Importer and distributor Rolf Holdings said Mitsubishi Motors sales in Russia rose 25% to 68,845 vehicles last year.

Mitsubishi's best-selling models were the Lancer, with sales of 46,969 cars, accounting for 68% of all sales, and the Colt, with sales of 5,394 cars, a Prime-Tass report said.

Mitsubishi is considering a local assembly plant, with recent reports suggesting it could do this with PSA Peugeot-Citroen for which it is building Outlook-derived SUV models for launch later this year.