The Mitsubishi Carisma was a large family car produced for the European market by Mitsubishi from 1995 to 2004. The model name was derived from a combination of the English car and the Greek kharisma, meaning ‘divine gift’. It was co developed with Volvo, sharing its Chassis with the first generation of the Volvo S40, and built at the NedCar factory in Born, Netherlands, which the two companies co-owned at the time. Over 350,000 were built during its production run. The car was judged to be a reliable, low cost vehicle but lacked visual appeal and competed by price and size in two very competitive markets without a strong selling point.
The Mitsubishi charisma on offer here previously ran in the Dutch Touring Car Championship from 1999 to 2003 winning all four seasons. The car was driven by Tim Coronel, Tim made his first steps in racing by winning the Dutch Citroën AX Cup in 1994 as a 22-year-old. He followed this with a move into single-seaters finishing seventh and then fifth in two years in the Formula Opel Eurocup. In 1997 he raced in German F3. He moved to Touring Cars in 1998 racing a Mitsubishi Carisma in the Dutch Championship.