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Top 10: Mitsubishi's best bits from 45 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.

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Mitsubishi Lancer 2000EX Turbo (1982-1987)

In 1982, Colt became Mitsubishi, and its flagship performance model in the UK was the Lancer 2000EX Turbo, a 168bhp rear-wheel drive saloon designed especially for rallying. Although we didn't know it at the time, it would end up being the precursor of the famed Evo models. The chiselled styling was improved drastically by the full-depth chin spoiler with reverse ‘2000 Turbo’ badging, BMW 2002 style.

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