Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has officially opened its new Indonesian manufacturing plant, located in the new GIIC Industrial Estate in Bekasi Prefecture.

The US$565 million facility was completed following a two-year construction project that was backed by Mitsubishi Motors Krama Yudha Indonesia, MMC’s manufacturing joint venture with Mitsubishi Corporation and its Indonesian partner PT Krama Yudha.

Situated 37 km east of Jakarta, the new Bekasi plant covers an area of 30 hectares, and will have a workforce of 3,000 and a production capacity of 160,000 units a year. It is MMC’s second-biggest in ASEAN after the main production hub in Laem Chabang, Thailand.

The new factory will begin operations with the production of the Pajero Sport, followed by an all-new seven-seater MPV in October. It will also produce the Colt L300 light commercial vehicle.

The new MPV was previewed by the XM Concept at last year’s GIIAS show. The SUV-flavoured “low MPV” will compete with the Toyota Avanza, Daihatsu Xenia, Honda Mobilio and Suzuki Ertiga in the Republic.

The opening of the Bekasi plant forms part of MMC’s expansion strategy in the ASEAN region – aside from Thailand, it also assembles vehicles in the Philippines. The growth plan is supported by Nissan, which acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors earlier