– Annual sales up 18% to 1.22 million in CY 2018
– Overseas sales reach 1,114,286 units, up 19% vs CY 2017
– Japan, Europe and North America all experience double-digit percentage increases
– ASEAN region sees 322,284 sales, up 35%, following success of new XPANDER
TOKYO, Japan – January 30, 2019 – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has revealed strong sales figures for CY 2018, with volumes up by 18% to 1,218,897 units. The figures prove the company still has strong momentum behind its V-shaped recovery plan, with double-digit percentage increases in both domestic and overseas markets.
New products including the Eclipse Cross SUV and revised Outlander PHEV saw sales in Japan grow from 91,630 to 104,611 – an increase of 14% versus CY 2017. Overseas sales were 1,114,286, an increase of 175,452 units and up +19% on the year.
Export markets also showed strong growth, with the United States up 14% to 118,075 units and Western Europe rising 19% to 178,414. Particular highlight was a 64% increase in France (to 7,303 units). Eastern Europe saw the greatest percentage growth – an increase of 79% versus CY 2017, in particular Russia with 45,391 sales, up 87% from the previous year.
As a region, it was the ASEAN business which saw the greatest rise with 322,284 sales, up 35% versus 2017. Indonesia was the main driver of this growth, with 146,805 sales – a massive 84% increase pushed by the success of new XPANDER compact multi-purpose vehicle. Mitsubishi Motors opened a new assembly plant in Indonesia during 2017 to build the new model. This success builds on the strong growth in 2017 too, meaning sales in Indonesia have risen by 118% in the past two years.
Other strong performances came from Thailand, with sales up 21% to 84,560, Vietnam (+60% to 10,969) and Malaysia (up 32% to 9,261).
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