Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Safety and danger in the pits

A highly charged competitive environment compressed into a narrow pit lane where cars share space with crew members and where raw fuel is in close proximity to red hot engines and exhausts makes for a potentially lethal combination.
But while no-one can deny that a Formula One pit lane is a fundamentally unsafe environment, strict safety rules play their part in keeping things under control. These include the following:
  • Pit lane speed limit: The speed limit during pit stops is 60 km/h during practice and qualifying, 80 km/h during the race (60 km/h at Monaco). This limit was introduced in 1994 after a mechanic was injured in the Imola pit lane.
  • Rules against going in reverse: Reversing in the pit lane is prohibited. If a car needs to be moved backwards, the crew must push it.
  • Restriction on numbers of personnel in the pit lane: The crew of the competing cars are only allowed out of their garages and into the pit lane on the lap preceding their car�s pit stop. Other than officials, these are the only people allowed in the pit lane during the race. After the stop, they must return to their garages.
  • Fire-resistant clothing: All pit crew members wear fire-resistant Nomex suits similar to those used by the drivers. These suits can withstand heat of up to 800 degree C for 12 seconds. In addition, the pit crew must wear full-face crash helmets for further protection from fire.
  • Limited fuel pressurisation: Fuel delivery is limited to 12 litres per second, outlawing the high-pressure refuelling used in previous years. This rate of delivery produces a limited pressure that reduces the chances of spillage and fuel nozzle or rig failure compared to the old high pressure systems.
  • Standardised safety valves for rigs, hoses, and fillers: In addition to the dead man�s handle on the fuel rig (this handle ensures that fuel flow stops the moment pressure is released on the handle) the inlet valves and fillers are standardised and designed in such a way as to prevent leakage of inflammable vapours. A two-way system equalises pressure as the fuel is delivered.
  • Things can still go wrong though, as demonstrated by Ferrari in the 2003 Austrian Grand Prix when flames erupted from the filler of Michael Schumacher�s car during a routine stop. This was later traced to a faulty seal.

Pit Stop Crews

  • Two men at each wheel who work in concert to change the tyres
  • A front jack man who raises the front end of the car
  • A rear jack man who raises the rear of the car and restarts the motor if it stalls
  • A lollipop man, who drops the lollipop in front of the car to signal where it should stop
  • Three refuellers (including one on stand-by) who add the necessary fuel
  • Two fire extinguisher men who stand by in case of a fire
  • Maybe a visor cleaner (some drivers prefer not to have one) who wipes the visor of the driver�s helmet In addition, a team manager usually oversees the whole operation.
That leaves a couple of spare pit crew to do any changes to the car such as wing settings. With the exception of the team manager, the pit crew usually double up as mechanics. No formal qualifications exist that specify who can or can�t be a member of the pit crew, but crew members are invariably fully trained as mechanics. The lollipop man is often the chief mechanic. During a pit stop these folks move in high gear. Each has a job to do and must do it quickly and well.
Between pit stops the pit crew gets to sit down in the pit garage and watch the race on the monitors. They swear when their driver messes up or make rude signs at the screen when he�s not assertive enough in dealing with another driver. They make friendly banter with each other. This is one of the few chances they get over the whole weekend to relax.

Pit Stop Basics

Pit stops have become one of the most tense and exciting features of a Grand Prix, and races are frequently won and lost in this high pressure environment. Amazingly for a sport that is all about speed, for between 7 and 12 seconds (the time of an average pit stop), a stationary car becomes the focus of all attention, the most interesting thing that is happening in the race. The pit stop has also emphasised the team play aspect of Formula One making individual team members such as jack men and refuellers highly visible as part of a winning effort. Most of all, the pit stop has underlined the intellectual challenge of Formula One racing. The reason is that race strategies based on the timing and number of pit stops have assumed greater significance, and pit stops can have a huge effect on the outcome of the race. Pit stops are an intrinsic part of modern Formula One. They aren�t compulsory, but dividing the race into stints punctuated by pit stops and thereby having a relatively small amount of fuel on board at any given time is by far the fastest way to get a car through a Grand Prix race distance. This advantage is amplified by the fitting of new tyres during a refuelling stop. There is never any question of whether to have a pit stop or not. The only question is how many.
The pits is the name of the area between the race track and the garages where the team are based for the duration of the race. This area is called the pits because originally, in the dim and dusty past, there was a pit dug out of the track surface where the team personnel would sit and signal their drivers. Originally only this actual pit delineated the working area from the race track. In more modern times, the areas have been separated by a pit wall, and it is now in this area that the selected team members � usually the team principal and two or three race strategists � base themselves during the race. Across the other side of the pit lane the rest of the team � engineers, data loggers, and pit crew � sit in the team garages.

Mercedes SLK undisguised

Gotcha! Here are the best pictures yet of Mercedes� next SLK. Spied testing in Germany, these latest shots reveal almost every detail of the newcomer�s styling.

Penned by design boss Gorden Wagener, the SLK refines the successful two-door folding metal hardtop bodystyle that debuted way back in 1997. The all-new third generation car gets a prominent nose that�s clearly inspired by Mercedes� range-topping SLS AMG supercar, while the swept-back headlights owe much to the latest CLS that will debut at the Paris Motor Show.

In profile, the SLK looks very similar to its predecessor, albeit with a new crease which runs from the front wing indicator back into the doors to add a little extra visual drama. Once again, the SLK features a two-piece retractable roof .

At the rear, the SLK features an angular bootlid, which is similar to that sported by the current E-Class Coupe, flanked by LED taillights. The newcomer also gets trapezoidal exhaust pipe tips.

On the inside, the design will be influenced by the SLS. A minimalist design and retro air vents are likely to feature, along with the firm�s clever AirScarf neck warmers built into the seats.

Under the bonnet, the SLK gets a new range of engines. The entry level SLK200 will get the 201bhp 1.8-litre CGI petrol, while the convertible gets diesel power for the first time, courtesy of the 201bhp 2.4-litre CDI unit from the E-Class. ??The 300 V6 model is discontinued, but the SLK350 gains the revised 302bhp direct injection V-Series 3.5-litre V6. A performance version is likely to be offered, which may be powered by AMG's hotly anticipated twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 which produces around 465bhp.


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Watch Burning Man Live NOW!!! - via Ustream

Watch Burning Man Live NOW!!! - via Ustream
I just added a live  burning man feed via ustream for those of us that decided to stay home and avoid the 7 deadly hassles. Cant wait to post more mutant vehicles from this years event.

New Lancia Stratos Review

Resurrection of the legendary rally car, Lancia Stratos seemed not just a rumor. New Lancia Stratos has now been officially introduced.

New Lancia Stratos is a unique-shaped compact car with a mid-engine sports the short wheelbase.

Stratos is the initiation of the resurrection of a personal project Stoschek Michael, a successful businessman who heads the fifth largest supplier of automotive components in Germany.

In terms of appearance, New Stratos was designed to truly be a prototype of Lancia Startos. Although the overall color carbon black, unlike the legends who dominated the red and white Marlboro.

