheel drive, four-door, five-seater 380 sedan finally laid the 20-year old Magna nameplate to rest.

The 380 is the Adelaide-based company’s challenge to the fleet-favourite Holden Commodore, Ford Falcon and Toyota Camry and Avalon.

But it’s also in charge of channelling sales from the popular-with-novated leasing Honda Accord Euro, Mazda 6, Subaru Liberty and Nissan Maxima.

Motivated by a new, imported 3.8-litre single cam 24-valve V6 engine, the 380 produces 175kW of power and 343Nm of torque.

Mitsubishi has also prepared models engineered to run on liquid petroleum gas (LPG), especially aimed at fuel-conscious fleet buyers.

Buyers can choose between a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic gearbox.

All models – base, LE, LS, LX, VRX and GT – include twin front and side airbags, climate control air-conditioning, cruise control, power windows, trip computer, steering wheel audio controls, and the latest Bosch 8.0 anti-lock braking system.

However there will be no 380 wagon despite there being a Magna version, as such cars’ sales in recent years have fallen victim to the continuing popularity of light and medium SUVs.

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