Is Mitsubishi preparing to kill off the Lancer Evolution?

Is Mitsubishi preparing to kill off the Lancer Evolution?

For fans of the Mitsubishi Evo, and there are many out there, this news may come as a shock. According to Gayu Eusegi, head of global product development for Mitsubishi, the Lancer Evolution X will be the last Evo the Japanese automaker ever builds.

Why exactly? Well, it’s all about pushing towards electric vehicles and with petrol currently at well over two kiwi dollars a litre it’s starting to make sense.

Evo grim reeper, Eusegi went on to say that the move is part of a shift in strategy to put the company’s product focus and ethos on leadership in EV technology. There have been rumours that the next Evo would be a hybrid but few people thought Mitsubishi could actually kill off a halo model like the Evo.

Eusegi refused any idea that a hybrid Evo is in the works saying, “Maybe the world can change, and maybe someday we can do a motor race by electric vehicles. Maybe then we can enter the market agian.”

Mitsubishi are choosing to look on the bright side and claim that consumers will respect the idea and get behind the brand. By sacrificing the Evo, Mitsubishi is making its intentions plain to an increasingly environmentally-conscious car-buying public.

So what’s next for Mitsubishi? The Japanese car maker plans to release eight fully-electric or hybrid-electric cars by 2015, and try to win a large portion of the CO2-reduction market share. By 2015, it seems that fuel-guzzling performance cars like the Mitsubishi Evo will be dinosaurs on the verge of extinction, especially being based on a rally car that no longer exists.

The good news is that there are people out there who think Eusegi may mean that an Evo that relies entirely on internal combustion is dead and a hybird performance car is still on the cards for Mitsubishi. Who knows what the future holds, but for now the ground underneath the Mitsubishi Evo is looking very shaky.

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