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 made a big announcement earlier this month, saying that the automaker would be expanding their future lineup to include a larger variety of model types. Specifically – they will be adding more sedans.
The Japanese carmaker is likely using these new sedan models to fill a void left by the unfortunate departure of the Lancer Evolution line. This popular performance line was recently cut from the Mitsubishi lineup after the carmaker declared it will not be renewed for the next model year. Although, this makes us a bit sad at Don Robinson Mitsubishi, we are excited to see what new sedans Mitsubishi will be bringing on to replace it.
Don Swearingen, the executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America, mentioned in a recent interview that one vehicle will replace the Lancer, while another will be inspired by the Mirage. He did not say, however, how many new sedan models the company would be adding to its collection. We are just glad that Mitsubishi isn’t doing away with sedans for good!
Hopefully, more information will be revealed in the coming months. Would you like to see some new Mitsubishi sedans? Let us know what you think in the comments.