28 August 2016

Mitsubishi MPV Production By Model : 1997-2014

Allowing for the fact that Mitsubishi's small MPVs are under the Kei car category for this series, then these are the larger multi purpose vehicles. Often around the 10% of total Mitsubishi production, from 2005 they have been minimal in their contribution. I assume the volumes they sold in made a business case hard to justify.

The first up is the Freeca aka the Adventure among a host of other names. It is a compact 5-door model made for the Asian region so don't be concerned if it passed under your radar. Next up the Zinger, a name that makes me think of chicken burgers for some reason. Slightly larger than the Freeca, it was made in Taiwan and China for the Asian market also, This sort of vehicle sells well in Asia.

The Grandis was another similar sized vehicle, that replaced the long running Chariot (Space Wagon & Nimbus were other names). It was sold around the world and the production numbers show the positive effect of that. The Dion was yet another compact model which was made in modest numbers, the automotive equivalent of a belly flop in diving.

The Grandis model was quite successful

A mini MPV built in Europe for that region was the Space Star which was reasonably popular. Last but not least the RVR when it was an MPV in its earlier form. It was introduced in 1991 and lasted until 2002. It was also called a Space Runner and in addition was sold as a Dodge, Eagle and Plymouth.

On the chart, the numbers on the extreme right are the percentage of total MMC production volume for this type of vehicle.


Freeca Zinger Grandis Dion Space RVR Total %
Advent Chariot - Star Space R
97 - 4,914 59,448 - - 22,861 87,223 6
98 6,308 16,008 88,251 - 13,305 13,976 137,848 10
99 11,622 14,653 63,010 15,282 58,383 20,333 183,283 14
00 27,645 17,044 26,734 30,977 30,116 4,028 136,544 10
01 12,490 13,531 19,098 9,699 44,908 1,416 101,142 8
02 17,411 12,537 27,862 5,696 46,824 241 110,571 8
03 11,271 11,800 52,316 1,881 40,807
118,075 10
04 11,538 11,359 55,286 2,697 24,315
105,195 10
05 6,701 12,479 50,988 1,797 -
71,965 6
06 4,560 4,791 25,636 - -
34,987 3
07 6,033 6,682 23,962 - -
36,677 3
08 4,570 3,515 11,186 - -
19,271 2
09 5,986 6,574 10,053 - -
22,613 3
10 7,390 6,588 7,606 - -
21,584 2
11 6,712 5,531 1,510 - -
13,753 1
12 6,062 5,382 1,304 - -
12,748 1
13 7,154 4,907 475 - -
12,536 1
14 6,237 5,021 - - -
11,258 1

Summary: The larger MPV within the Mitsubishi range has come in many forms over the years but seems to have run its course for the company. The numbers were not enough to justify the capital investment I would say.

Data source: Mitsubishi Motors.

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