Mitsubishi Lancer Sedans Equipped With CVT Recalled in China
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The Mitsubishi Lancers will have to pay a visit to service units because the brittle lever-bolt was manufactured using improperly modified techniques, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement. As expected, the problem will be fixed free of charge.
The cars affected are CVT-equipped Lancer saloons produced by Southeast between November 17 and December 15 2009. Owners can contact Southeast Motor by phone on 800-858-1666 or the aforementioned authority on 86-10-65537365.
The Mitsubishi Lancer EX has been produced in China since September 2009, at Southeast Motor’s Fujian plant. For the Chinese market, the car is named “Lanse Yishen”. It is available with a 1.8 liter or a 2.0 liter petrol engine. Mitsubishi has decided to use 4B1 series engines, directly imported from Japan, rather than locally assembled models to give the Lancer a marketing advantage. But, as we can see some Lancers have an Achile’s heels which might make this effort useless.
Southeast Motor is 25 percent owned by Mitsubishi and has handled the production of the previous generation Lancer saloon, the Soveran Wagon and the Galant saloon under the Mitsubishi brand. The Lancer is a key vehicle in the Mitsubishi line-up, as the company uses it to rival the Ford Focus and the Honda Civic, both available on the Chinese market through local partners of the automakers.
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