February 27, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday hailed the rolling off of the first of the Mirage cars from Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation )MMPC) that is locally manufactured under the government’s Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) program as a major step towards making the Philippines a more attractive location for vehicle manufacturing.
In his speech during the launching ceremony of the Philippine-manufactured Mirage G4, the President said that the event marked another milestone in the Philippines’ car industry.
“Today, fresh from their plant in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, we’re witnessing the rolling off of the first of the 200,000 Mirage cars from MMPC that will be locally manufactured under the CARS Program. Proudly, we can now say that the Mitsubishi Mirage, currently the second top-selling passenger car in the country, is made in the Philippines,” Duterte said.
The Mirage G4 is the first model to start production under the CARS program.
The President said the CARS Program demonstrates the government’s commitment to pursue initiatives that will create more jobs for the Filipino people and help achieve sustained prosperity in the country.
“This complements our government’s Zero Plus Ten-Point Socio-Economic Agenda, which aims to improve all sectors towards efficiency and development,” he said.
The President noted that the production of the Mirage in the country is a testament to the kind of friendship and cooperation that Japan and the Philippines have shared and nurtured throughout the years.
The Japanese car manufacturer agreed to assemble the Mirage in the Philippines as part of a PHP1.85-billion trade package that was forged during the President’s state visit to Tokyo last year.http://www.update.ph/2017/02/ph-a-step-closer-to-becoming-a-regional-car-manufacturing-hub/14963