NORMAL, Ill. (AP) -- Mitsubishi officials say the company's plant in central Illinois will produce the 2013 Outlander Sport for the U.S. market.
It'll be the compact crossover model of the Outlander.
Mitsubishi has invested $45 million in Illinois' plant in Normal to begin production of the utility vehicle which was previously produced in Japan.
The company is slated to begin production of 50,000 each year with a goal of producing 70,000 a year.
Officials say the vehicles will ship to U.S. dealerships in early August.
Officials with Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. made the announcement Tuesday in Normal. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn attended the event.