Mitsubishi Motors announced its plans to begin production of the Outlander Sport compact crossover at its Illinois plant.
Until now Mitsubishi manufactured at the Illinois plant models designed only for the North American Market: the Galant, Eclipse, Eclipse Spyder, and the Endeavor. But now, Mitsubishi Motors changes to strategic global production producing the Outlander Sport, for North America, Central and South America, Russia, and the Middle East.
The Illinois plant currently produces 50,000 units annually, but the company plans to expand production to 70,000 in the near future. Now as a global production and export hub, the company plans to keep the facility running at appropriate production levels.
The company’s officials even held a commemorative line-off ceremony at the plant and MMC Managing Director Tetsuro Aikawa presented the Illinois plant change in perspective.
“Mitsubishi Motors is now moving forward with ‘global’ vehicles that satisfy the needs of many consumers worldwide. Through the diligence of every single worker at the Illinois plant, we plan to make great strides not only in the North American market, but in other markets outside of North America by producing and exporting the Outlander Sport.”