Mitsubishi Insists on Profaning the Evo

Earlier this month, Mitsubishi shook the performance world, when Gayu Eusegi, the carmaker’s Global Product Director, said that the Evo will become a victim of the company’s future electric vehicle focus. Subsequently, Mitsubishi released a rather vague statment, which informed us that the current generation of the Evo will follow its previously-announced production schedule (with 2013 being the final year). As for the future of the Evolution, the company stated it will change the development pathway of the vehicle. In other words, the Evo will become a follower of the “eco” trend. Today, Mitsubishi’s UK division re-issued the same release, showing that the company is serious about its plan to desecrate the Evo. "We recognise that automakers have a responsibility to take the lead in developing environmental initiatives... Our goal is to become a world leader in the reduction of CO2 emissions on a global scale," said MMC President and Global Chief Executive, Osamu Masuko. “Production of the current Lancer Evolution X continues as planned. As for its successor, regulations and market feedback will dictate its engineering package and architecture. MMC has kept the Lancer Evolution sedan evolving as the brand’s highest performing model in the global market. However, as the markets needs and demands change, MMC is considering not advancing the Lancer Evolution concept in the same way as before, but to find a different direction for the Lancer Evolution model to evolve. The new direction, the technologies involved, and corresponding products will be disclosed in due course," the executive added. We’ll remind you that we’ve created a Facebook Cause (“Mitsubishi, Keep the Evo Alive”), in order to show the carmaker how many people disagree with its plan of diluting the Evolution. Once again, we’re inviting you to lend the Evo a click!
We have to make Mitsu understand that we want Evo-related developments to only be performance-orientated. Sure, an electric toy providing boost would be fun but that would make an already too heavy Evo even fatter. As for the fuel consumption, we don’t think that this sits too high on an Evo buyer’s priorities list.
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