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CMC of Taiwan to export locally-made Mitsubishis to Middle East.

Taipei, Aug. 20, 2012 (CENS) -- Taiwan-based automaker China Motor Corp. (CMC), an affiliate of Yulon Group of Taiwan and local assembler of Mitsubishis, recently started production of the first batch of Mitsubishi Lancer Fortis sedans for export to the Middle East.

CMC is the second carmaker in Taiwan chosen by a Japanese automaker to become an overseas production base, following Kuozui Motors Ltd., the local assembler of Toyotas.

The first batch of 100 Taiwan-assembled Lancer Fortis will soon be shipped to the Middle East.

The automaker Mitsubishi Japan ordered 1,000 Lancer Fortis to be delivered over the next three months, and production lines will work overtime.

Industry insiders say that the Lancer series, including the 1.6L Global Lancer and 2.0L Lancer EX, were originally supplied by Mitsubishi Japan, but CMC now assembles the in-house redesigned 1.8L Lancer Fortis.

CMC executives say Mitsubishi Japan is evaluating the market by shipping the Lancer Fortis to the Middle East, and might order more from CMC to replace existing models sold in the region.

CMC originally exported only commercial vehicles with its own CMC logos, including the CMC Varica and Veryca mini vans as well as the Zinger commercial/recreational vans, to Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, the U.S., and Mexico.

Industry insiders say outsourcing to CMC by Mitsubishi Japan, with sub-20% share in CMC, has important significance, to upgrade CMC as overseas production base.
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Title Annotation:China Motor Corp.
Author:Liang, Quincy
Publication:The Taiwan Economic News
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Aug 20, 2012
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