TOKYO — Mitsubishi's U.S. product future may not be as bleak as some dealers have complained.
U.S. retailers were not impressed with sketches of the 2009 Galant sedan and Endeavor crossover at dealer meetings this year in Japan and the United States. But plans may have changed.
During press days at the Tokyo auto show, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. CEO Osamu Masuko said: "We are looking at the direction we will take regarding new models. The U.S. is the biggest market. We are going to strengthen our position there."
A source familiar with Mitsubishi's plans says concept vehicles at the Tokyo show hinted at that direction.
For example, the stylish Concept ZT that debuted here hints at the redesigned Galant, according to the source. The large sedan sits on a 110.8-inch wheelbase and is powered by Mitsubishi's upcoming 2.2-liter clean diesel engine, which makes about 188 hp.