We were all heartbroken when we learned that Mitsubishi was ending production of the Lancer Evolution permanently. However, there is a silver lining. Mitsubishi has auctioned off the last production Lancer Evolution to raise money for charity.
The Final Edition Evo is powered by a turbocharged DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine rated at 303 horsepower—the most powerful mass-produced Evolution ever built.
Mitsubishi only produced 1,600 of its Final Edition Evolution model and the US1600 car went to the online auction block on eBay. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Feeding America Riverside & San Bernardino and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
Over the course of seven days, 15 bidders from across the country battled it out to keep the highest bid. In the end, the Final Edition sold for $76,400.
Nicole Suydam, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, said, “Too many people in our community are forced to make hard choices between rent and food, or medicine and food. Mitsubishi’s auction of the final Lancer Evolution will make a big difference in the lives of so many men, women and children who look to us for support every day. We are very grateful for their generosity.”
Here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi, we are sad to see the Lancer Evolution go, but are proud to see Mitsubishi donate this iconic vehicle to such a great cause.
Mitsubishi has been in the U.S. since 1982, and although there have been some rough patches; it appears that Mitsubishi is standing strong in the U.S. Mitsubishi announced on December 26th, 2015 that the company has sold a total of Five Million Mitsubishi Cars in the U.S. That’s an average of about 15,000 cars a year!
Since first appearing in the United States, Mitsubishi had brought many great vehicles to us including the Galant, Montero, and one of our personal favorites, the Mitsubishi Eclipse. Also, we can’t forget the recently retired model the Lancer Evolution. In addition to these great past models, Mitsubishi has great things to come for the brand including the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, a hybrid model, and other 2016 models currently available, such as the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, i-MiEV and Lancer.
In addition to selling over 5 Million cars, Mitsubishi has continually increased sales the last few months. By the last few months, I mean the last 21 months of consecutive increases over the previous year. It is clear that Mitsubishi is finding a permanent home in the U.S. and that the brand is attracting loyal followers that look forward to see what is next!
Here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi, we couldn’t be more excited to see what the next great thing for Mitsubishi is! Until then, stop by and see our great stock of 2016 Mitsubishi models!