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Mitsubishi to Withdraw From Car Production in China – Nikkei

Japanese carmaker will withdraw from its joint venture with state-owned Guangzhou Automobile Group, as sales have been sluggish because of the rising popularity of EVs

Mitsubishi Motors is to withdraw from China and its joint venture with Guangzhou Auto Group.
A Mitsubishi Motors sign is seen next to a Mitsubishi Motors electric car at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2019 (Reuters file photo).


Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi Motors has decided to pull out of car production in China, according to a report by Nikkei, which said late on Wednesday that it would withdraw from its joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC), as sales had been sluggish because electric vehicles made by local brands had become popular.

Mitsubishi Motors said in May it had suspended production of its Outlander SUV in China for three months and would take a charge of $77 million for slowing sales – down 58% from 2022 – at its joint venture with state-owned GAC Group. Nikkei said GAC Mitsubishi has a factory in Hunan province but production stopped in March and would not be resumed.

Read the full report: Nikkei Asia.




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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years.


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