New Stratos based off the Ferrari F430 and body made entirely of carbon fiber, allowing the power-to-weight ratio was less than five pounds per dk and 50:50 weight distribution.

Stratos tested in the circuit. However, not yet known whether this car is really only going to produce one unit only, or at least be a limited edition with a small production, there is going to depend on the demand and production cost.

New Stratos body completely made of carbon fiber.

Stratos new (black) side by side with old Stratos.

New Lancia Stratos Review

Resurrection of the legendary rally car, Lancia Stratos seemed not just a rumor. New Lancia Stratos has now been officially introduced.

New Lancia Stratos is a unique-shaped compact car with a mid-engine sports the short wheelbase.

Stratos is the initiation of the resurrection of a personal project Stoschek Michael, a successful businessman who heads the fifth largest supplier of automotive components in Germany.

In terms of appearance, New Stratos was designed to truly be a prototype of Lancia Startos. Although the overall color carbon black, unlike the legends who dominated the red and white Marlboro.

New Stratos based off the Ferrari F430 and body made entirely of carbon fiber, allowing the power-to-weight ratio was less than five pounds per dk and 50:50 weight distribution.

Stratos tested in the circuit. However, not yet known whether this car is really only going to produce one unit only, or at least be a limited edition with a small production, there is going to depend on the demand and production cost.

New Stratos body completely made of carbon fiber.

Stratos new (black) side by side with old Stratos.

Garden Art Car Goes to Court

88 Oldsmobile Garden Art Car
This garden art car is headed to The U.S. Supreme Court that will consider an appeal next month from the owner of Planet K stores over his long-running battle with the city of San Marcos about his right to display it. In 2007 Michael Kleinman paid two artists to transform this salvage special in front of his store into a painted cactus planter art car. City officials got themselves hot and bothered, claiming the Oldsmobile 88 was in violation of a city ordinance declaring such displays public nuisances. The car was removed and Kleinman is appealing a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in February that found the car-planter to be �ultimately a junked vehicle.�  Good luck with that!! via

Its funny I was going to do a garden art car post a while back and forgotten about it until my dad sent me this article two days ago. As you can see these are just a few of the garden cars I found from around the world. Most are intentional, some natural and the last one is purely accidental. If you like these you might also like the Grass Art Cars also on Art Car Central.
Community garden car on Kensington Garden Art Car in Amsterdam VW Garden Art Car
Belgium Garden Art Car Mercedes Garden Art Car Fiat Garden Art Car
VW Garden Art Car Ford Escort Garedn Car in Slough, Berkshire Vintage Garden Art car in Uruguay
Overgrown Motorcycle Moss covered bicycle Accidental Garden Toyota Car

Lancer History

First generation (1973-1979)

First generation
First generation Mitsubishi Lancer 2 door
Also called Chrysler Valiant Lancer
Dodge Colt
Production 1973�1979
Celeste: 1975-1981
Body style(s) 2-door sedan
4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
3-door hatchback (Celeste)
Layout FR layout
Platform A142A�A145A
Engine(s) 1.2 l I4
1.6 l I4
1.4 l I4
2.0 l I4
Wheelbase 2,343 mm (92.2 in) (sedan/saloon)
Length 3,981 mm (156.7 in)
Width 1,524 mm (60.0 in)
Height 1,362 mm (53.6 in)
Curb weight 832 kg (1,830 lb) (approx)[2]
Designer Shinichi Yamamura (design)
Munechika Namba (engineering)[3]

The Lancer (LA series in Australia, where it was called the Chrysler Valiant Lancer initially) was first launched in January 1973 and proved to be particularly successful in rallies, a claim that it retains to this day. At the time of its launch, Mitsubishi had the Minica kei car and the compact Galant, so the Lancer served to fill the gap in the small to lower-medium segment of the growing Japanese market. Twelve models were launched, ranging from a basic 1.2 L sedan to a more powerful rally-derived 1600 GSR model.

In some Latin American countries, as for example, in El Salvador the car initially was known as the Dodge Lancer.

There were four body styles, 2-door and 4-door sedans, a 2-door hardtop coupe and a rarely seen 5-door station wagon.


Pre-facelift Lancer Celeste

In February 1975, the Lancer was complemented by a hatchback coup� called the Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste (A70-series). It was also called the Mitsubishi Celeste or Colt Celeste in some markets; and sold as the Chrysler Lancer Coup� in Australia, the Dodge Lancer Celeste in El Salvador, the Plymouth Arrow in the United States), and the Dodge Arrow in Canada.

The Celeste was originally available with 1.4 L and 1.6 L options, a 2.0 L model was added later. The 1979-80 Plymouth "Fire Arrow" came with the large 2,555 cc four-cylinder, but strangled by American emissions regulations it only offered 105 hp,[4] no more than the Japanese market 2000 GT. After receiving a facelift in July 1977, the Lancer Celeste received square headlights and new bumpers, also gaining a new modelcode (A140-series).[5] Production of the Lancer Celeste ended in 1981, it was replaced by the front-wheel drive Cordia in early 1982.

First generation facelift (1979-1983)

1980 LC Lancer

A facelifted Lancer followed soon in 1979, called the LB series in Australia (without the Valiant tag). It was this series that emerged in the United States as the Dodge Colt for the 1977 model year, taking over from a badge-engineered Mitsubishi Galant from the previous year. It was offered for one more model year before the Dodge Colt name was transferred to the front wheel drive Mitsubishi Mirage.

Second generation (1979-1988)

Second generation
1987 1600 GT Lancer EX
Production 1979�1988
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
Layout FR layout
Platform A172A�A176A
Engine(s) 4G62 1.8 L SOHC Turbo I4
4G62 1.8 L SOHC I4
4G33 / 4G12 1.4 L SOHC I4
4G32 1.6 L SOHCl4
4G11 1.2 L SOHC l4
4G63 2.0 L OHC Turbo l4 (EX 2000 Turbo)
Transmission(s) 4-speed manual
5-speed manual
Automatic (1400/1600 - GL/XL, 1800 SE)
Wheelbase 2,440 mm (96.1 in)
Length 4,230 mm (166.5 in)
Width 1,620 mm (63.8 in)
Height 1,380�1,390 mm (54.3�54.7 in)
Curb weight 1,170�1,295 kg (2,600�2,850 lb)
Designer Aldo Sessano (design)
Rakuzo Mitamura (engineering)[3]

In 1979, the Lancer EX was unveiled in Japan. Only two engines were offered at the time, a 1.4 L MCA-JET equipped engine paired with Mitsubishi's Silent Shaft Technology, which generated 80 hp (60 kW) and a 1.6 L engine that generated 85 hp (63 kW) and 100 hp (75 kW). The MCA-JET system was an entirely new concept when compared with the previously used carburetor system. The MCA stands for Mitsubishi Clean Air which meant that the EX passed both Japan and US emission standards, while the new cylinder head design of the engine gave way for a Jet valve which introduced an extra swirl of air to the combustion chamber, swirling the fuel-air mixture for a cleaner, efficient and more thorough burn.

