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Mitsubishi Ramps Up i-MiEV Electric Car Production

Production slated to increase to 30,000 annually for fiscal year 2012.

Published: 23-Mar-2010

TOKYO (AP) -- Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Tuesday it aims to more than triple annual production of its electric car -- the i-MiEV -- over the next three years, anticipating robust global demand for the zero-emission vehicle.

Mitsubishi will make some 9,000 i-MiEVs in the upcoming fiscal year starting April 1, some 18,000 in the following year and 30,000 in the fiscal year starting April 2012, said company spokesman Yuki Murata.

Japan's No. 4 automaker began selling the i-MiEV in Japan last year. It sold 1,400 of the electric vehicles in Japan between July 2009 and March 2010, and 250 during the same period abroad, mainly in Britain and Hong Kong.

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