Mitsubishi Cordia
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Make: Mitsubishi
Model: Cordia
Mitsubishi Cordia

The Mitsubishi Cordia was designed to fit between the existing Galant and the Lancer models to increase the overall line of passenger vehicles. This was of course an attempt to grab some more market share. The Cordia and the Tredia used front-wheel drive, and were comparable in design to the contemporary Mirage. They did incorporate a MacPherson beam axle suspension, and the front disc brakes, be it manual or electrically, controlled the automatic transmission. In total, a choice of three engines included a 1.4 L rated at 68 hp, a 1.6 L rated at 74 hp and a 112 hp turbocharged 1.6 L. Additionally, some lucky smaller export markets also received a 2.0 L rated at 110 hp. The Mitsubishi Cordia was more or less a compact hatchback coupe that was built by Mitsubishi Motors from 1982 to 1990. Its name is supposedly a combination of 'cordorite', which is a lustrous mineral, and 'diamonds', which originated from Mitsubishi's Three Diamond logo. Alongside the Tredia and the Starion, it was one of the first cars that was exported and sold to the United States. This was also done without the involvement of its then partner, the Chrysler Corporation. Later, the cars were given a mild facelift in 1983, at which point, four-wheel drive was offered in 1984. The engine range was refigured in 1985 to allow the cars to run on unleaded fuel. This included the introduction of a 1.8 L engine in both 100 hp naturally aspirated and 135 hp turbocharged form. This all occurred before production was discontinued in 1990. In total, the model had a very successful run, and more importantly for the company, they had independently entered the American market, which is a very profitable place to be. People are buying cars like they are going out of style, perhaps they are going out of style.

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