In addition to these improvements, another breakthrough in the Lancer lineup was the Silent Shaft Technology, which was actually two counterbalancing shafts that rotated in opposite directions, cancelling the power pulses inherent in an inline 4 cylinder engine. This reduced both engine noise and vibration, and provided a smoother driving experience. The 1.8 L Sirius 80 engines were then introduced in the Lancer in 1980, along with a new 70 hp (52 kW), 1.2 L engine a year later, providing a broader range of engines for the Mitsubishi's Lancer. Also, a turbocharged, 135 PS (99 kW; 133 hp) engine was added in 1980 for sportier performance, and an Intercooler system was also integrated in the existing turbocharged engine to produce 165 PS (121 kW; 163 hp) in 1983.

Lancer EX 1800GSR and GT Turbo

In 1980, The Lancer EX was introduced with a 1.8 L turbocharged 4-cylinder option known as the 1800GSR and GT Turbo. The first generation 1800GSR and GT were only available with a turbocharged, non-intercooled 135 PS (99 kW; 133 hp). However, in 1983, an intercooler was introduced, helping the turbocharged mill to produce 160 PS (118 kW; 158 hp)..

Japan model and trim levels

  • 1400SL - 4-door sedan powered by a 1.4L engine, with a 4-speed Manual Transmission. 5-speed was also introduced. (1979-1987)
  • 1200SL - Same as the SL, with a 1.2L engine option. (1979-1983)
  • 1400GL - 3-speed Automatic version of the SL (1979-1983)
  • 1400SL A/T - Same as the GL, with minor changes. (1983-1987)
  • 1600XL - 4-door sedan powered by a 1.6L engine, with a 3-speed Automatic Transmission. (1979-1983)
  • 1600GSR - 4-door sedan powered by a 1.6L engine with twin carbs, with a 5-speed Manual Transmission. (1981-1983)
  • 1600XL Super - Same as the XL, with minor changes. (1983-1987)
  • 1800SE - 4-door sedan powered by a 1.8L producing 100 hp (75 kW) engine, and available with a 5-speed Manual Transmission or a 3-speed Automatic Transmission. (1981-1983)
  • 1800GSR Turbo - 4-door sedan powered by a turbocharged 1.8L engine producing 135 PS (99 kW), with aesthetic upgrades.(1981-1983)
  • 1800GT Turbo - Same as the GSR, but with a different body trim. (1981-1983)
  • 1800GSR Turbo Intercooler - Intercooled version of the first turbo version, producing 160 PS (118 kW), and with minor changes to the aesthetics. (1983-1987)
  • 1800GT Turbo Intercooler - Same as the GSR Turbo Intercooler, again with different body trim. (1983-1987)
  • 1800GSL Turbo - Same as the GSR Turbo Intercooler, only it used the engine from the GSR/GT Turbo, and equipped with a 3-speed Automatic Transmission, and with a more luxurious interior. Along with an AM/FM Multi-Cassette Stereo System. (1983-1987)

Lancer EX 2000 Turbo

Rally Version of the Lancer EX 2000 Turbo

In Europe, the Lancer EX was offered with a turbocharged 2.0 L 4�cylinder engine known as the Lancer EX 2000 Turbo. It was the first Lancer to use the very first 4g63 engine which was then used in succeeding models such as the Galant VR-4 and the Lancer Evolution I to IX.

It achieved a maximum output of 168 bhp (125 kW) and manages a top speed of 125 mph (201 km/h) and a quarter mile time of less than 15.5 s. A new feature on this model is that it is equipped with ECI or Advanced Electronically-Controlled Fuel Injection which gave the Lancer more power and outstanding fuel economy as it did 23.0 mpg in city driving and 28.8 to 37.2 mpg in highway driving. A rally version of the Lancer EX 2000 Turbo was made for the 1000 Lakes Rally that gave out 280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp). Sales of this model were low because of emission regulations Japan imposed at that time.

Philippines (1979-1989)

In The Philippines, the Lancer EX (which is popularly known as the Box Type Lancer) was offered with three variants. These variants are the SL, GSR, and GT. All engines were equipped with the Silent Shaft Technology (the SL had the 1.4 L while the GSR and GT had 1.6 L) and soon after, Automatic was available for SL and GSR variants. Sales stopped in 1989 since it was to be replaced by the Fourth generation Lancer.

Model and trim levels

  • SL - Base Model. 4-door sedan powered by a 1.4L engine with a 4-speed Manual Transmission and later introduced with the 1.2 L engine (4G11) alongside with the 3-speed Automatic Transmission
  • GSR - Mid Range Model. 4-door sedan powered by a 1.6L engine with a 5-speed Manual Transmission. 3-speed Automatic Transmission along with a 1.8L engine option (4G62 - carb ver.) was then introduced.
  • GT - Limited Edition version with the Lancer EX Turbo Bodykit, 14" alloy rims, and same 1.6L engine.

Other markets

The Lancer EX (the Lancer name was used, and excluding Japan) was sold throughout the Asia and the Pacific (Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Australia, New Zealand). It was also sold in South America.

Engines used


  • ECI turbocharged SOHC 1997 cc (2.0L) I4, 170 hp (127 kW)


  • ECI turbocharged SOHC 1795 cc (1.8L) I4, 160 hp (119 kW)
  • ECI turbocharged (Non-Intercooled) SOHC 1795 cc I4, 135 hp (101 kW)
  • Carb SOHC 1795 cc I4, 100 hp (75 kW)


  • Carb SOHC 1597 cc (1.6L) I4, 85 hp (63 kW)


  • Carb "MCA-Jet" SOHC 1410 cc (1.4L) I4, 80 hp (60 kW)


  • Carb SOHC 1244 cc (1.2L) I4, 54 hp (40 kW)

Third generation: Lancer Fiore (1982-1983)

Lancer Fiore (Third generation)
Also called Mitsubishi Colt Sedan
Mitsubishi Lancer, Lancer F
Mitsubishi Mirage Saloon
Production 1982�1983
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive
Platform A155A/A156A
Engine(s) 1.2 L Orion 4G11 I4
1.4 L Orion 4G12 I4 (NA or Turbo)

In January 1982, a special model was launched called the Lancer Fiore, also known as third version of the Lancer, based on the A15#-series Mitsubishi Colt/Mirage. It's introduction coincided with the Mirage II facelift, from which the Fiore benefitted too. The Fiore was often sold as a Lancer in international markets, and also as the Mirage Saloon in Japan. In Australia, it would eventually be sold as the Mitsubishi Colt Sedan although cosmetically different. Thus, Mitsubishi had two similarly sized models competing in the same market segment, sometimes even while sharing the "Lancer" badge.

