Don Swearingen, Executive Vice President at Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., revealed details on the final edition of the brand’s iconic sports sedan, the Mitsubishi Evo X, in an online Q&A session on Jalopnik.
The final edition Evo X will be a GSR 5-speed with more horsepower, suspension tuning and some more changes which are being finalized. The special edition will arrive in June/July 2015 which will mark the end of the Evo X’s journey.
Don Swearingen referred to this special edition Evo X as the “going away edition” and said it will be limited to around 2,000 units. When asked if there would be an Evo XI (a new Evo) in the coming years, he replied that currently the company has no plans for it.
Don Swearingen was also asked about the company’s focus on fleet vehicles. In his response, he said that the company does not want to depend on fleet vehicles to a great extent. Fleet has a huge negative impact on the residuals of cars which affects consumer prices and lease prices. The brand tried focusing on fleet with the Galant but faced nothing but trouble.
Unlike other manufacturers which depend 20-30% on fleet, Mitsubishi now depends less than 10% on fleet. The company is currently focusing on the Mirage sedan, get back into the D segment with a Galant successor, and then a new crossover to replace the Montero.
A concept model of the new Montero will be shown at the Chicago Auto Show next year. A new redesigned Lancer is also in the pipeline. To be profitable, the company plans to focus on the segments in which it can be competitive. The Japanese automaker wants to target young-minded people with families and move forward with electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in the future.
[Source – Jalopnik.com]