Mitsubishi's top selling vehicle is now made in Illinois. The Japanese automaker has shifted production of the Outlander Sport to it's only U.S. production facility in Normal. Governor Pat Quinn touted the sporty crossover SUV during remarks to 1,200 plant workers, company executives, and other officials.
Half of the Outlanders built in Normal will be sent overseas with the other half kept for U.S. sales. About 50,000 will be produced annually. The governor launched a tax credit program a year and a half ago to help keep the plant open and Mitsubishi funneled $45 million into retooling the facility in Normal. U.S. Sales of the Outlander are up 13% compared to a year ago, although Mitsubishi has only a tiny sliver of the American import automarket.
(above, Governor Pat Quinn puts his signature on a banner during the cermonial Outlander Sport "hood signing")
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