Later, Australian built Lancer Fiore (labelled "Colt")

It was available in the home market with 1,244 and 1,410 cc iterations of the familiar Orion, putting out 72 and 82 hp (53 and 60 kW).[6] A 105 hp (77 kW) 1400 GT Turbo was added in September 1982.[7]

The Lancer Fiore/Third generation was discontinued in October 1983 with the introduction of the fourth generation, a mere two years after its original launch. Production continued in Australia until 1990 (alongside the hatchback version), but labelled as "Mitsubishi Colt". The RWD Lancer EX outlasted it in most markets though.

Fourth generation (1983-1988)

Fourth generation
Lancer 4gen.jpg
Also called Mitsubishi Mirage
Production 1983�1988
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
Layout Front engine, front/four-wheel drive
Platform C11A�C14A, C18A
Engine(s) 1,298 cc Orion 4G13 I4
1,468 cc Orion 4G15 I4
1,597 cc Saturn 4G32 I4
1,755 cc Saturn 4G37 I4 (4WD)
1,795 cc Sirius 4D65 I4
Related Proton Saga
Proton Iswara

With the introduction of the C10 series, the Mirage Saloon and Lancer Fiore (just Lancer in the export) remained the same car. The new Lancer Fiore incorporated the latest in computer control engine technology including an electronic fuel injection for its high performance 1.6-litre turbocharged engine with a power output of 120ps. For the fuel conscious, a 1.8-litre "Sirius" diesel engine was added as well as the new 1.5-litre MD (Modulated Displacement) engine which was developed by Mitsubishi Motors and introduced to the market for the first time.

1987 Mitsubishi Lancer Station Wagon
Mitsubishi Mirage CX Wagon 4WD

In 1985, the Lancer Wagon/Cargo (also marketed as the Mirage Wagon/Van) was introduced to address expanding user needs and to extend the versatility of the Lancer lineup. It had rather unusual, diagonal taillights. The following year saw the addition of a full-time four wheel drive Wagon version, with a 1.8-litre engine. This model went on to become very popular in both the commercial and private sectors overseas as well as in Japan. Since there was no wagon version of the fifth generation Mirage/Lancer, production of this one continued until 1991.

This model formed the basis of the original Proton sedan, the Saga, which was still in production until early 2008. However, in the Philippines, this generation of Lancer was not sold through Mitsubishi dealers.

Fifth generation (1988-1991)

Fifth Generation
1992�1996 Mitsubishi Lancer (CC) GL 5-door hatchback (Australia)
Production 1988�1991
Body style(s) 3-door hatchback
4-door sedan
5-door hatchback
Layout Front engine, front-/four-wheel drive
Platform C61A�C65A
Wheelbase 2,455 mm (96.7 in)
Related Mitsubishi Mirage
Mitsubishi Chariot/Space Wagon/Expo
Dodge/Plymouth Colt
Eagle Summit
Eagle Vista
Designer Masaru Furukawa (design)
Yasukichi Akamatsu (engineering)[3]

In 1988, a more aerodynamic-looking Lancer was launched, following the shape of the Galant. A five-door hatchback was added to the range. The Mirage and Lancer nomenclature continued. The station wagon continued on the old platform and shape, as did, in some markets, a five-door version of the Mirage. In Australia, all models were sold as the Mitsubishi Lancer, initially designated as the CA series and from 1990 as the CB. By that time, the Lancer name was shared with the Dodge Lancer sold in North America. The sedan was sold as the Mirage Aspire in Japan.

In some markets a 'van' model was produced, being the three-door hatchback without rear side windows (attracting a reduced sales tax in the Dutch market).

In the Philippines, the Fifth generation lancer is also known as "Lancer singkit". "Singkit" is a Tagalog word that describes the typical almond-shape that the epicanthic fold gives the eyes of East Asians. It is a reference to the shape of the headlamps and turn signals which taper at the sides. The headlamps of the previous generation were rectangular in comparison.

Sixth generation (1991-1995)

Sixth generation
1995�1996 Mitsubishi Lancer (CC) GLXi coupe (Australia)
Production 1991�1995
Body style(s) 2-door coupe (Mirage based)
4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
Layout Front engine, front-/four-wheel drive
Platform CB2A�CB4A-CD9A
Engine(s) 1.3 L SOHC I4
1.5 L SOHC I4
1.5 L DOHC I4
1.6 L SOHC I4
1.6 L DOHC V6
1.8 L SOHC I4
1.8 L DOHC I4
1.8 L DOHC Turbo I4
2.0 L SOHC I4 Turbo Diesel
Transmission(s) 3-speed automatic
4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,500 mm (98.4 in) (sedan)
2,440 mm (96.1 in) (coupe)
Related Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Carisma
Mitsubishi Mirage
Mitsubishi Chariot/Space Wagon/Expo
Dodge/Plymouth Colt
Eagle Summit
Eagle Vista
Proton Wira
1993�1996 Mitsubishi Lancer (CC) Executive sedan (Australia)
1995�1996 Mitsubishi Lancer (CC) GLXi coupe (Australia)

It was only in 1991 that there was greater differentiation between the Mirage and Lancer. Although both were on the same platform, the Lancer sedan received different sheetmetal from the Mirage four-door. The Mirage variant was sold in North America under the Eagle Summit name. Minivan models, such as the Mitsubishi Space Runner and Mitsubishi Chariot, were mechanically related. In 1993, the Lancer wagon, named the Libero in Japan, was launched.

An electric version was also released named the Libero EV that ran on NiCd batteries. A V6 variant was also introduced with only 1.6 L, making it the smallest mass-produced V6. The high-performance, turbocharged GSR version formed the basis of the contemporary Lancer Evolution (or 'Lancer Evo') from September 1993, using the drivetrain of the successful Galant VR-4 rally car.

The Mirage Asti Coup� in Japan was offered as the Lancer Coup� in many export markets.

The Sixth generation Lancer was rebadged as the Proton Wira sedan and 5-door hatchback models in Malaysia in 1993 with 1.3, 1.5, 1.6 and 1.8 L engine capacities. A short-lived 2.0 L diesel model was also available. Currently, the car has stopped production as one of the longest running Proton models in Malaysia after Proton Saga, which is also based on a previous Lancer model. The Proton Wira was recently replaced by Proton's latest model, the Proton Persona.

Australia (1992�1996)

In Australia, this generation was officially referred to as the CC series.[8] It was sold as a 2-door coupe, as well as a 4-door sedan, wagon and 5-door hatchback (essentially carried over from the previous generation). The GL trim model was the last Lancer to use a carburetor internal combustion engine. The rest of the range used an electronic fuel injection engine. This generation was sold until 1996, when it was replaced by the popular CE series model.

  • GL - 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan and station wagon. Powered by a 1.5 L engine (67 kW)
  • GLXi - 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan and wagon. Powered by a 1.8 L engine (4G93 SOHC - 86 kW) (sold from new with 1.8 instead of 1.6 variant, due to Australia's poor quality "91 octane" fuel)
  • Executive - 4-door sedan and wagon. Powered by a 1.8 L engine (4G93 SOHC - 86 kW)
  • GSR - 4-door sedan. Powered by a turbocharged 1.8 L engine (4G93t DOHC - 141 kW)

Philippines (1993-1996)

Described as Lancer egg (also known as Lancer hotdog type), because of the shape of its body and its rear signal light.

