Triton officially launched

It’s Official…

The New Mitsubishi Triton bakkie has been launched for the South African market.

CEO Dr Hansgeorg Niefer said MBSA invested more than R200m in Mitsubishi’s new manufacturing line in East London.

“This is not a new commitment to the Mitsubishi brand, but rather a defining moment that reminds us about the manufacturing of the legendary Mitsubishi Colt in 1993, which was suggested to Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and our Daimler AG shareholders, by then Chairman of MBSA, Christoph Köpke, and which resulted in MBSA being granted the franchise to build the vehicle. In late 1994 the Colt pick-up became the first light commercial vehicle in the MBSA stable.”

Hansgeorg says that eight key employees of MBSA were sent to the Mitsubishi plant in Thailand for comprehensive training with the view to pass on the knowledge to their local teams.

“This has certainly paid dividends. These employees have been instrumental in training up all our other operators, and have done a brilliant job,” he says.

He says that the new plant and equipment investment was applied for the full refurbishment of the Mitsubishi manufacturing facilities, as well as for new systems, all of which have accelerated the production timeline of the Triton bakkies.

A variety of the equipment used in the new Mitsubishi manufacturing line has been designed and manufactured by local South African companies. In addition, numerous small and medium enterprises were employed for infrastructure changes and upgrades such as; conveyor modifications, relocation of warehouses, revised racking, lighting upgrades and many more.

The automotive industry is significant, contributing more than 7% to South Africa’s GDP. The industry has also been identified as a key growth sector of the economy.

The new locally assembled DoubleCab is already available on dealer floors.

So there it is…

Personally, I find the Look of the bakkie VERY disappointing after the tough looking Mitsubishi COLT bakkie. The Triton looks like a bakkie for a girl, and it doens’nt look as if it will last a week on South African gravel roads!

After driving one, i find the comforts in the bakkie really nice, handles fine and has enough power. For between 200 and 300 thousand Rand, it a good price and if you need a bakkie to cart things around… fine…

me… I still wouldn’t buy one tho!

 

Oh yeah.. if you wanna check out prices and pics.. click over HERE and destroy your humour

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~ by gdesmedt1 on 9 October, 2008.

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