Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) resumed production of the Pajero Sport midsize SUV at its PCMA Rus factory in Kaluga, Russia and held a ceremony on December 15.
In July 2013, MMC commenced production of the Pajero Sport at PCMA Rus, a joint-venture assembly plant owned in partnership with PSA Peugeot Citroen. However, production at the plant was suspended due to Russia’s stagnant automobile market resulting from the country’s economic crisis. Over the last two years, the Pajero Sport was imported from Thailand.
In 2017, Russia’s automobile market has recovered rapidly with a 14% improvement in sales from the previous year during the four-month period between April and July. MMC’s sales have also increased during the same period with a 19% rise year on year. Production of the Pajero Sport was resumed to enhance MMC’s lineup for the Russian market.
Established in 2009, the Kaluga factory spans 125,000 square meters and has an annual production capacity of 125,000 units. In addition to the Pajero Sport, MMC’s Outlander midsize SUV as well as a variety of models for the PSA Group are assembled at this plant. To resume production of the Pajero Sport, MMC has hired an additional 440 workers and plans to expand to a two-shift production system in early 2018.
Written by Toshiya Kouketsu@DAYS
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)