The Mitsubishi Galant is an automobile that was manufactured by Mitsubishi from 1969 to 2012. The name was derived from the French word galant, meaning "chivalrous". There have been nine distinct generations; cumulative sales exceed five million. It began as a compact sedan, but over the course of its life evolved into a mid-size car. Initial production was based in Japan, but since 1994 the American market was served by vehicles assembled at the former Diamond-Star Motors (DSM) facility in Normal, Illinois.