Mitsubishi has decided to stop producing the i-MiEV-based Citroen C-Zero and Peugeot iOn because of low sales.
Mitsubishi Motors has announced this week that they have stopped the production of the Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero due to low sales. Both cars are based on Mitsubishi's i-MiEV and have been built in Mizushima, Japan. Both Mitsubishi and PSA Peugeot Citroen have mentioned that this is only a temporary halt but they didn't reveal when the production will start again.
According to market researchers JATO Dynamics, PSA managed to sell only 935 C-Zeros and 852 iOns in Europe in the first six months of the year. The Japanese automaker has been shipping these vehicles since 2010 to PSA as part of a deal to provide 100,000 cars. The i-MiEV was introduced back in 2009, while the two other models debuted one year later, with Mitsubishi building just 29,000 units of the three models.
A Mitsubishi spokesman said that the production total is lower than what the company expected, but even so it will not affect the company's deal to co-develop EV versions of the Citroen Berlingo and the Peugeot Partner.