Supplying models for Saturn may provide a lifeline for Mitsubishi’s U.S. production facilitiesEnlarge Photo
Even Renault-Nissan and auto parts supplier Magna International has been rumored to be eyeing a possible Saturn purchase, and while the field of potential suitors is varied there remains one common factor. Any new owner of Saturn will need to source new models to sell under the brand as GM will be cutting all ties with the struggling brand, including building cars for it.
This provides rival companies, especially those not already operating in the U.S., with a lucrative opportunity to utilize Saturn’s network of roughly 380 dealerships. According to The Detroit News, Mitsubishi is the latest carmaker to be interested in supplying vehicles for Saturn once it’s sold.
This would be the latest attempt by Mitsubishi to boost its production and presence in North America. Previously it was in talks with Chrysler over a deal to supply the American carmaker with several different models, including an electric minicar.
Mitsubishi has a single American production plant, located in Normal, Illinois, which currently produces the Galant sedan but poor sales has plant officials considering building other models.