Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) could well be on its way to be the country's first vehicle exporter in years. This was following talks between Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) president, Osamu Masuko, and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Late last year, the DTI requested the Japanese automaker to begin exporting Mitsubishi vehicles made in the Philippines to be exported out of the country, to which MMC agreed.
With that, DTI secretary Ramon Lopez said that the move is one of the steps that will help turn the Philippines into an international production hub for vehicles once again. MMC president Masuko then said that Philippine-assembled Mirage and Mirage G4 models will be exported within the ASEAN region by this year.
Currently, the Mirage hatchback and Mirage G4 (sedan) are made under the Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) program. That means the two subcompact cars have a significant amount of local content in them courtesy of local suppliers. Masuko added that the L300 will also be exported in neighboring ASEAN countries.
“The intention is to produce specific models that will be exported to our neighbors in ASEAN. The good thing here is, as MMC is already present in other ASEAN countries like Thailand and Indonesia, they are planning to make certain countries as production hub for certain models, which will serve their respective domestic and export markets,” said Sec. Lopez.
Besides vehicle production, MMC expressed their intention to work with the Philippine government for the development of electric vehicles in the country. Mitsubishi, along with its Alliance partners Nissan and Renault, have been pouring in a significant investment in the Philippines as of late. Back in July 2018, the Alliance recently opened what they call their joint staff center in MMPC's facility in Santa Rosa, Laguna. The two-storey facility is set to train 200 Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors trainees a day for customer service and relations, along with vehicle servicing and repairs.