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Nissan and Mitsubishi to co-develop bakkie platforms

25 October 2016

Now that Nissan owns 34% equity stake in Mitsubishi, Nissan co-CEO Hiroto Saikawa said that the two companies could develop a new platform together that could underpin future bakkies.

Last week, Nissan finally completing its acquisition in Mitsubishi, placing it within the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

“Many companies face the challenge of ageing models. It happened to Nissan, it happened to Mitsubishi. I cannot give you full assessment of Mitsubishi right now. [But] I can tell you that, we will see this in two way benefit, said Saikawa.

This could see the next-generation Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi Triton (L200 in some markets) sharing the same architecture, which would help to cut development costs of both.

Carlos Ghosn,  CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance has also stepped into the role of chairman of Mitsubishi.

In a guest column for  Automotive News, Ghosn said, “Nissan stands to benefit by harnessing Mitsubishi’s know-how in the kei car segment in Japan and its strength in pickup trucks”.

  • Haydn van Heerden

    Oh boy, Renault/Nissan partnership with engine and component sharing platforms was a disaster. I won’t even touch a Nissan in my workshop as a result, let alone even look at a Renault. Try work on a Nissan NP200, they RUBBISH!!! All Renualt/Dacia.
    I specialize in Mitsubishi and love them because they have good engines and overall they make the car well.

    I can just see parts prices going through the roof and never being able to get spares, which is typical Nissan modus operandi. Their car sales figures talk volumes. The Mitsubishi Colt bakkie had very good sales figures, They were a dime a dozen on our roads till Imperial got their paws on the brand. Prices of spares went up, sometimes 400%. (this has nothing to do with the R/Dollar, no ways)
    Worse still, the dealerships never carried any spares anymore. Always a wait, 2 days or 3 weeks…. Now look at the sales figures of Mitsubishi!!! They not selling, yet the Triton is a better bakkie (IN MY OPINION) than the Isuzu, Nissan and even the Toyota….They simply do not break.
    Now they GO jump into bed with Nissan….