A senior executive has told Reuters that Mitsubishi and parent company Nissan are considering jointly producing pickup trucks in Asia to help reduce costs.
In an interview at the Geneva Motor Show, Mitsubishi Chief Operating Officer Trevor Mann indicated that the next-generation replacements for the Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi Triton may share the same platform and be manufactured at the same facility.
According to Mann, the pickup architecture developed by Mitsubishi will likely underpin future models in the expanded Mitsubishi Renault-Nissan alliance as a result of its favorable cost performance.
Mitsubishi and Nissan currently produce markedly different cars and trucks at separate plants in Thailand. Sharing an underlying platform would allow Mitsubishi to focus on the production of pickups while Nissan would concentrate on cars and SUVs.
Launched in 2014, the latest generation of the Navara and Triton are not scheduled for replacement until at least 2022, meaning that design and development likely remains two or three years away.
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