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Mitsubishi Builds its 1,000,000th Car

Mitsubishi's 1000000th Colt ClearTecMitsubishi is celebrated rolling out its 1,000,000th car from its production plant in the Netherlands, known as NedCar” on the 6th July 2009.  This comes just a year after its 40th anniversary of building cars.  The 1,000,000th car off the production line was a Mitsubishi Colt ClearTec, sporting the manufacturers’ high fuel efficiency modifications such as engine stop-start, a revised gear ratio and low rolling resistance tyres.

“NedCar”
The NedCar facility itself, built in the city of Sittard-Geleen, was opened in June 1968 to built vehicles for Dutch manufacturer Van Doorne’s Automobiel Fabriek (DAF).  The plant has a production capacity of 200,000 vehicles and has also built Volvo’s, SmartCars’ ForFour and since 1995, Mitsubishi cars.  DAF.  Financial difficulties threatened closure in the 1990s but the Dutch government took steps to ensure its survival, resulting in a joint venture between the Dutch State, Volvo and Mitsubishi Motors beginning in August 1991.  NedCar became part a full Mitsubishi subsidiary in March 2001 after Volvo sold its 50% stake in the company to Mitsubishi.

The NedCar plant in the city of Sittard-Geleen, HollandThe car manufacturing plant covers just under a square kilometre with a third of that area being covered.  Highly automated production processes with over 600 manufacturing robots has given NedCar a highly desirable track record of quality, reliability and cost efficiency within the Mitsubishi Motors group.  Mitsubishi manufacturing operations have also been working to implement environmental technologies to produce less waste, reduce emissions and a cleaner environment, which have included:

  • Decreasing the energy consumption and CO2 emissions per car by 27%.
  • Pre-treatment and waste water cleaning installation reducing heavy metals in the waste water by a 76%.
  • Certification for environmental care under the international ISO 14001 standard and EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) since 1995 at NedCar.
  • NedCar uses solvent-free paints, reducing solvent emissions per car by 61%, considered to be one of the best results in the European car industry.

Mitsubishi production at NedCar
The Mitsubishi Colt production line at NedCarOver 4.5 million cars have been built there since 1968, Mitsubishi Motors only started production in 1995 and these have included:

  • Mitsubishi Carisma – 391,345 units
  • Mitsubishi Space Star (1998) – 268,089 units
  • Mitsubishi Colt (2004) – 294,208 units
  • Mitsubishi Outlander (2008)
  • Mitsubishi Colt (2008)

Mitsubishi Colt and the UK scrappage scheme
The Mitsubishi ColtThe UK has seen its biggest sales growth in super mini and small family cars and this can only benefit from the introduction of the government’s £2,000 scrappage allowance scheme towards new cars, the next generation Colt makes up 93% of Mitsubishi scrappage sales.  In 2008 8,709 new Colts featuring the new modified grill and front end were sold despite the downturn in the current UK car market.

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