Mitsubishi considering killing Galant until new successor arrives

Mitsubishi’s CEO Osamu Masuko is considering killing production of the Galant at the companies Normal, Illinois plant. Instead he plans on producing small cars at the factory and is also considering moving production of the Lancer and Outlander crossover to the plant.

The plant has been running on low capacity for some time now. Last month, the Normal factory received a 4-year extension after Mitsubishi and the UAW signed a deal. Masuko is now working with analysts to figure out what model mix will be most profitable for the plant.

“To do the Galant again in the United States is not realistic,” Masuko told Automotive News.

He said that the most sensible thing for Mitsubishi to do is kill the sedan in midcycle and reintroduce it when it has a successor. The new 2009 Mitsubishi Galant was recently unveiled at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show in Feb.


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