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Mitsubishi grabs a shiny sliver of the American market

Helping the surge are a few affordably priced models that can appeal to consumers on tight budgets

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Mr Harig in his Mitsubishi Outlander in Canton, Ohio. He bought the vehicle last month for about US$24,000, a few thousand less than competing models from Honda and Nissan. "I track my gas mileage on every tank and I'm happy with what I have," he says.

Ann Arbor, Michigan

IN Japan, the carmaker Mitsubishi Motors is mired in a heap of trouble.

Last month, it acknowledged cheating for the last 25 years on gas-mileage tests for cars in Japan, embarrassing top executives and tarnishing a name that has been dented by scandal before.