It is reported that the management of the company Mitsubishi is planning to stop the supply of the crossovers in Europe in September of this year, which may cause damage dealers of the automaker on the Old Continent. We are talking about plug-in hybrid performance Outlander, ASX and kupeobrazny Eclipse Cross.
Last month, the Japanese automaker has announced some adjustments to its model range for Europe – a time for Europe will present new models. Instead, the Japanese brand plans to focus on Southeast Asia.
Now it seems that the plan is becoming more radical and involves the rejection of some existing positions in the current model range Mitsubishi in Europe.
Foreign publication AutoNews Europe citing an anonymous source with close ties to company, announced that Mitsubishi stops deliveries of its three crossovers in European markets, starting next month.
Among the models – plug-in-hybrid version of the compact SUV Outlander, which is currently the best selling plug-in hybrid crossover in Europe, a compact crossover ASX crossover-coupe Eclipse Cross. Together, these three models accounted for 64 percent of Mitsubishi sales for the first six months of 2020 has been able to sell 53 242 instance of these crossovers.
The source also said that the import subcompact hatchback Space Star/Mirage, Mitsubishi’s bestseller in Europe, and pickup L200 is expected to continue until the end of 2021. If so, the decision casts doubt on the viability of Mitsubishi in Europe.
“No SUV and no business. On the runabout and L200 dealers to survive,” the source added. The decision of the management of Mitsubishi should be a rational explanation, right? Well, according to an unnamed insider, the termination of import of the key models of the company in Europe allows her to avoid reconfiguring their engines under the stringent standards of environmental performance.
The source added that Mitsubishi have not yet discussed compensation to dealers and importers and notified them in just three days of the July announcement of the suspension of the release models. Mitsubishi Europe did not comment on these data at the time of this writing.