Mitsubishi to Double US Output, Export Outlander Sport

According to a report coming from Japan via Automotive News, Mitsubishi Motors will double production at its plant Illinois to 70,000 vehicles per year. This is because the small automaker will stop only making vehicles for North America there and start assembling and exporting the Outlander Sport SUV this summer.
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 1 photo
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The Galant sedan will gradually be phased out of production there, most likely before Illinois switches to production of the small SUV. According to the report, Latin America, Russia and other countries in its region are prime export destinations, as transaction there are often done in US currency.

The 2012 Outlander Sport was recently named IIHS Top Safety Pick, and with a few special edition features we think it could be a hit in the US. Last year, Mitsubishi's US sales increased 42 percent to 79,020 units, but 2012 has already seen a drop in demand of 25 percent.
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