TOKYO, Apr 19, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announces today that it has decided to transfer production of the RVR (or ASX / Outlander Sport in some markets) compact SUV from its Okazaki Plant to Mizushima Plant, effectively from the end of this December.
This decision was driven by MMC's measure to optimize its domestic production system in order to start production of the Eclipse Cross, MMC's new compact coupe SUV, at Okazaki Plant.
In parallel at Mizushima Plant, the production of the Lancer (or Galant Fortis in Japan) for export is scheduled to end in December. Through this production transfer of the current RVR, MMC ensures the production operation at the Mizushima Plant until the introduction of the next-generation RVR.
Outline of Mizushima Plant / Okazaki Plant (as of April 2017)
Models produced: Lancer for export, i-MiEV, eK Wagon, eK Space, etc.
Production capacity: 355,000 units/year (2 shifts)
Location: Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan
Models produced: Outlander, Outlander PHEV, RVR (ASX or Outlander Sport in some markets)
Production capacity: 234,000 units/year (2 shifts)
Location: Okazaki, Aichi, Japan
About Mitsubishi Motors
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is the fifth largest automaker in Japan and the fifteenth largest in the world by global unit sales. It is part of the Mitsubishi keiretsu, formerly the biggest industrial group in Japan, and was formed in 1970 from the automotive division of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
Throughout its history it has courted alliances with foreign partners, a strategy pioneered by their first president Tomio Kubo to encourage expansion, and continued by his successors. A significant stake was sold to Chrysler Corporation in 1971 which it held for 22 years, while DaimlerChrysler was a controlling shareholder between 2000 and 2005. Long term joint manufacturing and technology licencing deals with the Hyundai Motor Company in South Korea and Proton in Malaysia were also forged, while in Europe the company co-owned the largest automobile manufacturing plant in the Netherlands with Volvo for ten years in the 1990s, before taking sole ownership in 2001.
Public Relations Department
Apr 19, 2017 11:42 HKT/SGT
Source: Mitsubishi Motors
Topic: Press release summary
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