Mitsubishi Expo

The Mitsubishi Chariot is a compact Multi Purpose Vehicle manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors of Japan from 1983 until 2002. Mitsubishi launched twin mini-minivans in 1992, as they were sized between subcompact wagons and minivans. The Expo was a 7-passenger wagon, with four swing-open side doors and a one-piece rear lift gate. The Expo LRV model seated five, and had a body that was nine inches shorter than the standard. Further, it had two front doors, a sliding right-rear door, and a rear hatch. Under the hood, a 116-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine powered the Expo, while a 1.8-liter four went into the LRV model. Three models of each size were offered which provided for some broad diversity. A base model, a Sport model and a Sport AWD model were on the menu. The AWD version of the Expo had permanent 4-wheel drive where as the others were only front-wheel drive. Additionally, Plymouth sold a version of the LRV as the Colt Vista and Eagle called its version the Summit Wagon. During its final years it was badged the Chariot Grandis and also the Savrin in Taiwan. Internationally, it has also been sold under various names, including the Mitsubishi Space Wagon and the Mitsubishi Nimbus. Further, the Chariot has been licensed to other car manufacturers and sold as the Hyundai Santamo and the Kia Carstar in Asia. Popularity has varied among the markets, although in its debut year in Australia, it won the Wheels Car of the Year award for 1984. The final generation of the Expo, which lasted from 1997 to 2002, saw the discontinuation of all other straight-4 engines in favor of a GDI version of the 4G64. Also introduced was a V6 version using the 2972 cc SOHC 6G72, which also came equipped with gasoline direct injection. In the end, a pretty good run for a particularly bad looking vehicle.