Pajero to live a little longer in Australia
THE Aussie arm of the Japanese car maker says that it will keep the large SUV in local showrooms for the foreseeable future, despite the announcement that its game over for the ageing Pajero in the UK.
After 37 years on the market, the decision has been made to cease production of the European spec Pajero model, manufactured at the Sakahogi factory in Japan, and follows news that it would no longer be sold in Japan either.
In an interview with CarSales, Karl Gehling from Mitsubishi Motors Australia said the UK and Japanese decisions had no bearing on Australian vehicle sales, and that the UK decision would not impact the life cycle of the Pajero.
“The Pajero continues to be sold in many markets including the Middle East, South Africa, Philippines, Brazil, Chile, Russia and of course Australia,” he said.
It should be noted though, that Mitsubishi Motors Australia has already reduced the Pajero lineup to just two models, discontinuing the flagship Exceed variant. Its perceived successor, the Triton-based Pajero Sport, is currently the third highest selling SUV.