Delivery truck was seen record sales and not yet Mitsubishi is withdrawing from the segment.
The Japanese brand has confirmed that “after assessing the current global supply and business conditions”, it will withdraw Show – a protest Renault Trafic – from this year’s local lineup.
It will probably be the last month of production for the short wheelbase Show models, while the long-wheelbase models ended production due to “parts and supply issues”.
Mitsubishi expects the supply of LWB models to be exhausted by the middle of the year, while final customer deliveries of the SWB models are expected by the end of 2022.
The company said it has secured a “solid reserve” of SWB Express due to a “healthy” production allocation, which should help improve the model through year-end.
The current Express train was only launched in Australia in July 2020, recovering a nameplate last seen here in 2013.
By upgrading the Trafic, another product of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Mitsubishi Australia is finally able to offer a truck once again.
But now, less than two years after its debut, Mitsubishi has pulled out of this model.
It has had a rough start in Australia, with safety agency ANCAP in early 2021 its first 0 star safety rating.
This level of failure is due to the absence of active safety assist features currently common on trucks, such as automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assist and blind-spot monitoring.
Crash testers only awarded Express 7% in the ‘safety assist’ section.
ANCAP says such a low score in this section means Mitsubishi cannot qualify even one star regardless of the van’s performance in other regions.
The rating is under review by both Mitsubishi and the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industry (FCAI), as the technically concerned Trafic has a three-star rating from Euro NCAP, albeit based on testing carried out on variables Engine body is not sold here.
Said testing was also conducted in 2015. Thereafter, ANCAP harmonized its ratings with Euro NCAP, however, older scores were not carried over. That explains why Trafic Still unrated in Australia.
The Express has been tested under the stricter ANCAP 2020-22 testing protocols, and ANCAP justifies testing it because it’s technically a new model, even if it’s just an improvement. of an older product.
Active safety shortcomings aside, it scores 55% for adult protection and 40% for vulnerable pedestrian protection, placing it in the ‘marginal’ category of average in terms of performance. physical impact protection.
Up to now, Mitsubishi has sold 387 Express trucks, an increase of 70.5%. While some organizations won’t buy vehicles for their fleets lacking a five-star ANCAP rating, Express’s star-free ANCAP rating is unlikely to reduce their sales by that much.
The best-in-class 10-year warranty, along with 10 years of limited-price service, may well prove to be a tantalizing carrot for buyers.
While some opponents like Toyota HiAce and Ford Transit Custom Offering a range of active safety features and comprehensive driver assistance, the Express is not alone in this segment to earn such safety credentials.
- Mitsubishi Express GLX SWB 2022 Manual: $39,040
- Mitsubishi Express GLX LWB 2022 Manual: $41,040
- Mitsubishi Express GLX SWB 2022: $44,040
- Mitsubishi Express GLX LWB 2022: 46,040 USD
- 2022 Mitsubishi Express GLX + LWB auto: $46,540
All prices do not include road charges.