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FORGOTTEN Mitsubishi & Daewoo cars of India: Lancer to Cielo

The Indian automotive market is one of the biggest automotive markets in the world and hence almost every major manufacturer has marked its presence here. Some of them met with great success while a few of them didn’t. Two such companies are Daewoo and Mitsubishi, who unfortunately couldn’t get a good market hold of the Indian automotive scene. Let’s take a look at a few of their models that have been forgotten in the Indian market.

Daewoo Cielo

The Cielo was Daewoo’s sedan for India. The engine used for the new Cielo was a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that produced 80 Bhp and 128 Nm of torque. The Cielo was the first mass-produced car in India to be offered with fuel injection and came with optional 3-speed automatic, the first car to do so, in India.

Daewoo Nexia

The Daewoo Nexia was the Korean carmaker’s more powerful version of the Cielo. The Nexia was offered with a 1.6-litre petrol engine that produced 90 Bhp and was quite cool to look at. However, when Daewoo left India, the Nexia left with them.

Daewoo Matiz

The Matiz was Daewoo’s answer to the Maruti 800 and the Hyundai Santro. However, Indians in the late 90s preferred to go with the established players, and the Matiz was ignored despite its inherent cuteness. The Daewoo Matiz was powered by a 796-cc, three-cylinder petrol engine, which was the most advanced engine in the segment.

Mitsubishi Lancer

The Lancer is the best-known name in Mitsubishi’s entire line-up, and it could have been the car that got the Japanese carmaker to sell in good numbers in the sub-continent. Unfortunately, the Lancer was hampered by a very poor dealer and after-sales network that made owning a Mitsubishi a rather tedious experience. The Lancer was powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine that generated 87 Bhp. The arrival of the Honda City further dented the Lancer’s chances of doing well in India.

Mitsubishi Cedia

The Cedia was billed as a more premium replacement for the Lancer in India and it came with a host of safety features like dual airbags and ABS as standard. However, the Honda City once again turned out to be a real problem once again.

The Cedia was powered by a 2.0-litre engine that generated 115 Bhp and 175 Nm of torque. The engine was very powerful for its time but its bad fuel efficiency didn’t really help its case.

Mitsubishi Outlander

The Mitsubishi Outlander was a big and burly 7-seater SUV that was launched on our shores in the late 2000s. It had those proper SUV manners and the Evo X inspired nose was a hit amongst the enthusiasts. However, the Outlander didn’t do well in the market and was deemed too outlandish for Indian taste. During its stint in India, the Outlander came powered by a 2.4-litre Mivec petrol engine that also had a CVT automatic transmission as an option. After a long gap of several years, Mitsubishi brought back the nameplate to India, albeit in a much different form than it originally came as.