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According to reports citing Japan's Nikkei daily, Mitsubishi Motors North America will be cranking up production at its Normal, Illinois plant, but not because the company expects a 100-percent increase in demand here to match the 70,000 units the plant will soon be cranking out. Instead, the plant will be making Outlander Sport models intended for export from the U.S. to markets like Russia and Latin America. To make way for the increased Outlander Sport output, the slow-moving Galant family sedan will leave the building. No replacement has been announced.

Mitsubishi has plants worldwide, but those in closest proximity to strengthening markets are reportedly running at full tilt, so the move makes use of plants in markets where demand is slack. Mitsubishi has seen its fortunes in the U.S. atrophy, and even though sales improved somewhat last year, this production shift shows that turnabout is fair play, with the offshore parent using its American assets to make cars for markets that would typically be producing the goods, not consuming them.


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      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Woah... you mean we as a country can actually EXPORT products?! No way! This creates jobs here at home AND brings in money from other countries. Its a shame that Mitsu isn't an American company so that even more of the ultimate profits stayed here, but this is still a good thing for this country.
      Jason Golden
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm pleased to see production capacity utilized in this US plant. However, I'm very concerned that Mitsu's longevity in the US market is in danger.
      Matt
      • 2 Years Ago
      US manufacturing for export makes me :). Thank you strong Yen.
        mapoftazifosho
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt
        Or the weak dollar...it's not all bad when the US dollar is weak... There is ALWAYS AN UPSIDE!
          Matt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mapoftazifosho
          Yup. Might make exports more expensive but thats just incentive to companies to bring factories back here and make more tangible goods here.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's mind boggling that the Outlander Sport could be so good looking while the Outlander so catatrophic looking..
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        I think the Outlander is decent looking. The Endeavor, however, looks like it was designed by Playskool.
      Herbie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting comments, but as an aside - what the hell is going on with the Evo? Why is this vehicle not getting any love from Mitsu? They need to address the Q/C issues, update the design, and try to get some buzz back with this previously awesome car.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Tourian
        • 2 Years Ago
        You say you don't care, but you manage to post and subsequently take a dump on every Mitsubishi article. Sounds like an obsession to me.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      Double nothing is still nothing.
        donnieorama
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeremy Pennini
        In the US--but apparently Mitsu's doing well elsewhere. Did you read the article?
      yesaninsider
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeaaaayy now we're the 3rd world developing nation making & exporting goods lol... On the plus side this will help w/our MASSIVE trade deficit (well, actually, it won't make a dent)
        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @yesaninsider
        Just wait, as our infrastructure continues crumbling we won't even be able to move goods to ports.
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @yesaninsider
        Are Japan and Germany 3rd world developing nations too? Don't sneer at manufacturing, it imports cash.
      psyabe
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the best news I've heard in a very long time. It pleases me to see us step in China's shoes for once. I always frown when seeing China's export numbers, very happy that we'll get to play their role and I'm hoping this is only the beginning of a new chapter in U.S economy
      djrroar1
      • 2 Years Ago
      This means that there wil be more Mitsu product for the U.S. market at more reasonable prices. I seem Mitsu building more and more products in the U.S and being able to afford to bring better product configurations to the market. Local Mitsu store is selling Outlander Sports as fast as they can get them!
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      Dennis Baskov
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope Mitsu is going strive in other country's so they can bring back their original lineup again. 3000gt is still my favorite car of all time, and with Mitsubishi being in deep sh*t, I don't see it returning anytime soon. What really surprises me is that they got rid of Eclipse and Galant, I see no logic behind this move. Still I hope they can recover soon, and come back as sporty and beautiful/stylish car designers they been before. In meantime I will be dreaming about 3000gt revival.
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