Pajero finished as Mitsubishi announces end of production

Pajero finished, confirms Mitsubishi Australia.

Article first appeared in MR4X4.com.au

Pajero finished?! Coming off the back of a Mitsubishi board meeting we can now confirm unequivocally that production of Mitsubishi’s full-sized four-wheel drive, the Pajero, will soon come to an end.

The decision to kill-off the long-standing full-sized 4×4 wagon comes as Mitsubishi has decided to close the plant that was charged with manufacturing the vehicle. The ‘Pajero Plant’ in Sakahogi, Japan, will be shut down over the coming months, with the production of other Mitsubishi vehicles being moved to the company’s Okazaki plant. That said, production will continue at the plant until the the first half of the next of the Japanese financial year, which runs from 1 April through to 31 March, so there are still a few months of production remaining.

When asked if this was the end of the line for Pajero, Catherine Humphreys-Scott, Mitsubishi Motors Australia Public Relations Manager, told Mr 4X4 , “It is. That’s what was announced last night, so what we know is (Mitsubishi is) going to end production in the first half of the next financial year – April to September – and we don’t know yet what our final order will be, or when those will get here or what the spec will be, so once the product-strategy team has got that locked away, we’ll let everybody know.”

Pajero Dead
It appears the Triton-based Pajero Sport will be the only way the Pajero name will live on…

Talk of a partnership build of a new Mitsubishi Pajero/Nissan Pathfinder monocoque SUV (under the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance) have been quashed, with only the Pajero Sport to continue carrying the Pajero name. The Pajero Sport is based on the Triton platform, much like the Ford Everest is on the Ranger and the Isuzu MU-X is on the D-MAX.

The latest-generation monocoque/fully independent suspension Pajero is now 20 years old, and the Pajero nameplate itself dates back to 1982 – 38 years! – but slowing sales and Mitsubishi’s announcement that it will pull out of Europe altogether and focus on Asian markets sadly spelt the end for the long-standing nameplate.

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Comments 9

  1. Very disappointed with the closing & demise of the Pajero Brand . I have had one for 4 years & it is the best vehicle I have ever had for towing & comfort . Had everything I wanted in an off road Diesel 4×4 . Traveled many places in it & always found the Mitsubishi Service people more than helpful .

  2. I was in the Bunbury dealership yesterday and asked if the end was in sight for the pajero. Definitely not in the foreseeable future. No word from HQ about the end. The dealership has only been open about two months. Seems a pity they weren’t told. I’ve had my Pajero for eight years and it’s the most comfortable 4 x4 I’ve had. Good on diesel too pulling a big caravan. Only problem is low clearance when driving in deep wheel tracks . Very easy to get bellied. Otherwise brilliant.

  3. very disappointed with the closing of the pajero production line,it is still the best 4×4 in its class, sad day…

  4. Bought my Pajero new in 2010. Many extras fitted,( TJM suspension lift, snorkle, drawers, water bladder & pump, cargo barrier, dual battery, UHF radio, nudge bar, light bar, roof rack etc.)
    Towed caravan all around Australia with OZ tent for off bitumen excursions to Bungle Bungles, Wolf creek, Frazer Island, Gibb River road, Palm Valley and many other not so well known places.
    Its a beaut vehicle and never let me down – only 1 puncture out back of Mt Isa in a creek bed.

    Still in excellent condition and I’ll be keeping it for many more years.

    Grahame

  5. Absolutely sad news I have 2 and love them both . Do what I need on farm and towing van . Offroad and highway they do everything well and friends that have come with me are impressed with the comfort .

  6. I have had two Pajeros the last one I still have it is fifteen years old. Both did lots of towing a caravan. One trip right up to Queensland in the middle of the winter.
    Terribly muddy roads and marooned in Tibaburra for for four days as everywhere flooded and roads closed. Eventually got through. We were part of a convoy of 14 cars and vans which meant if someone needed help we could all contribute.

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