LOS ANGELES -- It will be 2009 before Mitsubishi Motors Corp. can take full advantage of the alliance it formed with DaimlerChrysler AG and Hyundai Motor Co. to build a new generation of four-cylinder engines.
Rich Gilligan, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, says that because of budget constraints, the company will delay purchasing some engines set to power upcoming redesigned and freshened nameplates.
The 2.4-, 1.8- and 2.0-liter engines are being produced at plants in Dundee, Mich.; Asan and Hwasung, South Korea; and Shiga, Japan. Mitsubishi North America had agreed to buy the 2.0- and 2.4-liter variants beginning next year with the launch of the redesigned Outlander SUV.
The Outlander will be equipped only with a 3.0-liter V-6 when it goes on sale next fall, and not the additional 2.4-liter engine. The Outlander may get the four-cylinder engine in 2009. The Galant sedan, which will be freshened next fall, also will not get the new 2.4-liter engine. The redesigned Lancer sedan will have the new 2.4-liter engine when it goes on sale in 2007 as a 2008 model, but it will not receive the 2.0-liter until later.
The partnership is the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance. Mitsubishi agreed to buy engines from the Michigan and Japan plants.
You may e-mail Kathy Jackson at