  • EL - 4-door sedan and no tachometer. Powered by a 1.3 L Cyclone Variable Venturi carbureted engine (4G13 SOHC) (59 kW) (Note: if E10 shall be used, consult manufacturer first)
  • GLi - 4-door sedan. Powered by a 1.5 L Cyclone ECI-Multi engine (4G15 SOHC) (66 kW)
  • GLXi - 4-door sedan. Powered by a 1.6 L Cyclone ECI-Multi engine (4G92 SOHC) (86 kW)
  • EX - 4-door sedan. Same specifications as the EL, and released in 1996.

Europe (1992�1996)

  • GLi - 4-door sedan and wagon. Powered by a 1.3 L ECI-Multi engine (4G13 SOHC) (55 kW) or 1.6 L ECI-Multi engine (4G92 SOHC) (83 kW)
  • GLXi - 4-door sedan and wagon. FWD or AWD. Powered by a 1.6 L ECI-Multi engine (4G92 SOHC) (83 kW)
  • GLX - 4-door sedan and wagon. Powered by a 2.0 L Diesel engine (4D68)
  • GTI -(gera from over there) 4-door sedan. Powered by a 1.8 L ECI-Multi engine (4G93 DOHC) (103 kW)
  • GSR - 4-door sedan. Powered by a 1.8 L ECI-Multi turbo-charged engine (4G93 DOHC turbo) (150 kW)

Latin America (1993�1997)

  • GL - 4-door sedan. FWD. Powered by a 1.3 L carburated engine (4G13 SOHC) (58 kW)
  • GLX - 4-door sedan. FWD. Powered by a 1.5 L carburated engine (4G15 SOHC) (65 kW)
  • GLXi - 4-door sedan. FWD. Powered by a 1.6 L ECI-Multi engine (4G92 SOHC) (84 kW)

Indonesia (1993-1996)

  • GLX - 4-door sedan. FWD. Powered by a 1.6L carburated engine (4G92 SOHC)
  • GLXi - 4-door sedan. FWD. Powered by a 1.6L ECI-Multi engine (4G92 SOHC) (84 kW/113 hp)
  • GTi - 4-door sedan. FWD. Powered by a 1.8L ECI-Multi engine (4G93 DOHC) (103 kW/140 hp)

Seventh generation (1995-present)

Seventh generation
1995 Mitsubishi Lancer
Also called Mitsubishi Signo (Venezuela)[9]
Production 1995�present
Body style(s) 2-door coupe
4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
Layout Front engine, front-/four-wheel drive
Platform CK1A�CM8A
Engine(s) 1.3 L SOHC 4G13 I4
1.5 L SOHC 4G15 I4
1.5 L DOHC 4G15 I4
1.6 L SOHC 4G92 I4
1.6 L DOHC 4G92 Mivec I4
1.8 L SOHC 4G93 I4
1.8 L DOHC 4G93 Turbo I4
1.8 L SOHC 6A11 V6
2.0 L SOHC 4D68 I4
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
4-speed semi-auto
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,500 mm (98.4 in) (sedan)
2,440 mm (96.1 in) (coupe)
Related Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Carisma
Volvo S40
Volvo V40
Mitsubishi Mirage
Mitsubishi Chariot/Space Wagon/Expo
Dodge/Plymouth Colt
Eagle Summit
Soueast Lioncel
Proton Waja

In 1995, the Lancer was renewed for its Seventh generation, building on the earlier model's format. Apart from the Evo models' continuation, it did not depart from the established Lancer formula. A sedan and wagon (Libero in Japan) were offered, with a related Mirage model. The coup� continued as the Mirage Asti in Japan, known as the Lancer Coup� elsewhere. The 1995 Lancer (Model from 1995-2002 in some countries) is more popularly known as the 1997 Lancer. A turbocharged GSR version continued to be sold until the end of the 1990s. This platform was also the basis for the Mirage, as it was known in North America and various other markets.

From 1996 to 2004, the Mitsubishi Carisma replaced the Mitsubishi Lancer in some markets.

It is of note, that the Lancer Evolution V was the only Lancer Evolution to gain Mitsubishi the WRC constructors championship. However, driver Tommi Makinen was able to claim four WRC driver's championships for himself, in 1996-1999, driving Mitsubishi's Lancer Evolution III, IV, V & VI.

Australia (1996�2004)

In Australia, the Seventh sold from 1996-2004. It was designated as the CE series. Like the previous generation, it was available in a variety of body styles, which helped to cater for a more broad audience. The introduction of a sporty MR coupe helped to target this model directly towards a younger audience.

1999�2001 Mitsubishi Lancer (CE II) GLXi sedan (Australia)

The station wagon continued on as a CE model, even though it was essentially carried over from the previous generation. This model had an unusually long model run, becoming increasingly uncompetitive as the years went by and often heavily discounted by dealers. Towards the end of its model run, Mitsubishi introduced some limited edition models (based on the GLi) to remain competitive with its rivals, these editions featured extras such as sports interiors, alloys and body kits off higher spec models. Generally, this generation sold well throughout its production run.

It should be noted that despite the introduction of the eighth generation Lancer Cedia in 2000, the CE series continued to be sold alongside it until mid-2004. The sedan was available in GLi trim, until it was finally discontinued in 2003. The coupe was facelifted and now only available in GLi and MR trims.

Due to its appearance, affordability, and the rise in status of the Lancer Evolution, this generation was quite popular with young car enthusiasts and the aftermarket modified Japanese car scene. Some popular modifications include exhaust systems, suspension, after market stereos and replica Evolution body kits.

Series I (96-98) and Series II (98-99)

  • GLi - 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan. Powered by a 4 cylinder, 1.5 L engine (4G15 SOHC - 69 kW)
  • GLXi - 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan. Powered by a 4 cylinder, 1.8 L engine (4G93 SOHC - 88 kW)
  • MR - 2-door coupe. Powered by a 4 cylinder, 1.8L engine (4G93 SOHC - 86 kW)
  • MR - 4-door sedan. Powered by a 4 cylinder, 1.8L MIVEC engine (4G93 SOHC - 141 kW)
  • GSR - 4-door sedan. Powered by a turbocharged 1.8 L engine (4G93t DOHC - 141 kW)
  • MXd - 4-door sedan. Powered by a turbodiesel 2.0 L engine (4D68T SOHC - 65 kW)

Series III (99-03)

  • GLi - 2-door coupe (1.5 L or 1.8 L) and 4-door sedan (4 cylinder, 1.8 L)
  • GLXi - 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan. Powered by a 4 cylinder, 1.8 L engine
  • MR - 2-door coupe. Powered by a 4 cylinder (6 cylinder, 99-00), 1.8 L engine

Series IV (02-04) coupe update only

  • GLi - Choice of 1.5 L engine (discontinued in 2003) or 1.8 L engine, 4 Cylinder
  • MR - Powered by a 1.8 L engine, producing 86 kW (115 hp) & 163 N�m (120 lb�ft) of torque (1500-4500 rpm) out of a 4 cylinder

Philippines (1996�2002)

2000-2002 Mitsubishi Lancer (Philippines)

Described as "Lancer Pizza" such for their pizza-shaped rear lamps.

