Mitsubishi Galant

The Mitsubishi Galant is an automobile produced by Mitsubishi Motors since 1969. The name originated from the French word 'gallan', which means 'valiant'. In total, there have been nine discrete generations, and the cumulative sales now exceed a whopping five million. This car began as a compact sedan, but over the course of time has molded into a larger mid-size car. The initial production was based only in Japan, but since 1994 the American market has been provided vehicles from the former Diamond-Star Motors facility in Normal, Illinois. In this long history, the eighth-generation 1996 model furthered the 1992 design but a station wagon version was added. The liftback model was at this point deleted though. This model went on to win the 1996 Car of the Year award in Japan. The American market ES, LS and GTZ models were offered with a V6 engine for the first time, with the 6G72 3.0 L, mated to a standard 4-speed conventional auto. The United States has had the sedan only ninth generation model since October 15, 2003. It was showcased at the 2003 New York International Auto Show in April for the 2004 model year. This followed the showing of the SSS concept sedan at the North American International Auto Show three years earlier. The ninth-generation United States model is available for sale only in a few regional markets, which include the United States of course, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Russia and also the United Arab Emirates. Russia began sourcing its Galants from the United States in 2006 whereas the UAE began sourcing its Galants from the United States in the 2007 model year. Mitsubishi also markets an adapted version of the ninth generation Galant in Taiwan. In addition, this model is also sold in the Philippines as the Galant 240M using a 2.4 liter MIVEC engine.