Top 10: Mitsubishi's best bits from 40 years in the UK
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) celebrates 40 years in Europe in October 2013, with the first UK-specification cars being unveiled at the 1974 London Motor Show. The Lancer and the Galant were the first products launched, and were sold under the Colt marque, which remained in place until 1982, when it was replaced by the parent company's name.
Since those early days, Mitsubishi went from strangth to strength in the UK, enjoying huge commercial success with the Shogun 4x4 from the early 1980s (it defined a new market sector between Land- and Range Rover, which the Discovery plugged in 1989). It was an early turbo adopter, too, (and not just with the Lancer 2000), and ended up truly capitalising on its all-wheel drive technology in WRC, taking five championships (four Driver’s and one Manufacturer’s), as well as 12 Dakar victories.
Enjoy our top 10 gallery of some of the company's landmark cars.
Colt Lancer (1975-1979)
The A70-generation Lancer was first launched in Japan in February 1973, and was a hugely important car in the development of its maker, filling the gap between the Minica and Galant. In its home market, it proved a capable rival to the Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sunny, two cars it was inevitably compared with in the UK when it arrived on our shores two years later. It was a conventionally engineered rear-wheel drive saloon, that majored on equipment, good value and reliability - and was a major factor in establishing the Colt name in the UK.
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