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Mitsubishi has announced that it will stop production at its Dutch factory by the end of the year

Mitsubishi will stop production at its Dutch factory by the end of the year, the manufacturer has announced. The NedCar facility currently builds the Mitsubishi Colt supermini and Mitsubishi Outlander SUV, but reports say annual production at the plant has dipped below 50,000 units.

Mitsubishi had previously hinted that it would build another model at the factory, but company sources have been quoted as saying that ‘exchange rates and labour costs’ as well as this year’s expected shrinkage in the European new car market, ruled out installing another Mitsubishi model.

Media reports suggest that the Japanese carmaker will investigate the possibility of allowing another manufacturer to take over the plant. Around 1500 people are employed at the facility.

Located near Maastricht, the Mitsubishi facility started life as a DAF plant and became a Volvo facility when the Swedes bought DAF’s car division in the mid-1970s. It became a joint-venture operation between the Dutch government, Volvo and Mitsubishi in 1991 and was the home of the S/V40 and Mitsubishi Carisma from the mid-1990s.

Mitsubishi took full ownership of the factory in 2001 with Volvo pulling out in 2004. Mitsubishi also built the Colt-based Smart ForFour for Mercedes at the plant.

Hilton Holloway


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ianp55 7 February 2012

Re: Mitsubishi to exit Europe

Looks like Mitsubishi's retreat from other markets such as Australia with the factory closing and relying on imports. Next thing that'll happen is the Colt's replacement will be too expensive to import due to currency fluctuations (as happened to Daihatsu) and the range will be reduced in size. I can forsee that as neither the ASX or the Lancer have been big sellers all that will be left is the Evo, L200 & the Shogun. It'll be a pity if Mitsubishi do pull out of Europe their vehicles have been solid if unexciting machines lacking a "premium" badge

PRODIGY 7 February 2012

Re: Mitsubishi to exit Europe

I think that it is looking more and more likely that PSA will step in and take a controlling stake. The imminent new Peugeot and Citroen versions of the ASX will probably be the first of many PSA-Mitsubishi collaberations.

SmartAlex 7 February 2012

Re: Mitsubishi to exit Europe

They'll be ending their sponsorship of You've Been Framed next...