Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) has announced the final destinations for four of the last 380 sedans to built in Australia, following their decision to cease local production of the large passenger vehicle and pursue a full-line importing strategy in the Australian market.
In a decision designed to echo the strong sense of citizenship and support the South Australian company has nurtured in the Australian market, Mitsubishi has announced the final four vehicles will be donated to not-for-profit organisations with profiles in both the South Australian and national Australian communities.
The company announced the bequests at a media presentation to mark the production of the final consignment of 380 sedans at the Tonsley Park site yesterday.
Speaking at the presentation, Mitsubishi's President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert McEniry, said the organisations had made real contributions to the lives of normal Australians.
"We believe these bequests, together with our five-year sponsorship of the Australian Olympic Committee, genuinely reflect the Mitsubishi family's true sense of community and citizenship both nationally and in South Australia, and are closely aligned with our long-term commitment to the Australian market," Mr McEniry said.
In line to receive one of the last four 380?s is the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Vision Australia, both iconic Australian organizations who assist many Australians every year.
The National Motor Museum at Birdwood, in the Adelaide Hills will also receive a 380 to add to their extensive collection of historically significant automobiles.
There has been extensive interest in the very last 380 to leave the Tonsley Park production line and MMAL have decided the fairest way to dispose of the vehicle is via their Dealer Auction process. This will give interested parties the chance to purchase the final 380, with MMAL donating the funds raised to charity.