Eagle Vista (1989–1992) is a rebadged 1983–1986 Mitsubishi Mirage, sold only in Canada. Eagle Vista was a subcompact car sold from 1989 to 1992 in Canada. It was a rebadged version of the second generation Mitsubishi Mirage. The Vista's only available engine was a 1.5 L I4 engines, and was available with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 3-speed automatic.
In 1971, Ford and GM introduced their subcompact models, with AMC's Gremlin having been the first introduced in April 1970. Of the four large American companies that were making cars at that point, only Chrysler did not develop a domestic subcompact car, electing instead to import models produced by its British and Japanese affiliates (the Plymouth Cricket and Dodge Colt respectively). Chrysler would not have a domestic subcompact until the 1978 Dodge Omni and Plymouth Horizon twins. Ford later added its European supermini, the Ford Fiesta, to its North American lineup for the 1978 model year, but it was only available for three years. Although they were all strong sellers in their time, none of the early domestic subcompacts are well thought of today, with the AMC Gremlin, Ford Pinto and Chevrolet Vega placing 4th, 3rd and 2nd, respectively, in Car Talk's "Worst Car of the Millennium" contest. The 'winner' was another subcompact, the Yugo.
Subcompacts are more popular in developing countries not because of their size, but of their cheaper price. For example, Volkswagen has always had a large presence in Brazil, and is one of the mainstream manufacturers there. Brazil had developed its own Volkswagen cars, based on German Volkswagen models. Examples of these are the Volkswagen Gol and the Volkswagen Fox.
The term "subcompact" has also changed in some countries as some sedan versions of these are still called subcompacts.