Diamond-Star Motors begins output
Chrysler Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. officially start the Diamond-Star Motors Corp. plant in Normal, Illinois, on Nov. 10, 1988.
The $500-million enterprise initially created Plymouth Laser and Mitsubishi Eclipse 2+2 coupes that were co-created by by the corporations off the exact same stage, accompanied by by the Eagle Summit and Mitsubishi Mirage compact sedans (1991 versions), as well as the four wheel drive Eagle Talon coupe.
Chrysler's ties to Mitsubishi started in 1971 when the U.S. auto-maker took A-15% position in the Japanese auto-maker and started importing and marketing Mitsubishi-built vehicles in the United States under the Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth manufacturers.
The smaller automobiles, including the Dodge Colt, helped Chrysler satisfy growing consumer interest in fuel-efficient automobiles and fill a opening in the base of Chrysler's product line.
Chrysler offered its 50-percent stake in the Illinois plant in 1991. In Oct 1995, the manufacturing plant made its 1 millionth automobile, the first Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder convertible.
1996 Eagle Talon TSI
Over time, the plant also made the Dodge Stratus, Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger coupes, mid-size Mitsubishi Galant sedan as well as the Mitsubishi Endeavor and Outlander Sport crossovers. Together with the start of the Endeavor in January 2003, Mitsubishi was mass-producing six versions on a single assembly line.
Mitsubishi revealed strategies in July to stop output of the Outlander activity in the plant, and possibly promote or shut the manufactory.
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