  • EL - 4-door sedan with 1.3 L carb engine (4G13 - 55 kW)
  • GL - 4-door sedan with 1.5 L engine (4G15 - 65 kW)
  • GLXi - 4-door sedan with 1.6 L SOHC engine (4G92 - 85 kW)
  • GLX - 1999-2002 model 4-door sedan with 1.5 L carb engine
  • GLS - 1999-2002 model 4-door sedan with 1.6 L Fuel injected engine
  • MX - 1999-2002 model 4-door sedan top of the line with 1.6 L EFI 4G92 SOHC engine with INVECS automatic transmission.
  • MR - 2-door coupe (97-02) Powered by 1.6 L 4G92 SOHC engine

Indonesia (1997-2002)

comes in 2 types (1997-2002)

  • GLXi - 4-door sedan with 1.6 L Fuel Injected Engine (4G92)
  • SEi - 4-door sedan with 1.6 L Fuel Injected Engine (4G92) equipped with front, side and rear spoilers, airbags, foglamps, and rear garnish.

In late 2001, comes with a facelift model taken from Philippine version. One piece headlights, longer bumpers, vertical chrome grille, and 15" alloy wheels. also in two types: SEi and GLXi as mentioned above. This model discontinued at December 2002, and replaced by its successor Lancer Cedia.

Venezuela (Mitsubishi Signo; 1995-present)

In Venezuela the model was introduced in 1996 as the Mitsubishi Signo and is assembled by the MMC Automoritz plant. Available model variants are

  • GLi - 4-door sedan. FWD. Powered by a 1.3 L ECI-Multi engine (57 kW)
  • Plus - 4-door sedan. FWD. Powered by a 1.3 L ECI-Multi engine (57 kW)
  • Taxi - 4-door sedan. FWD. Powered by a 1.3 L ECI-Multi engine (57 kW)


In India the model was introduced in June 1998 as the Mitsubishi Lancer and is assembled by the Hindustan Motors Limited.[10] Available model variants are[11]

  • LX - 4-door sedan. FWD. Powered by a 1.5 L ECI-Multi engine (87 PS)
  • LX - 4-door sedan. FWD. Powered by a 2.0 L IDI Diesel engine (68 PS)

Eighth generation (2000-present)

Eighth Generation
2006-2008 Mitsubishi Lancer (CH MY07) ES station wagon (Australia)
Also called Mitsubishi Lancer Classic (Russia)
Mitsubishi Lancer 1600[12] (Uruguay)
Mitsubishi Lancer GL[13] (Curacao)
Mitsubishi Lancer GLX[14] (Chile)
Soueast Lioncel II (China & Ukraine)
Production 2000�present
Predecessor Mitsubishi Carisma (Europe)
Mitsubishi Mirage (USA)
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
Layout FF layout
Platform CS2A�CS5W
Engine(s) 4G13 1.3 L SOHC I4
4G18 1.6 L SOHC I4
4G93 1.8 L DOHC I4
4G93 1.8 L DOHC I4 GDI Turbo
4G94 2.0 L SOHC I4I4
4G63 2.0 L DOHC I4
4G69 2.4 L SOHC MIVEC I4
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
4-speed semi-auto
5-speed manual
invecs III CVT
Wheelbase 2,600 mm (102.4 in)
Length 4,495�4,605 mm (177.0�181.3 in)
Width 1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height 1,375�1,425 mm (54.1�56.1 in)
Related Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, Mitsubishi Outlander
2002-2003 Mitsubishi Lancer (US)

The year 2000 saw the release of the eighth-generation Lancer Cedia in Japan (meaning Century Diamond); though in most markets the seventh generation Lancer continued, built at Mitsubishi's Mizushima plant in Japan. The new model was available in sedan and station wagon forms. The Mirage, apart from the export models, became a different car in Japan that was unrelated to the Lancer. In Europe, the Lancer was not offered in some countries, being too close to the size of the Dutch-built Carisma, so the Evo VII model sold there bore the Carisma name. This is the first generation in many years where the Lancer nameplate is universally used. It is still sold in Japan where the ninth generation Lancer is known as Galant Fortis

In North America, the Lancer Cedia was introduced in 2002 as a direct replacement for the Mirage. It is powered by a 2.0 L 4G94 engine producing 120 hp (92 kW) and 130 lb�ft (176 N�m) of torque.

In Australia, the eighth generation Lancer was introduced as the CG series in July 2002 with the 2.0 L 4G94 engine. It was introduced as a replacement for the seventh generation sedan, and was sold alongside the popular seventh generation coupe.

Mid-generation facelift

In 2004, a heavily restyled Lancer surfaced with a front facia that brought it into line with the Mitsubishi corporate look, as well as a restyled rear, to further differentiate itself from the Lancer Evolution and for a more modern appearance. The car's grille was then redesigned again in 2006.

North America

2006 Mitsubishi Lancer ES (U.S.)

In North America, additional minor styling changes also occurred for 2005 and 2006. For the 2005 model year, the grille was changed to include more fins to reflect a closer similarity to the North American Galant. For the 2006 model year, the fascia was changed again from a bridged fascia to one with an open vent after Mitsubishi received complaints from current owners regarding its similarity in appearance to General Motors Division Pontiac's corporate look, and to bring the appearance closer to its bigger brother, the Evolution.

In Mexico, the Lancer was available in DE, ES, LS and GS trims with a 2.0 L DOHC 4G63 engine. There were no estate versions: only the four-door saloon.


2004-2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart sedan (U.S.)

In addition to the facelift, North America received two additional models to the Lancer line in 2004 - Sportback and Ralliart. The latter slated in between the base and high performance Evolution model. Both the Sportback and Ralliart had high levels of equipment, based on the Australian Lancer VR-X. The main difference being that these cars came equipped with Mitsubishi's 2.4 L4G69 engine (rated at 160 hp (119 kW)/162 lb�ft (220 N�m) for the Sportback, and 162 hp (121 kW)/162 lb�ft (220 N�m) for the Ralliart), included a new, stiffer suspension package that improved handling and lowered the cars stance by 1 centimeter, 16" alloy wheels, front bucket seats borrowed from Japan's Mitsubishi Evolution GT-A, fog lamps, and a new aerodynamic ground package. The Ralliart also came equipped with a cosmetic rear deck spoiler, and clear rear tail lights. The Sportback was equipped with a 4-speed INVECS-II automatic transmission, with no option for a manual transmission, while the Ralliart came with a 5-speed manual transmission with an option for the 4-speed automatic. The Sportback was also available in the lower spec LS trim.

