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BY: Bix

Mitsubishi Continues Its Assault On Fun

Eclipse coupe and convertible will be dead by August.

Back in 2003, Mitsubishi seemed like they would be the next go-to car company for cheap, fun cars. The Galant was a surprisingly entertaining family sedan, the Eclipse was a decently playful sports coupe with otherworldly styling, and the Lancer Evolution VIII had finally arrived in the U.S. in all its glory.

Flash forward to 2011, though, and it looks like Mitsubishi's given up on having, being, or involving itself in any way in fun. Not all that long after informing us that the Evo will be taken behind the barn and shot sometime in 2013 (with its name then being passed on to an electrically-powered vehicle of some sort), the company informs us that the Eclipse will be euthanized this August as well, with the Illinois factory where the cars are put together being retooled to build Outlander Sports.

Okay, yeah, the Eclipse hasn't really been anyone's idea of a good time for a decade or so (unless your idea of pleasure is impressing fellow 16-year-old girls), but it's the principle behind the decision that gets us, man. Killing off sports sedans and sport coupes in favor of underpowered sport-utes and electric cars is not an exciting way to run a car company. Well, if they ever feel like climbing back into the fun car business, they know where to find us. And even though they've hurt us...we'll find it in our hearts to forgive them. If they give us something we like. (Yeah, we're cheap like that.) [via AutoWeek]

  • S. Morse says:
    April 25, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I was kind of surprised that the Eclipse stuck around for as long as it did, but it blows they aren't replacing it with something good...

  • eric says:
    April 25, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I wish they had made the 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse Concept E FA. I would have bought one of those.

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