From arch-competitors to friends: Mitsubishi and Subaru will be looked after by the the same company in the UK at this time
Neutral correct address Ford versus Holden in Australia, the battle between Subaru and Mitsubishi became surely one of motorsport’s supreme rivalries. Each corporations battled it out on the World Rally Championship stage, with Impreza WRX STIs and Lancer Evolutions vying for dwelling on podiums and mattress room walls. You couldn’t surely address both, it became one or the more than a few – blue and gold or red and white.
In the old couple of years, despite the incontrovertible fact that, both Subaru and Mitsubishi like suffered drab mannequin ranges and downhearted sales figures in consequence. Subaru is staying in the meanwhile, but Mitsubishi has already confirmed that it’ll be leaving Europe as a entire at this time. It’s an real shame, despite the incontrovertible fact that the present mannequin fluctuate is burdened with frail or unfashionable SUVs and the woeful Mirage.
Don’t inquire a final-minute u-turn address you’d discover in a film. The sale of Mitsubishi’s heritage rapid shows the logo isn’t planning a return, and the £100k Evo VI TME shows that Mitsu’s heyday has long long gone in the UK. We obtained’t be reporting on a six-figure Outlander PHEV any time at this time.
But all isn’t very lost for the householders of Mitsubishis, nor for the workers that now and again supplied any individual a vehicle. Global Motors, the corporate that imports Subarus and Isuzus to tbe British Isles, has agreed to rob over Mitsubishi UK’s aftersales department. Servicing, repairs and facets will be moved over to IM, so spares and repairs will composed be accessible for Mitsubishi householders. The vendor community will continue to be launch for a transient while yet, presumably till it at final flogs the final Eclipse Defective and Shogun Sport. That’ll be semi-real knowledge for the corporate’s UK workers, too.
Care for Lindley, boss of Colt Car Firm (Mitsubishi’s present importers), said: “There is an perfect match between the Mitsubishi Motors mark and Global Motors….I surely feel very assured that IM will be an prominent long-time interval accomplice to our Mitsubishi sellers too. As soon as the due diligence direction of has been performed, the group on the Colt Car Firm will work exhausting to mark positive that that the transition is a success, thereby guaranteeing the entirely conceivable outcome for our workers, sellers and customers.”
Extra tiny print will be announced in the coming weeks, but various irony that Subaru and Mitsubishi like been at loggerheads for so long and now they’re forced to sit alongside each varied under the IM umbrella. Now not that any of it is going to mean anything to the moderate Mitsubishi owner wanting some aftersales care.