On July 27, Mitsubishi Motors officially announced that it will cease production in the United States.
Currently, Mitsubishi’s subsidiary Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. (MMNA) handles production and sales of the Outlander Sport (RVR in Japan) but as of November 2015, it will cease production. From that time, the model will be produced at its Okazaki plant, its main production facility, and it will be available in the US as an import from Japan.
The company began production operations in the United States in 1988 with the formation of Diamond Star Motors (DSM), a joint venture with Chrysler. In 1991, Mitsubishi bought out Chrysler’s portion of DSM completely and continued producing cars as a Mitsubishi plant. Units produced had surpassed 222,000 by the year 2000, but with the end of its production of OEM for Chrysler and the effect of Lehman shock, business fell off sharply. Production in 2014 only reached 69,000.
Following the end of production, Mitsubishi is looking for a buyer for MMNA with the help of the UAW (International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America).
(Translated by Greg Scott)