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Topic subjectNormal, IL plant shutting down
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49021, Normal, IL plant shutting down
Posted by VX100, Dec-31-69 06:00 PM
Seems like Mitsu will just build overseas.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mitsubishi-motors-plans-japan-south-east-asia-russia-054056820--finance.html


Interesting to note from article: Mitsubishi sells 1 million vehicles world wide (not that many if you think about it, compared to other manufacturers), but only 82k last year in North America. That plant make 200k cars a year once, only about 70k a year now.
49022, RE: Normal, IL plant shutting down
Posted by DarkOne, Dec-31-69 06:00 PM
Sad. Mitsubishi certainly isn't what it used to be.
49023, RE: Normal, IL plant shutting down
Posted by Corbin, Dec-31-69 06:00 PM
Looks like a sensible financial move. Americans just aren't buying their products. It seems like they whittle down their line-up every couple years. Now it is down to the Lancer, Outlander, and Mirage. With dwindling sales here, there is no motivation to bring us anything to revitalize their image. Eventually, they will probably drop out of the US market entirely. That would be a problem. I'm on a first name basis with the Mitsu parts department.

Corbin
'97 GSX dressed like a '95 ESi
49024, RE: Normal, IL plant shutting down
Posted by ez, Dec-31-69 06:00 PM
I heard they are in discussion with another company that may acquire the plant, hopefully saving most of the jobs there. Sad news.

49025, RE: Normal, IL plant shutting down
Posted by DarkOne, Dec-31-69 06:00 PM
Originally posted by Corbin
With dwindling sales here, there is no motivation to bring us anything to revitalize their image. Eventually, they will probably drop out of the US market entirely.


I read something to the contrary that I found encouraging: http://jalopnik.com/mitsubishi-is-not-dead-yet-1720389883

"Despite popular belief, Mitsubishi is actually expanding in terms of sales in the United States, with car sales up about 32 percent year-over-year in June and up nearly 25 percent for the first half of the year."

"Mirage sales are up 63.3 percent year-over-year, with 13,501 vehicles through June. Thatís more than sales of the Volkswagen Beetle convertible and coupe combined"

"If they want to build a plant, it makes more sense to build in a place like Mexico where the free trade agreements are far superior (the Normal plant, for instance, used to export vehicles to Russia)."
49028, RE: Normal, IL plant shutting down
Posted by John99RS, Dec-31-69 06:00 PM
I like what Dino posted! I know they aren't what they used to be but it would be really sad to see them stop completely over here. Between Dodge and Mitsu, I'm constantly searching and buying parts for my cars. It's getting harder to find them without going aftermarket.
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