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Mitsubishi Motors buying former Ford plant in Philippines

Ford shuttered plant in 2012; will be Japanese automaker's second facility in Philippines



TOKYO—Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said it is buying Ford Motor Co.’s shuttered plant in the Philippines to grow in the market where car ownership is on the rise.

Mitsubishi said it was acquiring the plant in Laguna, south of Manila, from Ford to boost production and sales.

Ford closed that plant in 2012.

The Tokyo-based automaker did not give a price.

Mitsubishi controls more than a fifth of the Philippine market, where Japanese rival Toyota Motor Corp. has top market share.

Various automakers have their eyes on the nation because car ownership is expected to grow.

The Philippine economy grew 7.2 per cent last year, the second fastest in Asia after China.

Mitsubishi produces the Adventure minivan, L300 truck and Lancer sedan in the Philippines at a smaller plant it runs near Manila.

The models it will produce at the new plant weren’t disclosed.

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