GENEVA -- Citing poor sales, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is re-evaluating the product mix at its Normal, Ill., assembly plant.
"We are having a hard time in the U.S.," Mitsubishi President Osamu Masuko said in an interview at the auto show here. He does not plan to end U.S. production, he said.
Last year, Normal assembled 18,501 vehicles, down from 59,018 in 2008 -- a decline of almost 69 percent. It has been running a single shift since October 2004. The plant assembles the Eclipse, Eclipse Spyder, Endeavor and Galant; an estimated 10,000 units are exported.
Mitsubishi's U.S. sales dropped 45 percent in 2009 to 53,986 units. "We have to think of alternatives," Masuko said. Those alternatives include replacing the Galant. He said: "We are considering everything."