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Mitsubishi Galant
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Stylish mid-sized range, supposedly a new concept for Mitsubishi, débuting under the Colt Galant moniker in 1969. Colt name disappeared as New Galant appeared in 1973, with mid-Atlantic styling, as Mitsubishi pursued US sales via Chrysler. Successive Galants followed from the mid-1970s, divided into two ranges—Galant Σ for sedans and wagons and Galant Λ for the two-door—till the latter was deleted in 1983.

The Λ was in fact a personal–luxury car from Mitsubishi, based on the Σ platform. It was exported to the US as Dodge Challenger or Plymouth Sapporo, and other countries with various other names, including Mitsubishi Sapporo or Chrysler Sigma Scorpion. Its underpinnings were eventually used on the Mitsubishi Starion.

A shift to front-wheel drive came in 1983, and the Σ tag was dropped in 1987 with a distinctive, more upright new model, which included a famous rallying model, the VR-4. By the 1990s, Galant remained dynamically competent but less distinctive, though the 1996 model was notable for having gasoline direct injection. In 2003, a wider ninth-generation model was launched in the US, though many countries, including Japan, soldiered on with the eighth till the Galant line ended in the domestic market in 2005. Ninth-generation Galants continued to be offered in various markets in to the early 2010s, but the model line was largely neglected and not directly replaced. A Lancer replacement, the Galant Fortis, was launched in Japan, keeping the Galant name alive in the domestic market.

Marque: Mitsubishi | Predecessors: Mitsubishi Colt, Mitsubishi Magna, Mitsubishi Diamante, Mitsubishi Lancer | Successors: Mitsubishi Starion, Mitsubishi Proudia, Mitsubishi Lancer

q.v. Chrysler Sigma, Mitsubishi Sigma, Dodge Colt

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