Mitsubishi has no plans for Toyota 86 rival
A RWD EVO coupe or something like that would've been nice.The global president of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) says his company currently has no plans to create a small sports car to rival that of the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ.
Speaking to the Australian media at the Sydney motor show today, Osamu Masuki, said that Mitsubishi engineers are very keen to make a small rear-wheel drive sports car but the financials need to add up.
“Our engineers are very, very keen to make that (sports car). Our engineers are very prominent to investigate new technologies, but to use that technology they are not that good to bring the revenue or make money.” He said lightheartedly.
Masuki admits that Mitsubishi is looking to use as few platforms as possible to create as many models as possible and therefore needs to justify the development cost and return on investment of a sports car.
“We have to identify if it is really feasible economically, we are thinking of just sharing just one platform to achieve various models.”
Nonetheless, there’s still a possibility that a business case could be made in the future. Even if Mitsubishi has to do all the work itself, which is unlike Toyota and Subaru as they shared the development cost and resources for the joint venture.
“I won’t say no to a small sports car but at the moment we have not decided on any particular model.”