- Mar 6, 2009
Mitsubishi killing off MRDA California design studio
The Cypress campus was perhaps best known for designing the current Eclipse and Spyder, but hasn't had much to do since then. It was established in 2000 when Mitsubishi thought it would be a good idea to open an American design house to develop America-specific models. The late, not-so-great Raider was one of them, along with the Galant, Endeavor and the aforementioned Eclipse and Spyder. Thus ends Project America. Sadly, we can all but confirm that the Double Shotz MRDA concept will never make it to production now.
Thankfully, Mitsubishi will at least retain its small office for design in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where they are doing research and testing on their upcoming i MiEV electric vehicle. Thanks to everyone for the tips!
[Source: NY Times]