The proceeds will help to feed the hungry

The Lancer Evolution started out in 1992 as a Japan-only car but quickly gained a strong following in other markets. By 1998, Mitsubishi began shipping the car to the U.K. and Europe, but for us to get it here in the U.S., it took 11 years and the great success of its main rival, the Subaru Impreza WRX STi. Finally, in 2003, Mitsubishi brought the Lancer stateside, and the sports sedan market in this great land of ours changed forever. It’s been 13 years since the EVO landed here and Mitsubishi has already pulled the plug on it, making a final run of just 1,600 models that has been dubbed “Final Edition.” The day the news broke was a very sad one indeed, but something good is coming out of it as the very last Lancer EVO to be produced (No. US1600) is being auctioned off with all of the proceeds going to charity.

While one lucky person will get the pleasure of owning the last Lancer EVO ever built, Feeding America Riverside in San Bernardino Counties and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County will split the proceeds right down the middle. This move comes as part of September being Hunger Action Month and will ultimately help feed a lot of people. According to Feeding America Riverside, every dollar it receives supplies meals for nine people.

Don Swearingen, the Executive VP and ECO of MMNA, said, “Mitsubishi Motors is proud to stand alongside our local Feeding America member food banks to help raise funds and awareness in support of Hunger Action Month. Not only did we want to pay homage to Lancer Evolution’s historic U.S. run, but also make a difference in our local community by extending the auction’s reach nationwide. So as we bid farewell to a model that has long been the pulse of Mitsubishi, we stand committed to doing our part to help drive out hunger.”

If you’re interested in bidding on the final EVO, which includes a numbered plaque that reads “US1600,” you can check out the auction on eBay. It has already been posted and will run for one week ending September 15. As of the time of this writing, one bid has already been placed for $46,200, and you can bet it’s going to get a lot higher before the digital hammer drops next week.

Keep reading to hear a little more about the final Lancer Evo ever built.

A Little Sugar on top of A Sad Situation

Final Mitsubishi Lancer Heading to Auction
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The final Lancer that is being auctioned off comes pretty well equipped. It’s got the 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder with 303 horsepower and 205 pound-feet of torque. It rocks Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs to go with Brembo two-piece rotors up front. It has been enhanced on the inside with the pillars, sunvisors, assist handles, and headliner all finished in black. The center console is finished in gloss black and features a plaque that reads “US1600.” All soft material like the seats, floor mats, and boots all feature red accent stitching, and there is a Final Edition animation on the digital display. Outside, it sports the “Final Edition” badge to go with a black aluminum roof and other black accents, Dark chrome Enkei alloy wheels, and a New Diamond White Pearl finish.

Needless to say, if you didn’t get your hands on any of the other Lancer EVOs out there, this is your very last chance. Personally, I think it’s a horrible move for Mitsubishi to discontinue such an iconic model, but all things must eventually come to an end I guess. At least the final model will actually benefit people in need, and that makes for an awesome conclusion to the Lancer’s story. The final model will probably go for an incredible amount of money, but it all goes to a good cause anyway. On a side note, with the Feeding America Riverside getting 50 percent of the proceeds, even if it goes for the current bid of $46,200, that’s $23,000 Feeding America Riverside will receive. At nine meals per dollar, that computes to a total of 207,900 meals. That’s what you call combating hunger.

Press Release

All funds raised will go to Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County in celebration of Hunger Action Month™
Auction is now live on eBay for Charity™ and concludes Sept. 15
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA), today announced a national auction of the very last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition of 1,600 to raise money for Feeding America Riverside & San Bernardino and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. The auction will take place on eBay for Charity beginning today and concludes September 15 at 9:00 a.m. PT. The auction corresponds with national Hunger Action Month, when Feeding America and member food banks ask everyone in America to take action and fight hunger in their community, all September long.

