Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Mitsubishi plans to make India as global small car hub, may launch Mirage hatchback in India

Japanese auto major Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) plans to join compatriots Nissan Motor Limited and Suzuki Motor Corporation in setting up a global hub for manufacturing small cars in the country.

The Japanese car giant currently has a licensing agreement with the C K Birla-promoted Hindustan Motors (HM), which manufactures mostly executive sedans such as the Lancer and the Cedia and sports utility vehicles, including the Pajero, the Outlander and the Montero. It does not have any small car in its portfolio.

Mitsubishi has seven manufacturing facilities across Japan, North America, the Netherlands (Europe), Thailand and Philippines at present. It has 11 tie-ups for producing vehicles in another 10 countries.

Masahiko Ueki, executive officer and corporate general manager (Asia & ASEAN), MMC, said, “We will commence production of our global small car Mirage from April in Thailand. We are exploring the possibility of a second manufacturing site for the car in India.” He, however, said a final decision would be taken after countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia were looked at.

The small car may also be launched in India soon. Recently, the car maker launched Mitsubishi Pajero Sports in India. Click here for more details.


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