Originally Posted by gggplaya
If mitsubishi could reinvent the eclipse again, but not make it so ugly like the current generation, keep the price at a level that competes with the focus, corolla, civic etc.. The base model having a ride, handling and performance of economy cars like the focus and civic. But offering a performance model with a stiffer suspension and turbo for brand recognition and street cred. Then the eclipse would sell like hotcakes again. They should go back to that winning formula selling roughly 200,000 eclipse/talons per year consistently from 90-99.
I agree with this. Im not sure how many people know but the Eclipse was the biggest selling sport compact of the 90's. It outsold the Celica, Integra, Probe, 240SX, Prelude. When the Eclipse was at it's pinnacle so was Mitsubishi in the US. Some of the most creative and fun cars of the 90's came from Mitsubishi dealers in the 3000GT, Eclipse, Galant VR4 then Daimler Chrysler came in and stiffled their creativity and the 2000's spawned incredibly boring and anonymous vehicles and when you are a small player in the automotive market you cannot afford to be anonymous or you become Suzuki or Isuzu.
I don't disagree with Mitsubishi going back to small, fuel efficient cars as they are good at it. However then need to bring back the Eclipse but with the spirit of the original. It needs to be go back to being a small, exciting, capable sport compact that is affordable. $35k EVO's aren't enough to bring people into the dealerships. They need an affordable sporty car to resonate with younger buyers like what the WRX did for Subaru in 2002.