I'd heard about that battery move, but I can't pretend I know what it means. At the end of the day, since the cars are built from the same technology, battery supplies are fungible, and it sure sounds like they're under pretty intense demand pressure for the Outlander.Mart wrote:Mitsubishi has announced they are moving i-MiEV battery production to a separate facility to avoid the competition with the Outlander PHEV. . . Unless Mitsubishi starts PHEV/BEV production near the Normal plant, I don't see how they could do a ship-to-order system in America within a reasonable time.
As to the rest, please note that I said ship to order, not build to order. The new i-MiEV comes with a greatly simplified list of options, so what I envision is shipping from large lots on the coasts, perhaps another in Normal (i.e., places from which they're shipping to their dealers anyway). They'd still be selling from inventory, but an inventory with few variations owned by MMNA in just a couple of U.S. locations, not your dealership. Build to order would be completely impractical - I just don't think there'd be any justification for setting up a painting and final assembly facility here for such a small number of cars. You might be looking at a wait if you order near the end of a cycle and you insist on a color that's no longer on hand (I'm going to guess there'll be a lot of silver, the non-color that's least likely to offend), but otherwise you should be able to have it in a week or two.
But again, hard to say. Mitsubishi seems to have gotten just awful at selling cars in North America, so this might involve logistics challenges utterly beyond their capabilities. I hope not.