Mitsubishi addresses Lancer Evolution rumors on Facebook
After the internet exploded yesterday with the news that Mitsubishi would discontinue the popular performance oriented Lancer Evolution, the Mitsubishi and Evolution communities were abuzz with support for the high performance all wheel drive sedan. One particular venue populated with the cries of the Evo faithful was the official Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Facebook page, with pages and pages of fans posting their thoughts, concerns and ideas on the future of the Evo.
This morning, Mitsubishi addressed the discussions about the demise of the Evolution with this short, simple comment:
Further to some comments published in the press recently, production of the current Lancer Evolution continues as planned. As for its successor, regulations and market feedback will dictate its engineering package & architecture. Stay tuned.
Basically, Mitsubishi is pointing out that the current production of the Evolution X is continuing as planned but the future of the Evo depends on the direction of the auto industry. Unfortunately, with gas prices once again on the rise and rumors of Mitsubishi wanting to shift the focus of the company to super-efficient electric vehicles, the future of the Evolution is bleak.
While the market and Mitsubishi’s direction towards electric vehicles doesn’t seem to offer a very bright future of the high performance Evolution, the massive public outcry from Evo fans from around the world could help the automaker decide how to handle the future of the vehicle. That being said, if you are a fan of the Evo and want to see it live on, posting rational comments on websites like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Facebook page could sway the company. I’m not saying that going to Facebook and demanding that Mitsubishi make an Evolution XI will guarantee that the model will survive but with enough enthusiasm, the company may find a way to keep the Evo in the lineup. Click here for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Facebook page.
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