TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Motors Corp., an affiliate of Chrysler Corp., said Tuesday it will start selling its fuel-efficient vehicles in America next month in a bid to set up its own sales network.
Mitsubishi cars so far have been sold through the sales network of Chrysler, which has a 15 percent equity in the Japanese automaker.
Company officials said its American subsidiary, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, will start selling Mitsubishi cars at 72 dealers in 22 districts across the United States in October.
Mitsubishi will export 112,000 passenger cars and small trucks to the United States in the year ending September 1983.
Officials said that a total of 30,000 passenger cars and 12,000 trucks will be sold through Mitsubishi dealers.
The company, however, will remain affiliated with Chrysler, officials said.