Its predecessor Colt actually did quite well. The main problem right now with Mitsubishi in the American market is not necessarily its products (though the now-discontinued Eclipse's build quality was not impressive), but simply a serious lack of dealerships....the same problem that shut down Suzuki here. Just like with Suzuki, It's more or less a Catch-22 situation........as its American-market dealerships close up or are absorbed by other franchises, fewer Mitsubishi products are sold......and that, of course, makes it harder for people to GET to a Mitsubishi dealership to actually check out its products in the first place. The solution, IMO, is simply more Mitsubishi dealerships in the U.S. One cannot sell cars without the retail facilities to actually do so.
Colt was not built as 3rd world car though... thats the problem.
You cant have dealerships if you dont have good cars to sell.
Consumer Reports just tested a Mirage in its latest print-edition (I just read it this afternoon), and gave it only 29 points out of 100...the third-worst new car they have tested recently, behind the Smart-for-Two and the Scion iQ.
(For reference, this is a repeat of my post in the other current Mirage thread)
What a sad day for Mitsubishi. The car is truly pathetic in today's marketplace.
Consumer Reports, while noting its smooth ride (by subcompact standards) and good fuel economy (among the best in a non-hybrid/diesel) actually used the term "miserable" in describing this car. That's a pretty strong word for a magazine that prides itself on objectivity and non-bias.
Front end resembles a 20 year old Hyundai Accent. One of the worst cars and designs way back then.
I've got some news for you, if you are not already aware of it. The Hyundai Excel (what the Accent was called in those days) was, in fact, a rebadged Mitsubishi Precis....designed by Mitsubishi. And Hyundai used some Mitsubishi engines even after they started selling their own Korean-designed products here in the U.S.