After virtually three many years on Australian soil, the final Mitsubishi Mirage has been offered almost 18 months after the ultimate batch of automobiles arrived earlier than the 31 October 2021 deadline for brand new imports.
Regardless of promoting over 79,000 items because the Mirage first arrived in Australia in July 1996, harder new pole side-impact crash security rules launched November 2021, in the end prompted the demise of the favored ‘low priced’ nameplate.
Pole Facet Influence Efficiency or just ADR 85 intends to cut back the danger of accidents and fatalities in aspect influence crashes with slender street objects resembling poles and timber, nonetheless, the Mirage didn’t adjust to the stricter rules. Fairly than investing in structural upgrades wanted, Mitsubishi opted to drag the newest (albeit dated) mannequin from sale.
The nameplate itself skilled two gross sales stints in Australia, the primary (1996-2003) noticed unit numbers exceed 47,000 whereas the second, (2013-2021) recorded gross sales that fell under 32,000 – Sadly, the Mirage solely clocked up unit gross sales of 862 in 2022.
Reportedly, the final new Mitsubishi Mirage in Australia was offered in February 2023 – ending the mannequin’s current reign as being one of many lowest price new autos available on the market.