Mitsubishi Lancer (2000-)

DEADWALKING

You’d be (in) Caracas to buy one of these

DESPITE spawning various hard-charging rally-bred turbo AWD icons, the CG/CH series isn’t Mitsubishi’s finest Lancer, thanks to dowdy design, dreary dynamics and the lack of a hatchback derivative – although the Volvo 740-esque wagon was usefully boxy.

While the fact that its sharply attired CJ replacement still lives on in Australia after eight years is perhaps the bigger surprise, we’re shocked to learn that the older Lancer is still Venezuela’s most popular new car.

Only the four-door sedan version is available, with 1.6- and 2.0-litre petrol engine choices. Both wear the later Olivier Boulay-designed beak (think final Magna) from 2003 that at least doesn’t age the car as badly as the original chromey snout. Small mercies.

Actually, a 15-year-old Lancer is a better bet for Venezuelan families than the antiquated 1996 CE sedan that was sold new as the Signo until 2012. Or the 1986 Express van that’s still in dealers to this very day. We’re a much more advanced society in Australia, having had that discontinued almost two whole years ago.

15 YEARS

AGE IN HUMAN YEARS

106

AFTERLIFE

A number one seller in Venezuela!

HIGHLIGHTS

Tearaway Evos still legendary today

LOWLIGHTS

Was way off the pace even when new