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Mitsubishi Galant/Mitsubishi Galant Grunder/Mitsubishi Grunder/Mitsubishi 380 (PS/PS41). 2003–14 (prod. n/a). 4-door sedan. F/F, 1999 cm³ (I4 DOHC), 2378 cm³ (I4 OHC), 3828 cm³ (V6 OHC). Launched originally in the US for the 2004 model year, PS-platform Galant took literally years to be launched in each market, with Rep. of China getting the Galant Grunder (with different grille and longer front end) in 2004 and Australia its 380 (with yet another grille) in 2005, by which time it had dated. Renamed Grunder in Chinese markets in 2005; off mainland market by 2009. Last Mitsubishi made in Australia as 380 fell short of sales’ targets, ending a long line of Chrysler and Mitsubishi production in that country. Not that successful alongside Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, and never successful in Australia against Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore, which it was pitched against. A plain but well engineered Japanese large car, suffering perhaps from Mitsubishi’s failure to capitalize on economies of scale in its worldwide plants. US model exported to Russia, Ukraine, México and Middle East. US production to August 2012, though Grunder continued with 2·4 in Taiwan.

Manufacturing locations: Normal, Illinois, USA; Taipei, Taiwan, Rep. of China; Fuzhou, China; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Marque: Mitsubishi | Model: Mitsubishi Galant | Predecessors: Mitsubishi Galant (EA), Mitsubishi Magna (1996–2005), Mitsubishi Diamante (1995–2005) | Successor: Nissan Fuga (Y51)

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