Mitsubishi has celebrated the completion of the first Mitsubishi Triton P-try1, produced at Mercedes-Benz South Africa's manufacturing plant in East London.
Local divisional manager, Peter Skei says, "We have invested more than R200 million in the ramp up for the local production of the Triton and are very excited about the locally-produced units."
The Triton P-try1 is the first of eight prototypes to be manufactured before production commences in September this year. These units will undergo a series of tests which include testing fitment of locally produced components, quality and safety. During this time all production facilities and tools will also be tested before production commences.
Project leader, Martin Schwenk said, "We have achieved all targets within projected dates and are well on track to commence production according to schedule. We plan to produce approximately 8 000 units annually, all destined for the local market."
The Mitsubishi Tritons Double-Cabs and Club-Cabs manufactured in East London will be very similar to those that are imported by Mitsubishi from Thailand. Locally produced Mitsubishi Tritons will boast new features such as rear sliding windows on the Club Cab, rear bumpers, step plates and new paint colours.
The Mitsubishi Triton assembly line will employ nearly 300 operators and logistics personnel, many of whom have attended training at the MMC plant in Thailand to ensure that global standards are met.