19 August 2016

Mitsubishi Kei Car Production By Model : 1997-2014


While regular sized cars have slipped for Mitsubishi, the tiny Kei variety have done well recently. It has been a roller coaster ride however. Most are sold in Japan with domestic regulations favouring them. They are well suited to a crowded nation with narrow streets too. What of the models listed in the chart below?

The Minica started in 1962 and lasted in production until 2011. It was initially a 2-door sedan, the second generation added hatchback and coupé variants. The third effort was just the 2-door again. The chart here picks up with the end of the 7th and beginning of the 8th in the series. It had a Toppo model, with an unusual high roof.

The Toppo is derived from the Minica and from 2008 was sufficiently different to separate form the Minica. It became a Kei MPV.

The eK Wagon is a 5-door hatchback that came out in 2001. The second generation came through in 2006 and third in 2013. It is also supplied to Nissan and I am unsure if the data provided by Mitsubishi excludes such cars. One source I found says they are included from 2005.

The i/iMiev is a 5-door hatchback electric vehicle, made also for PSA, unsure if those sales are included in production figures below.

Finally, the eK Space is related to the eK Wagon but more like a Kei MPV than hatchback the latter is. It was produced in large numbers, again probably including Nissan cars which I am unable to take out.

The chart below show production numbers for Mitsubishi cars, with some made for other companies unavoidably included.. The extreme right column is the percentage of total production for cars and light commercial vehicles.



eK Space eK Wagon i-MiEV Toppo Minica Total %

97 - - - - 115,483 115,483 8

98 - - - - 142,257 142,257 10

99 - - - - 150,624 150,624 11

00 - - - - 157,058 157,058 11

01 - 97,390 - - 82,585 179,975 15

02 - 115,918 - - 36,340 152,258 11

03 - 119,652 - - 33,553 153,205 12

04 - 70,826 - - 25,065 95,891 9

05 - 118,480 19,705 - 23,527 161,712 14

06 - 122,294 31,725 - 21,064 175,083 14

07 - 77,875 12,163 - 12,928 102,966 8

08 - 63,943 8,501 14,116 9,256 95,816 9

09 - 50,914 8,054 12,969 11,111 83,048 10

10 - 43,073 13,151 10,825 12,057 79,106 7

11 - 38,439 18,446 7,410 1,138 65,433 6

12 - 33,920 6,404 5,155 - 45,479 4

13 29,558 178,977 2,635 56 - 211,226 17

14 124,748 110,300 3,461 - - 238,509 19

Summary: The Kei car area of Mitsubishi's business has been reasonably successful. The recent scandal regarding falsified fuel consumption for such cars will hurt production from 2016 to some time into the future.

Data source: Mitsubishi Motors.

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