The Mitsubishi Mirage is a variety of sedans produced by the Japanese producer Mitsubishi Motors. The Mitsubishi Mirage was in operation during the period from 1978 to 2003 and it was available in the market for sale up to 2012. The hatchback models of Mitsubishi Mirage were manufactured during the period from 1978 to 2003. The Mitsubishi Mirage were categorized as subcompact sedans, whereas the station wagon and the sedan models, which were sold prominently under the name the Mitsubishi Lancer, were the compact vehicles offered by Mitsubishi. The lift back, which was introduced during 1988, complemented the sedan as an added compact offering, and the coupé that was introduced during 1991 was fitted in with the subcompact array. The present Mirage Mitsubishi model is a subcompact rear door sedan and it is the substitute to the Mitsubishi Colt, which was sold during the period from 2002 and 2012.
The Mitsubishi Mirage has a complex selling history, with a diverse and much complicated naming principle that differed considerably, according to the market. Mitsubishi exploited the Mirage name for all its five generation vehicles in Japan, with all, except the first chain that badged as such in America. However, other worldwide automotive markets frequently used the Mitsubishi Colt name and sedan models of the Mitsubishi Mirage have been extensively marketed under the name the Mitsubishi Lancer, as well as in Japan where the two were sold side by side each other. The Mitsubishi Mirage was marketed in Japan at a particular retail chain known as Car Plaza.
In Canada and America, the initial four generations of Mitsubishi Mirage were marketed through a speculation with Chrysler under the name the Dodge Colt and the analogous Plymouth-badged Colt and Champ. Later on, the project brought the Eagle Summit and Vista branded variants that marketed along with the aforementioned. Mystifyingly, Chrysler has also introduced a distinct Dodge Lancer at different stages between the period 1950 and 1980. However, when the DaimlerChrysler briefly restricted Mitsubishi in the course of the DaimlerChrysler-Mitsubishi grouping from 2000 to 2004, the permit to the name "Lancer" was surrendered to Mitsubishi for the North American usage. Thus, subsequent to the fifth and last generation Mitsubishi Mirage, substitute variants have adopted the novel name in North America.
Mitsubishi brought in substitutes to the fifth series of Mitsubishi Mirage, starting during 2000 with a fresh generation of Lancer, larger at present, having shifted to the compact section. Then during 2002, a subcompact 5-door hatchback with the Colt badge became available globally. By the year 2003, the Mitsubishi Mirage and its models had been totally phased from the mainstream production in Japan. For the 2002-period substitute to the Colt during 2012, Mitsubishi determined to revivify the Mirage name globally for a fresh sixth generation mock-up.
With the increasing fame of boxy subcompact sport utility vehicles in Japan, from 1999, the Mirage brand name was exercised on a domestic market-only version known as the Mirage Dingo. This vehicle was face lifted during 2001 and canceled during 2003. However, from 2002, New Zealand marketed a totally different Mitsubishi Mirage, which is a rebadged Dutch-constructed Mitsubishi Space Star, called the Mirage Space Star. This automobile was not so popular and it was suspended in 2003.