Looking to take advantage of the weakening dollar, Japanese automaker Mitsubishi is going to double the production from its Illinois factory here in America.
This will boost production to 70,000 vehicles a year from the plant that currently produces the outgoing Galant. Once the midsized Galant model is discontinued over the next few months, the Outlander Sport crossover will be produced in Illinois.
The strength of the yen has caused several Japanese-based automakers to shift production of export-bound vehicles to America. The doubling of production lets Mitsubishi take advantage of its under-utilized Illinois plant to help meet the demand in markets where its factories are already operating at full capacity. Latin America and Russia are the target markets for exporting the Outlander Sports that will be produced in Illinois.