The Mitsubishi model returns to Europe. After ten years of absence, the Japanese manufacturer announced on Tuesday April 5 the relaunch of its Colt city car which will be manufactured at the Renault factory in Bursa, Turkey. The model will be based on the Clio architecture and will be based on the CMF-B platform of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. With this announcement, two models will now be produced in Europe at Renault factories.
On sale in the summer of 2023
The Colt was first launched in 1962 and sold around 400,000 units in Europe between 2004 and 2014. It has long been a name associated with Mitsubishi’s compact range. The new model, on sale in the summer of 2023, will be offered in hot and hybrid versions. “The arrival in 2023 of the previously announced new Colt sedan and ASX will strengthen our commercial offer, which already includes the Space Star, positioned at the entry of our range, as well as the Eclipse Cross PHEV”, says Frank Krol, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Europe.
The Japanese group had decided in March 2021 to complete its European range using current models from its French partners, in order to maintain a European presence at low cost without changing its strategy to refocus on Asia. For Renault, which is also committed to making significant savings to improve its financial situation, this makes it possible to improve spending on vehicle development and also strengthen its Bursa factory.
On January 27, 2022, Mitsubishi announced the production of its new ASX at the Renault plant. Like the Colt, this SUV will be produced on the CMF-B platform of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, but the plant is located in Spain, in Valladolid. This plug-in combination will be available in spring 2023.
By Reuters, Gilles Guillaume, edited by Bertrand Boucey
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