The Mitsubishi Xpander is selling like hotcakes across ASEAN

Carmaker expanding production once again
by Drei Laurel | Oct 8, 2018
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Remember back in August this year when Mitsubishi said it was ramping up production of the hot-selling Xpander? Well, it turns out that still isn't enough to keep up with demand.

The Japanese carmaker has just announced it is expanding the production capacity of its all-new MPV from 160,000 units to 220,000 units by fiscal year 2020. Production volume is pegged to shoot up to 160,000 units by 2020, and exports will rise to 50,000 units. And to think this is just to meet demand for the ASEAN region.

All this will be happening at the company's manufacturing facility in Bekasi, Indonesia, which will see a handful of improvements and additional funding in order to meet expectations. An extra ¥4 billion will be invested in the plant, and 800 new personnel are expected to arrive as well.

What's more, regional production of engine parts will see a boost courtesy of Nissan Motor Indonesia (NMI): "This will increase the localized parts ratio of Xpander to about 80% from the current 70% and have beneficial economic effects on the local supply chain. The expansion of NMI facility will mean 160,000 units of the engine will be produced annually," Mitsubishi said in an official statement.

Expanding Xpander production. See what we did there? On a more serious note, we're crossing our fingers that we'll see more of them on our roads sometime soon.

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