Mitsubishi Motors Reaches Milestone Of 3 Million Vehicles Assembled In U. S.

Thu, Oct 29, 2009 - Normal, IL -

About 800 employees cheered the three millionth car assembled at Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) today as a rally red 2010 Eclipse GT was driven off the assembly line.

Mitsubishi Motors North America President & CEO Shin Kurihara congratulated employees on their accomplishment and shared memories of his visit to the site of the then-future assembly plant in Normal, when he visited the vacant field in 1985. "How could I have imagined that I would be here as President almost 25 years and three million vehicles later?, he added.

MMNA Manufacturing Division President & CEO Shiro Futaki extended the congratulations to customers, suppliers, affiliated Mitsubishi Motors companies, and the UAW, which represents the majority of the MMNA Manufacturing workforce. "Today we celebrate what we have accomplished together," Futaki said. "It is our teamwork and working together that have created our success."

UAW Local 2488 President Ralph Timan expressed thanks and congratulations to the union's membership and MMNA. MMNA Manufacturing Chief Operating Officer Jerry Berwanger was the master of ceremonies for the celebration.

The three millionth vehicle rolled off the line at 2:30 p.m. CDT and was received by a delegation including the members of the UAW Local 2488 bargaining committee.

Background: MMNA Timeline

  • October 1985, Diamond-Star Motors was incorporated as a joint venture of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and Chrysler Corporation.
  • April 1986, ground broken for the auto assembly plant in Normal, Illinois. Construction of the 1.9 million square foot facility, with an annual production capacity of 240,000 vehicles, was completed in March 1988.
  • Diamond-Star Motors simultaneously launched its first two mass production vehicles in September 1988: the Mitsubishi Eclipse and the Plymouth Laser.
  • In 1991, MMC purchased Chrysler's 50 percent share and the plant became a wholly-owned subsidiary of MMC.
  • In October 1995, Mitsubishi Motors celebrated production in Normal of the one-millionth vehicle - which was the first Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder convertible. It was also the 10th anniversary of incorporation.
  • In February, 2001, MMNA celebrated production of its two-millionth vehicle.

Vehicles Produced at MMNA

  • Plymouth Laser (1988-1994)
  • Mitsubishi Mirage (1989-1992)
  • Eagle Talon (1989-1998)
  • Eagle Summit (1990-1992)
  • Dodge Avenger (1994 -2000)
  • Chrysler Sebring coupe (1994 -2005)
  • Dodge Stratus coupe (2000 -2005)
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse (first produced in 1988 and currently produced)
  • Mitsubishi Galant (first produced in 1993 and currently produced)
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder convertible (first produced in 1995 and currently produced)
  • Mitsubishi Endeavor (first produced in 2002 and currently produced)

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, finance, sales, and marketing operations for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells coupes, convertibles, sedans, sport utility vehicles, and light trucks through a network of approximately 420 dealers. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.