2006-2008 Mitsubishi Lancer (CH MY07) ES station wagon (Australia)

Due to[citation needed] Mitsubishi's deteriorating financial situation and slow sales, the Lancer Sportback wagon was cancelled in the United States one year after its release. But the Mitsubishi Lancer wagon was sold in Canada, Japan, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and was available in at least the latter two until 2009.


The 2003 facelift, designated the CH series,[15] introduced a heavily updated VR-X, which included new 16" alloys, stiffer suspension, body styling kit, and gear shifter borrowed from the Lancer Evolution. In 2004, the new Lancer wagon was introduced as a direct replacement for its ageing predecessor.

In August 2005, all Lancers were upgraded to the 2.4 L 4G69 engine, producing 115 kW (154 hp) and 220 N�m (162 lb�ft) of torque. The upgraded engine also saw a change in trim levels and upgraded equipment�the ES and LS models now featured a more upmarket looking black interior, while the VR-X gained a new black grille to closer resemble the Lancer Evolution IX. The equipment levels of all models were also upgraded, with the LS and VR-X gaining climate control, and a premium audio system sourced from the luxury Mitsubishi Verada. The Exceed model was discontinued, and all updated models now used JDM sized rear bumpers instead of the larger USDM sized versions. Additionally, the wagon also saw these changes; and as of 2007, continues to be sold alongside the sedan.

The ES and LS models were given a minor facelift for the 2007 model year; this time gaining the same front grille as the US models, and putting it into line with the current corporate look�similar to that of the Colt and the locally built 380. Prior to the introduction of the all-new ninth generation Lancer, a limited edition ES model dubbed 'Velocity' went on sale. This package included VR-X grill, rear spoiler, leather/alcantara bolsted seats, sports pedals, 15" OZ alloy wheels and chrome exhaust tip�all for the same price as the previous standard ES.

Other markets

In Japan, the Lancer Cedia was offered with many different trim levels and engines, including options which were never seen in export markets. It was also one of the first models to use the INVECS-III CVT transmission. There was also a Ralliart version of the sportswagon which was powered by a turbocharged 1.8 L GDI engine. As of 2009, the eighth generation Lancer sedan is still being sold alongside the new ninth generation, which is known in the home market as the Galant Fortis.

In Pakistan, this variant was launched in 2005 with cosmetic changes from the front and the back. Thai production was switched to the new model, and in all markets except for India the seventh-generation model was no longer marketed, four years after the Cedia's introduction. India received the new Lancer in 2006, known locally as the Mitsubishi Cedia to distinguish it from this version that is still assembled and sold as the Lancer because of its continued popularity. In Malaysia, the Lancer was made available after Mitsubishi had sold all its shares in Malaysian carmaker Proton, marking the return of Mitsubishi in Malaysian market after being absent since 1985 due to the agreement with Proton. The Lancer sold in Malaysia was powered by the 4G18 engine which also powered the early 1.6 Proton Waja model. In the Philippines, the Lancer underwent a facelift, now without the central semi-triangle in the grille. It is offered in 2 trims, the base GLX with a 5-speed manual and the GLS with an all-new INVECS-III CVT with manual override. All of them are powered with an l4 1.6L 4G18 SOHC engine.

In some European markets, the Lancer began to take the place of the Carisma in 2004. It is powered by a 1.3 L SOHC 16valve 4G13 engine producing 82ps(60kW)/5000rpm and 120N�m/4000rpm of torque, 1.6 L SOHC 4G18 engine producing 98ps(72kW)/5000rpm and 150N�m/4000rpm and a 2.0 L DOHC 4G63 producing 135ps(99kW)/5750rpm and 176N�m/4500rpm (all 4-cylinder).

Ninth generation

Ninth generation
2007�2009 Mitsubishi Lancer (CJ) ES sedan (Australia)
Also called Galant Fortis (Japan)
Lancer Fortis (Taiwan)
Lancer EX (Indonesia, El Salvador, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines & Middle East)
Lancer Serie R (Chile)
Production 2007�present
Body style(s) 4-door sedan (GS41)
5-door hatchback (GS44S)
Layout Front engine, front-/four-wheel drive
Platform CY2A�CZ4A
Engine(s) 4B12 2.4 L DOHC I4,
4B11 2.0 L DOHC I4,
4B10 1.8 L DOHC I4,
4A91 1.5 L DOHC I4,
VW 2.0 L Di-D Diesel
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
INVECS-III CVT automatic
INVECS-II 4-speed Automatic (Singapore 1.5l variant)
6-speed twin-clutch transmission (Lancer Ralliart)
Wheelbase 2,615 mm (103.0 in)
Length 4,523 mm (178.1 in)
Sportback: 4,585 mm (180.5 in)
Width 1,760 mm (69.3 in)
Height 1,460 mm (57.5 in)
Sportback: 1,515 mm (59.6 in)
Curb weight 1,320�1,593 kg (2,900�3,510 lb)
Related Chrysler Sebring
Dodge Avenger

In 2005, Mitsubishi revealed the Concept-X model car at the Tokyo Motor Show and its Concept-Sportback model at the Frankfurt motor show. The new Lancer is based on these two concepts. The new Lancer was officially revealed in January 2007 at the Detroit Motor Show and went on sale in North American markets on March 2007 as a 2008 model. New Lancer features Mitsubishi's next-generation RISE safety body.

As per Mitsubishi's heritage of the next generation Lancer this is their ninth generation. [16]

North America

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback (US)

For the United States, the new Lancer was initially available in DE, ES, and GTS trim levels.[17] DE, ES, and GTS models are powered by a GEMA based 4B11, 2.0 liter DOHC engine producing 152 hp (113 kW) (except for California models which have been detuned to 143 hp (107 kW) to meet regulations). Transmission options include a brand new CVT, sourced from Jatco (code: F1CJA), alongside a regular 5-speed manual sourced from Aisin AI (code: F5MBB). GTS models get a 6-speed paddle shift version of the CVT.

In Canada, a fourth model (SE) was introduced to the Lancer lineup late in the model year. The SE model is a cross between the ES and GTS models. It includes the skirt package similar to the GTS, a rear spoiler, and unlike the GTS model, the SE includes a sunroof. Features not included in the SE model that are found in the GTS are the FAST key, Bluetooth hands-free cell phone interface, automatic climate control, Rockford Fosgate sound system, carbon fiber trim pieces, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and 18" wheels.

