Mitsubishi Planning to Build Lancer-Based Models in the US, Axe Galant and Eclipse


The future of Mitsubishi in America is tied very closely to its production facility in Normal, Ill. Having suffered significantly in the market over the past several years (sales for 2010 were just 55,683 units compared to 345,111 in 2002), the Japanese automaker is planning a shakeup.

According to Automotive News, Mitsubishi will build vehicles based on the Lancer/Outlander platform at the Normal, Ill. facility in two years time. As a result, the current models being built there could get the axe entirely. They include the Galant, Endeavor, Eclipse and Eclipse Spyder.

Once the core of Mitsubishi’s sales, these models have failed to keep up with the times, lacking significant updates, as well as more advanced technology, equipment and design. A mid-sized car like the Galant is, however, key to success in the U.S. market and so it’s unlikely the automaker will abandon that segment entirely.

[Source: Automotive News]