that Lives On
December, 1969, the very first Galant customer drove his new car
out of the dealership and into history. Today, more than 28 years
later, the now legendary Galant has won the highest praise from
customers, the media as well as motorsports fans around the world.
This popularity has translated into sales of nearly 4.9 millions
units to date worldwide. Throughout each generation, Mitsubishi
engineers have built from one strength to the next to keep the Galant
ahead of the pack. The Galant today is renowned for its sophistication
in styling, superb performance, total passenger comfort and the
integration of the latest automotive technologies -- all characteristics
which have come to symbolize the series through 8 generations.
1st generation Colt Galant was released in 1969. Its exterior design
was derived from the aerodynamically advanced dynawedge line which
was a revolutionary concept for vehicles in Japan at the time. The
1300cc AI series attained a top speed of 150km/h, the 1500cc AII
160km/h and the 1500cc AIII 175km/h making for breathtaking performance.
Colt Galant 2-door Hardtop,
introduced to the market in 1970 was stylish and aerodynamic in
design. It was the first passenger vehicle in Japan to have full
side windows without central pillars.
saw the release of yet another model. The Colt Galant GTO
represented the synthesis of the dynawedge, ducktail and tumble
form. The GTO was powered by the new Saturn engine. The MR model
adopted a 1,600cc, twin carburetor, DOHC version with a power output
1973 Galant saw its first full model change.
The performance oriented AIIGS model featured a 2-liter Astron engine
with a maximum output of 125ps. Like the AIIGS model, the 2nd generation
Galant Hardtop released the same year also adopted the Astron engine.
The Astron engine equipped in the hardtop model featured dual single
barrel carburetors and an advanced crossflow combustion chamber.
In 1975, the GTO model incorporated Mitsubishi's own unique Silent
Shaft technology. This technology has been licensed out to several
other automobile manufacturers offering V8 smoothness and quietness
to engines with smaller configurations.
stylish 3rd generation Galant released in 1976
featured a dynamic new beltline and ergonomically designed driver's
area for enhanced operation and comfort. This Galant incorporated
the MCA-Jet engine which set new industry records for anti-pollution.
In 1981, this model was named Car of the Year in New Zealand.
The Lambda (Mitsubishi Sapporo) introduced
in 1976 featured a new slant nose design, all around aerodynamic
styling and a refined interior environment.
4th generation Galant which began production in 1980
offered two new engines. The Sirius engine series incorporated such
high technology features as the ECI (Electronic Controlled Injection)
and turbocharger. The new Astron 2300 Turbo Diesel was the first
turbocharged diesel engine for passenger vehicles in Japan. The
aerodynamically advanced new generation Lambda (Mitsubishi Sapporo)
offered superior response and driving performance.
5th generation Galant, introduced in 1983 adopted
a front-wheel drive format for improved on road performance as well
as allowing for increased interior space and fuel economy. Of course
its good looks and class leading performance further continued the
winning tradition. This Galant incorporated the ECS (Electronic
Controlled Suspension) and the EPS (Electronic Controlled Power
Steering) which represent Mitsubishi's emerging approach to creating
vehicles of superb operational ease and passenger safety through
computer operated control of selected vehicle operations. The 5th
generation Galant was honored with Germany's coveted "Golden Steering
Wheel Award" in 1985.
saw the release of the 6th generation Galant featuring sleek organic
sculpted styling. Integrated technology reached new heights with
Dynamic Four which featured 4-wheel drive, 4-wheel steering, 4-wheel
ABS as well as an active electronic controlled suspension. Among
the coveted awards won by the 6th generation Galant were the "Japanese
Car of the Year" award in 1987 and the "Import Car of the Year"
award from the prestigious Motor Trend magazine of the U.S. in 1989.
The Galant VR-4's performance was proven in motorsports with many
WRC and APRC (Asia-Pacific Rally Championship) victories.
Eterna (Mitsubishi Galant 5-door Hatchback)
released in 1988 was specially designed for the European markets
and proved to be very popular.
Eterna Sava was a hardtop model designed specifically for the Japanese
In 1992, the 7th generation
Galant was launched. Its improved aerodynamics and the All Wheel
Control features -- including INVECS,
a Fuzzy Shift 4 A/T and the Fuzzy TCL -- made the 7th generation
Galant a smooth, quiet performer indeed. The Eterna (Galant 5-door
Hatchback) also underwent a full model change and the Emeraude,
a new hardtop model was introduced for the Japanese market.
The 8th generation to bear the name Galant
was introduced in 1996 and the Legnum (Galant
Station Wagon) was born. The all new Galant series boasts class
leading style and performance -- qualities which attracted that
first customer, and which have drawn so many since. The latest lineup
incorporates the super efficient GDI
(Gasoline Direct Injection) engine and integrates the newly developed
AYC (Active Yaw Control)
and ASC (Active Stability
Control) all-wheel control systems. The new Galant, in fact, is
already making history by being chosen to receive the "1996-97 Car
of the Year Japan" award, the most prestigious automotive award