mitsu l200

Another automaker is setting up shop in Myanmar – Mitsubishi is entering the new car market in the republic through local partners, in cooperation with Mitsubishi Corporation.

The brand already has a service shop in Yangon, which opened in May this year; the outlet handles after-sales service for used MMC-brand vehicles already in the market. Beginning January next year, the automaker will begin new car sales with the L200 pickup (essentially, the Triton Single Cab), which it is importing from Thailand.

The auto market is set to grow in Myanmar. Earlier in the year, the country loosened restrictions on imports and revised its taxes on pickup trucks. Mazda announced that its first dealership there will open next year, and unlike Mitsubishi, the brand is going in with a host of models ranging from the CX-5 SUV to the BT-50 pickup.

Nissan is taking things even further afield – it’s planning to start production of small passenger cars and pickups in the country. At present, a sales and service centre has been opened in Yangon, and is selling imported pickups and large commercial vans. Tata, meanwhile, made the country the first ASEAN market for its Nano compact.