The move will reduce output from the Normal, Illinois factory by about 9%, from 75,500 in 2007 to 69,000 this year. Mitsubishi will also reduce the company's U.S. workforce by about 5%, or 105 workers, mostly through early retirements, reports the Japanese newspaper Nikkei.
Mitsubishi's Normal, Illinois factory is capable of 110,000 units annual output, primarily Galant sedans and Endeavour SUVs. The latest cut puts the plant at about two-thirds capacity. While a significant reduction in U.S. output, the cuts are nothing in comparison to the huge reductions in output announced by the Big 3 Detroit makers earlier this year.