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December 2019: Mitsubishi Motors America

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DECEMBER

YTD

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

Mirage

1753

1748

26966

24316

Lancer1

0

0

0

3302

Outlander Sport

2496

2563

33644

39153

Outlander

3977

2647

37965

37652

Outlander PHEV

269

431

2810

4166

Eclipse Cross

1420

1597

19661

9485

Total

9915

8986

121046

118074

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