During a conference call Thursday, July 31, members were told that the current board will be disbanded and replaced by a six-member board, three of them appointed by the company and three elected by the dealers. Previously, all 12 had been elected by peers.
Members who did not want to be identified said Mitsubishi is making the changes because of negative survey results the board has received at National Automobile Dealers Association conventions.
"The surveys show that the (Mitsubishi) dealers are not happy with the board getting things done," said a board member. "But the reason for that is because we try to take their concerns back to the company, but the company doesn't do anything."
He said that the changes would be effective today, but that the old board would stay on until new members are in place.
"The way I look at it, we were all fired," he said.
Spokesman Dan Irvin confirmed that the board is being restructured but said he had no other details.
Mitsubishi is going through tough times. Sales were down 23.4 percent the first half of the year. Its only small car, the Lancer, is in short supply.