Mitsubishi discontinues the assembly of Pajero Sport in Russia

Mitsubishi discontinues the assembly of Pajero Sport in Russia

Autostat – Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi will stop the production of Pajero Sport SUV at its Kaluga plant as of 2016. The relevant statement has been made to Izvestiya newspaper, by the Head of Mitsubishi in Russia: Naoya Takai. The model will be imported from this year onwards, thereby remaining in the Russian market. The experts are of the opinion that this way the manufacturer intends to minimise the risks which may arise as a result of a possible demand shrinkage by Russian consumers, in turn having maneuver room to increase the price of the SUV by 5%-8%.

Naoya Takai continued as follows: “This year we will introduce the new generation of Pajero Sport to the Russian market. However, instead of being manufactured in Kaluga as before, the model will be delivered from our Thailand plant. The model is entirely new, from a technical point of view. At the first stage, we are planning to test the consumer interest towards the model in different markets. Depending on the results, we would consider resuming the production in Kaluga.”

Takai has added that for 2016 Mitsubishi aims to maintain the previous production figures for the only remaining model manufactured by PSMA Rus (a joint venture of the French group PSMA Peugeot Citroen and Mitsubishi) at the Kaluga plant: Outlander. “We are hoping for a repeat of last year’s performance, during which we manufactured around 19,000 Outlander crossovers and 4000 Pajero Sport SUV.” said Takai.

According to AEB data, Mitsubishi has sold 35,900 automobiles in Russia in 2015 (-55%). Outlander has become the best-sold model of the company, with 16,294 vehicles (-53%).