Mitsubishi Pledges To Keep Selling Cars in U.S. Despite Plant Closing | Edmunds

Mitsubishi Pledges To Keep Selling Cars in U.S. Despite Plant Closing

NORMAL, Illinois Mitsubishi Motors will stop making cars in the U.S., but told Edmunds that the North American market "remains a priority."

"We will continue to sell Mitsubishi cars, including current and planned models, at Mitsubishi dealerships across the United States," the company said in a statement. "Mitsubishi Motors North America is preparing to end production of its sole production model 'Outlander Sport' at its Normal plant at the end of November 2015 and its production will be consolidated in Okazaki plant in Japan, pending a final decision by the MMC Board of Directors on July 30."

The Japanese automaker said it will stop building cars at its Normal, Illinois plant and seek a "strategic buyer" for the factory, which opened in 1988 as a joint venture between Mitsubishi and Chrysler.

"Following a review of Mitsubishi Motor Corporation's global supply chain, we have been informed it is necessary to end production and seek a strategic buyer for the Normal plant," the statement said. "MMC's board will make a formal decision in the near future and our focus right now is to identify a buyer who would continue to operate and maintain employment — the best potential outcome for our employees and the community."

The Mitsubishi lineup includes the Outlander and Outlander Sport SUVs, which target a long list of competitors, including the Dodge Journey, Honda CR-V and Subaru XV Crosstrek.

The Mitsubishi Lancer sedan takes on the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and Honda Civic.

The brand's most affordable car, the Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback, takes aim at the Chevrolet Spark, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent.

The electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV hatchback battles the Kia Soul EV and Nissan Leaf.

Edmunds says: Mitsubishi wants car shoppers to know that its dealerships will remain open for business.

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