According to Japan's Nikkei news services, Mitsubishi will cease production at its only factory in United States.

According to Japan's Nikkei news services, Mitsubishi will cease production at its only factory in United States.

An official confirmation is not available at this point, but apparently Mitsubishi has decided to terminate assembly at the factory in Normal, Illinois as a move to focus on a growing Asian market. The report goes on to specify Mitsubishi is interested in selling this plant which was inaugurated back in 1988 as a result of a joint venture with Chrysler.

Mitsubishi will apparently start negotiations with the factory's labor representatives to try and keep the current staff consisting of 918 employees who are all represented by UAW. This decision to stop making cars in United States comes as a surprise taking into account Mitsubishi's sales in the U.S. have jumped by 25% to 49,544 cars in the January-June 2015 interval, boosted by a 17% increase in demand for the locally built Outlander Sport while sales of cars have surged by 40%.

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