Mitsubishi is facing severe slump in the sales worldwide, according to media reports on Thursday, Jan 8. Mitsubishi announced in 2008 that it would cut 1,100 temporary jobs by the end of March 2009. But faced with a plunge in global demand, the Japanese automaker will slash another 900 temporary jobs, bringing the total number of job losses to over 2,000, the Sankei newspaper said Thursday.
Japan's public broadcaster NHK also said Mitsubishi will trim an additional 900 jobs by the end of March at the company's auto plant in Okayama, western Japan. A Mitsubishi spokesman declined to confirm the reports. Separately, the Nikkei business daily said Thursday that Mitsubishi will supply its electric passenger car, i MiEV, for French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen as early as next year.
Mitsubishi's i MiEV will go on sale in Japan this year. Mitsubishi said Thursday it aims to set the vehicle's price under three million yen ($32,000). The Japanese automaker said it is considering business cooperation with Peugeot in the area of electric cars, but stressed nothing has been decided at this moment.
Apart from Mitsubishi, Japan's No 1 automaker, Toyota Motor Corp., plans to produce a next-generation electric vehicle by early in the next decade. Nissan Motor Co has also promised to sell an electric vehicle in Japan and the United States in 2010 and globally by 2012.
OneIndia New (With inputs from Agencies)