Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. are looking to boost their exports SUVs and midsize sedans from U.S. factories to Middle East and Russia due to increased demand, reported Nikkei on Thursday.
According to sources at the company, Nissan will increase exports at its factory of midsize and large vehicles in Canton, Miss., by 3,000 to 4,000 units. More Armada and Pathfinder SUVs will be headed to the Middle East, while China will get more Quest minivans.
Meanwhile, these sources said Mitsubishi wants to raise production in Illinois by nearly 60 percent this year, shipping more Galant sedans to the Middle East and Russia. It will also consider more exports to Asia and Europe.
Competitors Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. are taking a different approach, as they look to increase U.S. sales.