Le télégramme instantané late last week..
...The French Mitsubishi Cordia...?
Came across this one at the wreckers at the start of the year; sadly (..? Yeah, I'm happy to go with that) the the only time in recent-ish memory I'd actually seen one of these damn things.
I'd always remembered them to some extent, after having a quirky local relative who'd strangely been eager enough to own a medium blue one. LONG since moved on though, as seemed to be the case for everyone else; so not being part of any European (let alone French!) car clubs/communities, it's just not something I'd really ever get to come across again...
No console between the seats is a pain, and those pedals look very offset to the centre... but the carpet up the doors? That's a plus. The large buttons on the sides of the gauge binnacle? Bold *and* practical. Great fabrics, and unghf.. the two-spoke fighter-pilot-ey wheel is very nice...
..as for the HVAC unit underneath, I'm going to have to assume the text/markings there have just thoroughly (impressively!) worn off, as there's certainly not a whole lot in the way of identification!
I have no idea why so many of these European manufacturers thought this was a good idea (have seen similar layouts in Saab, Audi...) but ho-ly-hell this thing would get some ferocious understeer. All that weight it just hanging out so far in front of those driven wheels, even quick changes in direction would be frightening: a slalom getting well out-of-hand by the second turn!
Unfortunately that's all the photos I took of this one, and it's very likely long been pancaked now.
So I may be up for another long time between Fuego-sightings.
It's not something I'd ever dream of owning, but something I always love to see. Genuinely. I'm so glad people (somewhere, surely) could still be driving these things; and it is likely.. thanks to what are really just basic underpinnings wrapped up in that stylish package.
So Fuego-away, Fuego-enthusiasts! Please keep at it...