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Concerns raised about Mitsubishi’s future in South Australia

A DROP in automotive sales of Mitsubishi’s 380 six-cylinder car, which is produced from its Adelaide plant, has to questions regarding the company’s manufacturing future in South Australia.

While the car company experienced increased sales of Mitsubishi imported vehicles, it only sold around 10,000 of cars in Australia last year, a drop of almost 12% on the year before.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) says many of the company’s workers are uncertain about the future of the company in the State and says the automotive industry, like the rest of manufacturing in Australia, is looking to experience a volatile next couple of years.

“The reality is ‘How long can Mitsubishi in South Australia be propped up by the imports?’.”

This is not the first time concerns have been raised about the car manufacturer’s future in South Australia, with political leaders from the State visiting Japan to raise the issue with Mistsubishi.

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