Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X to be axed this year, successor not planned - report

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR special edition
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR special edition

Due to a weak demand

Japanese media is reporting Mitsubishi will kill the Lancer Evolution X towards the end of the year.

If we were to believe Japanese newspaper Nikkan Jidosha Shimbun (Automotive News Daily), production of the Lancer Evolution X will be terminated by the end of 2014. This decision has apparently been taken due to a decreasing demand for the hot sedan and it seems Mitsubishi isn't planning an Evolution XI at all so the model will likely be canned for good.

On sale since 1992 when the original model came out, Mitsubishi managed to deliver 92,000 units in Japan and another 154,000 units worldwide. The most recent iteration of the Evo X is a UK-only special edition called "X FQ-440 MR" which packs a respectable 440 bhp (328 kW) punch from the familiar 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.

Although this latest report indicates a direct replacement is not planned, we should remind you that back in November last year there was a rumor about a hybrid Lancer Evolution but such a model is still a few years off.

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MasterA MasterA
Going out of WRC is the reason for the weak demand.
Mar 30th, 2014 9:23am
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Prestige15 Prestige15
Sad news for a legend rally car being killed off for good This reminds me of Saab
Mar 30th, 2014 1:30am
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E46M3coupe E46M3coupe
I fell in love with Mitsubishi because of the Pajero's and crazy Evo'z man( VI and onwards) I was too much of a chicken to own one though!! I hate to say this but companies like Mitsubishi and Suzuki (the automotive devision) are in real trouble!
Mar 29th, 2014 11:00pm
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NYyanks NYyanks
Not to bash Mitsubishi in any way, shape or form, I think the manufacturer isn't going to last more than another couple of years.
Mar 29th, 2014 8:34pm
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Marco Svelte Marco Svelte
I agree seeing as how they have yet to replace both the gallant and the lancer. In addition, they killed off the eclipse instead of replacing it with the stunning RA concept from a few years ago!
Mar 29th, 2014 9:23pm
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Swifty Swifty
I think that Mitsubishi is never going down, automotive part is not the most important, they have an array of different businesses, they have electricity, elevators, electromotors and generators, they are building ships, they have forklifters and heavy industry machines, they are one of the best air-conditioning manufacturers (those industrial especially), so they are a big conglomerate, with over 300 000 employees and they are comparable in size with some of the biggest in industry, so NO, they are never out of business!
Mar 29th, 2014 10:15pm
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EhEmGee EhEmGee
He means Mitsubishi Motors is going down... and he's right.
Mar 29th, 2014 11:20pm
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Coligny0 Coligny0
MMC (the car branch) is somewhat separate from the entities sharing the same name (including the bank Tokyo Mitsubishi) maybe not for Mitsubishi Fuso trucks, which is quite a big player. Seeing the current alliances, it's more probable that Mitsubishi will become a part of the Renault Nissan Group. Mitsubishi japan already make micro (kei) cars for Nissan in Japan, soon enough Mitsubishi badged Renault luxury cars will start being offered in the US market. Renault and JDM Nissan offering for the 4wd/offroad market is pretty disastrous, so it can be a win win to offer rebadged Pajero, Delica and Outlander.
Mar 31st, 2014 10:52am
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