Mitsubishi focuses on the production of people-carrier vans similar to the Hyundai Starex

Nov 10, 2018 | Same topic: Auto industry: Latest updates
The unidentified Mitsubishi van will be manufactured at Sandouville, France.

One particular car brand is now focusing its market towards the production of people carriers. Mitsubishi has announced that they are indeed developing a van that similar to a popular unit - the Hyundai Starex.

According to the latest car news, the unidentified Mitsubishi van will be manufactured at Sandouville, France. This is an investment effort of the alliance to Renault's manufacturing facilities. It is said that the vehicle, can potentially compete with existing car models like the Peugeot Traveller and Hyundai Grand Starex, will be marketed in New Zealand and Australia.

Aside from the previously mentioned Sandouville Factory, the alliance also plans to invest at Renault's Maubeuge factory which was dubbed as the company's "small-van center of excellence.

In the middle of 2019, the facility targets to begin production of Nissan vans based from Renault's Kangoo, identified as the NV250.

New Mitsubishi van front view

The unidentified Mitsubishi van will be manufactured at Sandouville, France

With the inclusion of the NV250's production, the Maubeuge plant will serve as the manufacturing center of Renault Kangoo line and it's electric counterparts. To realize the production target set by the alliance, Group Renault plans to invest up to EUR 450 Million for the plant, its manufacturing expenses, and additional manpower requirements. 

In a statement given by Carlos Ghosn, CEO and alliance Chairman, the increased number of van production is Alliance's goal to maximize their revenues amounting to a staggering EUR 10 Billion. For the group to achieve this goal, the 3 car brands will have to effectively utilize the functionality of common platforms and production plants.

New Mitsubishi van's production

The Maubeuge plant will serve as the manufacturing center of Renault Kangoo line and it's electric counterparts

The global van expertise of Groupe Renault’s drives synergies across the Alliance to deliver the services that benefit their customers. Because of the ability and competitiveness of the Maubeuge and Sandouville plants to leverage Alliance common platforms, they were able to provide the most attractive solution.

This year, a total investment of EUR 1.4 billion in France were announced by Groupe Renault to support the two pillars of growth which are the light commercial and pure electric vehicles as stated by CEO Ghosn in an interview.

Source: Hanna Miel Sanchez