THE Mitsubishi van criticized by the Australasian crash test safety reviewer will leave New Zealand, with production curtailed.
The end of the line for the current-generation Express was announced tonight by Mitsubishi Australia and Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand has since confirmed it is also losing the model.
The product with the Renault badge from which it originates remains in production and is sold.
“Unfortunately, today’s news means the last production of Express vans will arrive in NZ in the second half of this year,” said Reece Congdon, MMNZ’s head of marketing and corporate affairs tonight.
“Obviously this is disappointing news as Express has been a real success for us, but MMNZ will continue to work to secure the van product for our market going forward.”
A version of the Renault Trafic built for Mitsubishi by its French partner, the model launched here in June 2020 was then torn apart by the national security auditor in March 2021.
Having a ton of safety ingredients couldn’t save it from achieving what was then the worst-ever result of testing by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program, funded in part by NZ agencies.
ANCAP’s scathing ‘zero star’ rating of the Express was a controversial call. The purchasing decisions of many large fleets are based on safety assessments.
Mitsubishi Australia has announced that the current generation model will enter production from next month and deliveries to end customers are expected by the end of this year. It said it had enough stock to last the rest of this year.
ANCAP is an independent security lawyer that has been around for almost 30 years. Financiers on this side of the Tasman include Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency and New Zealand Automobile Association.
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