One and a quarter million Mitsubishi vehicles made in 2017, an 18% increase. Which segments were they in and how do they compare with 20 years ago? If that's something that floats your boat, you've come to the right place.
SUV: They accounted for nearly half (47.4%) of the volume, up from 16.9% back in 1997. That's quite a difference and reflects the change in car buying that has gone on in that time.
LCV: A quarter of a million made for 19.8% compared to 21.7% so little change there, on the surface at least. More pickups and fewer vans and micro commercials.
Car: The reverse of the SUV, with only a 16.9% slice of the pie now compared to 42.6% twenty years ago. There is less demand and the margins aren't that great so not a bad thing.
Kei: Japan's bonsai cars have increased, from 7.9% to 13.7%. That's not something I anticipated but the facts don't lie. I'm picking it reflects Mitsubishi rather the market as a whole.
MPV: Generally a popular genre in Asia but not big for MMC. The new Xpander saved the day and gave the category a welcome boost.
Sport: It may have taken 5% of the total in 1997, but it was in 2011 that the last Mitsubishi sports car rolled off a production line. It is a small segment and not worth the cost to be involved.
Data source: MMC.