Illinois’ Mitsubishi plant will produce the 2013 Outlander Sport for the U.S. market. The Outlander Sport is the compact crossover model of the Outlander. Mitsubishi has invested $45 million in the Normal plant to begin production of the utility vehicle which was previously produced in Japan.
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The company is slated to begin production of 50,000 each year with a goal of producing 70,000 a year. Mitsubishi says the vehicles will ship to U.S. dealerships in early August. Mitsubishi’s expansion in Illinois follows Chrysler’s growth from 200 jobs in 2009 to more than 4,000 jobs this summer and Ford’s addition of a third shift of workers in Chicago.