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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has officially announced the opening of a new research and development (R&D) proving ground in Thailand – the first of such a facility located outside the firm’s home country of Japan. The facility is located in the Nhong Kho District in Chonburi, roughly 26 km from Mitsubishi Motors Thailand’s (MMTh) Laem Chabang factory.

The 152,000-square metre facility boasts a “multi-purpose test track”, a noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) test site, a 1.5 km-long oval circuit and an “analytical testing area” along with a dedicated service centre. Said proving ground will now serve to aid MMTh in conducting pre-production trials “to further increase the quality and competitiveness of cars built in Thailand.”

“Thanks to the Thai government’s long-standing and consistent policies to develop the Thai automobile industry, Mitsubishi has been able to grow and develop its business through MMTh production hub. Mitsubishi will continue to regard its operations in Thailand as one of its pillars and will grow and develop our business hand-in-hand with the Thai automobile industry,” said MMC executive VP, Ryugo Nakao.

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