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For the Dodge/ Plymouth Colt wagons, see Mitsubishi RVR.
The Dodge Colt and the similar Plymouth Champ and Plymouth Colt, were subcompact cars sold by Dodge and Plymouth from 1970 (1971 MY) to 1994. They were captive imports from Mitsubishi Motors, and initially were twins of the Mitsubishi Galant and Lancer families, before shifting to the Mitsubishi Mirage in 1979.
The Plymouth Cricket nameplate was used (rather than Dodge Colt) on Galants sold in Canada between 1973 and 1975, after Chrysler stopped using the Plymouth Cricket name for a rebadged Hillman Avenger-based model sourced from the United Kingdom (and sold across North America between 1971 and 1973).
The Plymouth Arrow was offered from 1976 to 1980 as a rebadged version of the Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste, not to be confused with the rebadged Mitsubishi truck sold as the Plymouth Arrow starting in 1979.
From 1979, the Dodge Colt and Plymouth Champ nameplates applied to the front wheel drive Mitsubishi Mirage imports into North America.
In 1989, the Eagle Summit joined the array of nameplates describing a Mitsubishi Mirage, as did the Colt Vista designation for tall wagon versions based on the Mitsubishi Chariot in 1984. The Colt minivans/ wagons continued until 1994. The 1985-1994 Colt minivans slotted below the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager as Dodge/ Plymouth's entry-level minivans.
Since the demise of the Dodge Omni/ Plymouth Horizon in 1990, the Colt was the only subcompact in the Dodge and Plymouth lineups. The Colt sedan was not sold in North America for the sixth generation, as it would be replaced by the Dodge Shadow/ Plymouth Sundance liftbacks for 1989 (along with the Canada-only Eagle Vista, a carrover model that replaced the Colt sedan), when the Colt underwent a redesign. The Dodge/ Plymouth Colt sedans returned for 1993-94 as a variant of the Eagle Summit.
The last Colt Turbo was on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1989.
Not unlike the related Mirage, the Colt and other similar vehicles were well utilized in rallying, both in the United States and abroad. The Colt was the most widely utilized of these variants, appearing in events through the 1970s and 1980s. A Colt was run to a third-place finish in the first ever Sno*Drift rally in 1973, and repeated the feat the following year, as well as a third time in 1982. A Plymouth Arrow was driven to third place in Group 5 of Sno*Drift in 1999.
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