Last week DTW reminded readers about the last, the final Mitsubishi Galant. Below is the car that inspired it.
The Galant’s designers weren’t allowed a wholesale replication. The mechanicals had the usual tough Mitsu character and the engineers packaged it well. The shaky Fordesque shapes undersold a decent product. So apart from being quite good actually, it looked quite bad – the malformed secret twin of the handsome 2000 Ford Mondeo (above). To make that point I would like to have had a clear side profile of the Ford in saloon, sedan or notchback format. None appeared on Google’s image results, none that I liked anyway so I decided to
find one one locally. In a week of looking I’ve found all its peers but only these plain and unloved examples, examples of a car I considered common. Is 2017 the year the 2000 Mondeo’s numbers dropped sharply? Its older peer, the 406 is soldiering on. Vectras aplenty; 626s as well.
On the other hand, I see swarms of Suzuki Ignises which is a car I considered an oddity.