Production of the Mitsubishi Express van is ending in Australia.
After it assessed current global business and supply conditions with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Australia made the decision to cease production of the Australian market Mitsubishi Express.
May will be the final production month for short wheelbase (SWB) variants.
Last year the Express van became the first vehicle to receive a zero-star ANCAP rating.
It was reintroduced locally last year following a seven-year hiatus.
Mitsubishi reportedly withdrew the previous Express van – an old-school single box model – from the Australasian market in 2013 due to its failure to meet rapidly evolving safety and emissions standards.
The commercial vehicle had managed a respectable market share of 6.5 per cent under its current iteration.
Based on previous demand, vehicle supply is expected to remain available until late-2022.
Due to supply and component-related issues, long wheelbase variants will not form part of the final allocation according to Mitsubishi.
Existing long wheelbase supply is expected to be exhausted by mid-2022.
“Since joining the Australian market in mid-2020, the Mitsubishi Express Van range has delivered value for owners – from its competitive purchase pricing (from $39,040 plus on-road costs) through to its industry-leading 10/10 Diamond Advantage Program, which offers a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty and 10 years of competitive capped price servicing,” the company said in a statement.
“With a healthy production allocation over its final months, Mitsubishi Motors Australia has ensured solid stocks of Express SWB, together with ongoing support of service, parts and accessories.”