Arguably the originator of the four-door sports car genre, the Lancer Evolution is applauded worldwide for its combination of power, agility and Super All-Wheel Control. The Final Edition model features a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder 2.0L engine with 303 horsepower, making the Final Edition the most powerful mass-produced Evolution ever built. The car is available with a 5-speed transmission and special suspension tuning.

The beloved and highly revered Lancer Evolution bids farewell with its last Final Edition production model produced for the U.S. Bidding for the US1600 car, complete with a collectible numbered plaque inside, is now open on eBay. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Feeding America Riverside| San Bernardino and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, both of which fall under the Feeding America umbrella.

"Mitsubishi Motors is proud to stand alongside our local Feeding America member food banks to help raise funds and awareness in support of Hunger Action Month," said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, MMNA. "Not only did we want to pay homage to Lancer Evolution’s historic U.S. run, but also make a difference in our local community by extending the auction’s reach nationwide. So as we bid farewell to a model that has long been the pulse of Mitsubishi, we stand committed to doing our part to help drive out hunger."

"We are proud to partner once again with Mitsubishi in the drive to end hunger in Orange County," said Nicole Suydam, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. "Too many people in our community are forced to make hard choices between rent and food, or medicine and food. Mitsubishi’s auction of the final Lancer Evolution will make a big difference in the lives of so many men, women and children who look to us for support every day. We are very grateful for their generosity."

"On behalf of Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino, we are truly honored Mitsubishi has chosen us as a beneficiary. Proceeds from this auction will not only help feed low income families throughout Southern California, but also help us raise awareness nationwide," said Stuart Haniff, Chief Philanthropy Officer of Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino.

The auction is being managed by Auction Cause, a premier online auction management agency specializing in high-profile design, strategy, and cause marketing for corporations and nonprofits worldwide. For more information on the 2015 Lancer Evolution Final Edition please visit http://media.mitsubishicars.com. To bid on the US1600 Lancer Evolution Final Edition, click here.

*The winning bidder will be responsible to pay for applicable sales taxes, licensing and vehicle delivery.

About Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all research and development, marketing, and sales for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells sedans and crossovers/SUVs through a network of approximately 360 dealers. MMNA is leading the way in the development of highly-efficient, affordably-priced new gasoline-powered automobiles while using its industry-leading knowledge in battery electric vehicles to develop future EV and PHEV models. For more information, visit media.mitsubishicars.com.

About Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino
Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino Counties began in 1980 as Survive Food Bank in response to the increasing concern about the dual problems of hunger and food waste in the Inland Empire. Today, Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino is the primary source of food for over 500 nonprofit organizations, distributing over 2.5 million pounds of food monthly to emergency food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, high-need elementary schools, halfway houses, senior centers, residential treatment centers, shelters for the abused, after school programs and group homes. More than 425,000 men, women, & children each month rely on the food bank’s distribution center to make ends meet.

About Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is the largest nonprofit hunger relief organization in Orange County leading the fight to end hunger in our community. Second Harvest distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of 180 partner agencies in locations throughout the county. Last year, Second Harvest provided enough food for more than 20.1 million meals, feeding more than 200,000 people each month. Every dollar donated to Second Harvest provides enough food for three meals for the hungry. Second Harvest is a member of Feeding America, a national hunger relief organization. For more information about our work and how you can help visit FeedOC.org.

About Hunger Action Month™
September is Hunger Action Month, when Feeding America and member food banks ask everyone in America to take action to fight hunger in their community, all month long. Hunger Action Month is an opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on Feeding America’s effort to feed more Americans than ever before. Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering, supporters can find the way that’s right for them to make a difference during Hunger Action Month and solve hunger together.

About eBay for Charity™
eBay for Charity is a platform that enables members of the eBay community to donate to causes in the U.S. and abroad. Sellers can donate anywhere between 10-100 percent of the proceeds and buyers can add a donation to their purchase during checkout. To date, more than $650 million dollars have been raised on eBay for Charity.

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