For U.S. markets, starting with the 2009 model year, an ES-Sport version was released similar to the SE model for the Canadian market. Externally the ES-Sport is similar in appaearance to the GTS' skirts, spoiler, mirrors, etc (with the exception of the wheels, the ES-Sport retains the ES wheelset). The ES-Sport also uses the ES 2.0 liter engine.[18]

For 2009, the GTS is powered by a 2.4 L 4B12 engine producing 168 hp (125 kW) and 167 lb�ft (226 N�m).[18]

The five-door hatchback version, known as the Sportback, was introduced for the Canadian market in spring 2009, and in the U.S. for the 2010 model year in late summer 2009.[19],[20]


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2010 Mitsubishi Lancer (CJ MY10) Activ sedan (Australia)

The Lancer was released in Australia in October 2007, designated the CJ series and is initially available in ES, VR and VRX trims. The ES included cruise control, driver, passenger and knee airbags, stability and traction control as standard. The VR adds alloy wheels, foglights, side skirts, boot lip spoiler, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, 6-disc CD changer, as well as curtain and side airbags. The VRX gets extra skirts, a larger rear spoiler, 18-inch alloys and a premium Rockford Fosgate sound system. All three models shared the same 4B11 2.0-litre engine and can be had with manual or CVT. A Ralliart version has been introduced later, with a turbocharged version of the same engine, 4WD and paired with a 6-speed twin-clutch gearbox. The Evo X also joins the lineup afterwards. In late 2008, another variant, the Aspire, has been introduced. It includes more luxury features and has a 2.4-litre 4B12 engine mated only to the CVT. The VRX also gets the engine upgrade and can still be had with a manual.

The Sportback body followed the sedan and can be had in ES, VR, VRX and Ralliart trims. Special models have also been introduced, such as the Platinum Edition, which is based on the VR but added a chrome grille and window surrounds (sedan only), MMCS satellite navigation and Bluetooth compatibility for handsfree mobile phone usage. A new RX version is derived from the ES but comes with standard alloy wheels.


With the exception of the Lancer Evolution X, the Lancer is marketed as the Galant Fortis (Latin for strong, steadfast and courageous) in the Japanese domestic market.[21] It comes in 3 trim levels: Exceed, Super Exceed, and Sport.[22]

The new Lancer was released on September 15, 2007 in Taiwan and has been named Lancer Fortis. It's powered by a 4B11, 2.0 litre DOHC engine outputting 157 hp (117 kW) and the transmission is a 6-speed (fixed gears in sport mode) version of the CVT. However, unlike other Lancer models in USA and Japan, Mitsubishi has changed the front and rear ends to make it look like a family car.[23]

Due to popular demand of the 7th-gen Lancer in Singapore, it will continue to be sold alongside the new Lancer which will be called the Lancer EX to differentiate itself from the former. The 1.5l, 2.0l and the GTS (marketed as the GT) variants are available in Singapore. For MY2009, the GT has been refreshed all around with updated front grill, darkened clear tail lamps, and chrome lining with an additional floor console internally. Rear brakes has also been upgraded for the 2.0 variants to disc brakes for better stopping power.

In Malaysia, only the GTS is offered and is marketed as the GT. However, Proton has renewed cross-licensing and technology transfer agreements with Mitsubishi as of October 2008, and it is expected that a second-generation Proton Waja (currently codenamed the Proton New Sedan[24]) will be a re-badged ninth generation Lancer but with possibly different engine options, and has minor changes, even less than the Lancer Fortis in Taiwan.[25]

In Indonesia, like Malaysia, only the GTS is sold and is badged as the GT using the new 2.0L engine and is sold alongside the Evolution X, and like Singapore the previous generation Lancer is still sold, marketed as the Lancer Cedia using the same 1.8L engine as the 7th generation Lancer. With the agreement with Proton finalized on October 2008, it is expected that the Lancer-based Waja will be exported to Indonesia.

Hong Kong received its unique edition of the Lancer in 2008, dubbed the Lancer 2.0. The car comes in two trim levels, without a name for either of them. Both are equipped with the 4B11 2.0 4 cylinder engine, 7 airbags, 8 speaker stereo system (manufacturer not known), Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) with HID as well as 18" alloy wheels. The upper trim has Ralliart style body kit which includes a revised front bumper, side skirt, rear bumper with diffuser and the addition of a correct-to-Evolution-X rear spoiler,while the lower trim make do without the abovementioned features.

In Philippines the Lancer arrived in Mid 2008 known as the Lancer EX to differentiate it from the 7th-generation Lancer still sold in the Philippines. For the 2010 MY, the Lancer EX underwent a facelift, and is now available with 4 trims, the Ralliart paired to the 6-speed TC-SST, which is essentially the Lancer Ralliart from the USDM, the GT-A, now with a redesigned front grille resembling the Lancer Ralliart from the USDM, the GT, essentially identical to the GT-A but is paired to a 5-speed manual, the GLS which is essentially identical to the USDM ES model but with dual SRS airbags and standard front foglamps, and the GLX, which is essentially identical to the USDM DE, but with the same rims as with that of the GLS and with dual SRS airbags. All models sport clear-type black taillamps, ABS, EBD and share the same 2.0L 4B11 MIVEC powerplant, with the Ralliart's engine similar to the USDM Ralliart.


To differentiate it from the previous model, still on sale, this generation Lancer is marketed as Lancer Serie R in Chile.

El Salvador

Because the previous generation is still on sale, this generation Lancer is marketed, depending on the engine and trim, as Lancer EX or Lancer GT in El Salvador.


In Europe, a 103 kW (140 PS; 138 bhp) 2000 cc diesel model is also available which is built by Volkswagen.

Republic of Ireland

In the Republic of Ireland, the specifications are different to those sold in the United Kingdom. The Lancer is available in five-door hatchback (Sportback) or four-door saloon bodystyles.

Engines are 1.5L 109bhp 4-cylinder petrol (Republic of Ireland spec guide), and the 1.8 petrol and 2.0 TDI models available in the United Kingdom are unavailable; but are popular grey imports. Trim levels are Base for the sedan, and Invite for the Sportback. It is a more basic version compared to other European markets.


In Lithuania (Lietuva) the Lancer is available as both the Sportback (hatchback) and sedan bodystyles. Engines are 1.5L 109bhp and 1.8L DOHC 136bhp 4-cylinder petrol engines; Volkswagen's TDI version is not available there. Trim levels are Inform, Inform +, Invite and Intense, with the sedan being available in 1.5 Inform, 1.8 Inform and 1.8 Inform + versions, and the hatchback models available as 1.8 Inform +, 1.8 Invite and 1.8 Intense. The Ralliart model is unavailable due to the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution being offered in Lithuania; this is identical to the versions sold on the Continent, except with raised ground clearance for Lithuania and Eastern European roads.

Lancer Ralliart

A detuned and cheaper version of the Evo X was announced at the 2008 Detroit auto show. This model became available for purchase in the United States in October, 2008. 177 kW (237 hp), 343 N�m (253 lb�ft) of torque.

For 2009, the Ralliart is available exclusively with the TC-SST transmission,[26] although Mitsubishi has suggested the possibility of a 5-speed transmission at a later date. The TC-SST transmission equipped in the Ralliart offers 2 modes (Normal, Sport) rather than the 3 modes the same transmission offers in the Lancer Evolution X MR (Normal, Sport, S-Sport). The car also includes a simplified version of the Evolution X's AWD system (taken directly from the EVO IX), with a simple "mechanical limited slip" rear differential.[27] According to Edmunds.com the Ralliart model underperformed the GTS in certain tests, including the skidpad, slalom, and braking distance. However, the Ralliart outperformed the GTS in other tests, including 0-60 and the quarter mile