Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand)
|Headquarters||88 Moo 11 Phahonyothin Road, Tambon Klong Nueng, Amphoe Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani 12120, Thailand|
|Key people||Michiro Imai (President)|
|Parent||Mitsubishi Motors (99.9%)|
|Subsidiaries||MMC Engine Co., Ltd. (MEC)|
Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (MMTh) is the Thai operation of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. It became the first Thai automobile manufacturer to export vehicles overseas in 1988, and has remained the country's largest exporter every year since.
It is currently the most productive of Mitsubishi's four manufacturing facilities outside Japan, with 133,109 vehicles in 2006, and exported its millionth pickup truck in October 2007. In anticipation of a growth in the market for pickup trucks, Mitsubishi is investing ฿21 billion (¥1 billion) to increase local capacity to 200,000 units.
Mitsubishi began building trucks in Thailand in 1966, by a company called UDMI (established 1964). The Galant sedan followed in 1972 and the L200 pickup truck in 1981. Subsequent to commencing exports of the L200 pickup in 1988, Mitusbishi Motors Thailand exported the Lancer to Canada in the first half of the nineties.
Sittipol, a Thai Mitsubishi distributor since 1961, merged with UDMI in 1987 and formed MMC Sittipol. In 2001 Mitsubishi increased their stake from 46.2 to 99.9%, followed by a name change to "Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd." in November 2003. A Thai-only SUV on L200 basis, called the Strada G-Wagon, was built in 2001-2005.
The Mirage, Lancer, Grandis and Triton models are all produced locally. In addition, MMTh owns a subsidiary, MMC Engine Co., Ltd. (MEC), located at Laemchabang Industrial Estates, Tambol Tongsukhla Amphor Srirancha Cholburi, which produces auto components.
Production and sales
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- "Mitsubishi Motors sets new record: 1,000,000 pick up trucks exported from Thailand", Mitsubishi Motors press release, October 11, 2007
- "Mitsubishi Vows to Continue with Expansion in Thailand", Santan Santivimolnat, Bangkok Post, June 4, 2004
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- Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Google Finance entry
- "Subsidiaries and Affiliates", Mitsubishi Motors website