Nikkei. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will increase the output capacity of fuel-efficient lightweight automobile engines by 35% to 385,000 units a year by the fall of 2009 in its plants in Japan.
Through additional investments, the automaker aims to lift annual production capacity to 435,000 units.
The engines are to be fitted mainly in such strategic vehicles as the Lancer sedan and Outlander sport utility vehicle for export to Europe, resource-rich nations and elsewhere. Mitsubishi Motors churns out 1.8-, 2- and 2.4-liter versions of the four-cylinder engines.
The engines were co-developed by Germany’s Daimler AG and South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co. Instead of using cast iron on some outside parts, the automaker employs aluminum to make the engines 15% lighter.