After Nissan taking a 34 percent stake in Mitsubishi, both Japanese companies could develop pickup trucks together, reveals Car Advice.
Nissan co-CEO Hiroto Saikawa, while speaking to Car Advice during an international conference call said, a new vehicle platform developed by the two carmakers could underpin pickup models in the future.
Saikawa said, "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. I can tell you that, we will see this in two way benefit."
"Segments of joint platform development could include pickup trucks in the ASEAN market where MMC has particular expertise."
This could mean that the next-generation Nissan Navara and the Toyota Triton pickups could share the same design, helping to cut manufacturing costs of both and helping Renault and Mercedes-Benz in their future Navara-based pickups.
Alongside the collaboration on pickups, the partnership between the companies could see the Mitsubishi Lancer based on the CMF platform , currently used by the Nissan Qashqai, Nissan Pulsar, and the Renault Megane.