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    Quote Originally Posted by Zero View Post
    The exports to Russia for the Outlander Sport decreased and according to Mitsubishi, that is what kept the plant operating. i certainly hope something negotiated and workers can keep their jobs.
    So it was basically the domino effect. With demand reduction Mitsu decided to re-allocate capacities to more profitable plants and close least profitable. Makes sense, since they just bought out Ford plant in Philippines capable of 90k/year production, and shifting Mirage production to Philippines will free capacities in Thailand.


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    Looks like Mitsubishi is having a bit of trouble unloading the ol' Normal plant...

    http://www.autoblog.com/2015/10/03/m...union-workers/

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
    Jalopnik ...

    These guys, on the other hand, think it's too soon to count Mitsubishi out. Sales are up, in no small part because of the Mirage.
    Sorry to bring back this thread for what is essentially unrelated reasons but I thought the gift in this article is hilarious.

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    Any info on Russian joint plant in Kaluga where supposedly Outlander production went to? There were reports of suspending production there to earlier back in March of 2015.

    EDIT: from looking online they did suspend production in Russia, and all Outlander Sports are now made in Thailand.
    Last edited by cyclopathic; 03-31-2016 at 01:23 PM.

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    That is one of the best pics I've ever seen!

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    Update: plant bought by electric truck startup

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    Not sure what have you seen that electric truck from Michigan? Brand name starts with a letter R I believe. fits a 6 x 13' no problem or something similar eh

    Rivian. That's the name thanks google
    This is very interesting. The Wikipedia entry for Rivian states that they have purchased the former Diamond Star plant that Mitsubishi abandoned in Normal, Illinois.

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    In 2017, Rivian acquired a large Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Illinois, and its contents for $16 million. Rivian's strategy in acquiring the plant has been likened to Tesla's acquisition of the NUMMI plant in California. The company received a $1 million grant and a five-year tax abatement from Normal contingent on meeting employment targets and investing $40.5 million over five years. Rivian also received $49.5 million in tax credits from the state government; these credits are also contingent upon meeting employment targets and investing at least $175 million into the site by 2024. Ahead of production, Rivian currently employs more than 50 people at the Normal facility.

    In December 2017, Rivian announced their intentions to build both an SUV and pickup truck on the same platform. The truck would launch first, followed by the seven-passenger SUV.
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    Rivian acquired a manufacturing plant near Normal, Illinois, in the former Mitsubishi Motors plant in January 2017. As of 2017, the company planned for this plant to be the primary North American location for its manufacturing. The plant has a floor area of 220,000 m2 (2.4 million square feet). The company says the plant has a paint shop, robotics, stamping machines, and other production equipment.
    They sound like Tesla. This company will be interesting to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggman View Post
    They sound like Tesla. This company will be interesting to watch.
    Weird there is a Mitsubishi connection what are the odds? I just saw something in the newspaper about the e-truck, a news blurb and small picture. Not sure if that is ironic. What a truck though 0-60 in 3 seconds and can carry way more than those lumbering lazy boy trucks with no truck beds.

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    Good find, Eggman!

    (Moved these posts from the sales thread to this old thread for the update.)

    Funny thing is: isnt Tesla out of production capacity in Cali? In that context, I wondered why they hadnt bought this Mitsu plant for the upcoming model Y, semi, etc.

    Now we know why.

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    I believe Tesla's giga factory is in Nevada. Not sure what other locations they have though.
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    I thought their gigafactory was for battery production only. Could be wrong...


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