Breaking: Mitsubishi Ending U.S. Production, According To Nikkei Report

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson

Mitsubishi’s plant in Normal, Ill. is set to shut its doors for good. That’s what Japan’s Nikkei news service is reporting today, though U.S. representatives for the company declined to comment.

The plant was opened by Diamond-Star Motors, a joint venture between Mitsubishi and Chrysler, in 1988 after two years of construction. It currently builds the Outlander Sport/RVR, but was tasked with manufacturing the Eclipse/Plymouth Laser/Eagle Talon, Mirage/Eagle Summit, Galant, and coupe versions of the Dodge Avenger, Stratus and Chrysler Sebring during its lifetime.

According to Automotive News, the closure is part of a “strategic shift to the growing Asian market.” Mitsubishi will look for a buyer for the plant, and there’s no shortage of potential companies looking for additional capacity.

After the break up of Diamond-Star Motors, Chrysler’s stake in the plant was purchased by Mitsubishi. At its peak, the Normal facility produced about 200,000 vehicles per year. Last year, the plant produced just short of 70,000 vehicles, still better than the less than 20,000 it produced in 2009.

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  • Chris Tonn Chris Tonn on Jul 23, 2015

    Normal is less than three hours' drive from Subaru in Lafayette, Indiana. Hmm.

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    • L'avventura L'avventura on Jul 25, 2015

      Very unlikely that Subaru will pick up that plant unless they want to get into a whole messy situation with the UAW. Furthermore, Illinois isn't a right to work state like Indiana, and very union friendly.

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jul 23, 2015

    Me, and people like 28 and Bball (a year or more ago): "Mitsubishi will be pulling out of the US market soon, and that'll be the end of their operations here." Everybody else: "Naw hell naw, that DSM plant in IL will keep them here, they'd never close it, too much trouble. All them Outlanders is popleer wiff people." Now what, you people!?

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    • Pch101 Pch101 on Jul 24, 2015

      @Pch101 The main drag on Mitsubishi's American operations is the complete lack of interest that Americans have in their cars. And that lack of interest is unlikely to change.

  • Flybrian Flybrian on Jul 24, 2015

    Damn. Now what am I going to buy with my 540 FICO, $500 of Amscot money orders down, and my cousin's '94 Corsica that I may have to push/pull/drag in?

  • Danio3834 Danio3834 on Jul 24, 2015

    " Last year, the plant produced just short of 70,000 vehicles, still better than the less than 20,000 it produced in 2009." Not surprising they're shutting it down with that kind of capacity utilization. They can't afford to run a plant like that and closing it shows their intentions about their future in the US market with mainstream volume models.

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    • Pch101 Pch101 on Jul 24, 2015

      @Pch101 I have also heard that the Plymouth Arrow is due for a triumphant comeback.