Some of the most-popular models of Mitsubishi from the past won't get direct successors, the company CEO has revealed.
Some of the most-popular Mitsubishi models from the recent past won't get direct successors, the company CEO has revealed.
Mitsubishi fans probably won’t be happy to hear the stylish Galant sedan and the Lancer evergreen are not getting successors as the Japanese company's CEO, Osamu Masuko, confirmed to Automotive News. The only reason for this decision is that the automaker doesn't have the resources to develop such models alone and hasn't been able to find a partner.
Instead, Mitsubishi will focus on compact and midsize SUVs, starting sometime in 2017 with a new coupe-styled crossover that will be positioned between the Outlander and Outlander Sport (ASX in Europe). The next generation Outlander Sport is next on the list and it will be ready in early 2019, Masuko confirmed.
“We are strong in SUVs and four-wheel drives. And that is what we would like to focus on as core models in the U.S. market. We have changed direction,” Masuko commented. “We are going to allocate more resources to the areas where we are strong in the U.S.”
Masuko also revealed the SUV lineup won’t be joined by a full-size Pajero successor because of fuel economy concerns. A direct successor for the i-MiEV is also not planned.
Source: Automotive News