Mitsubishi Motors has issued a statement in response to a report by Nikkei Asia saying that Mitsubishi Motors will cease developing vehicle platforms for the Japanese market, and will only use Nissan platforms.
The company’s statement to the press reads (translated):
“In the morning edition of the Nikkei Asia dated September 14, it was reported that we have stopped developing platforms for domestic passenger cars, and will be co-developing platforms with Nissan Motor. This is just a speculation by the Nikkei Asia and there is no truth in it.
“While promoting platform standardization and efficiency within the framework of the Alliance (Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance), we are also considering the launch of a domestic vehicle that embodies Mitsubishi’s character, by adopting our own platform.”
The report by Nikkei says Mitsubishi will cease developing platform on its own to focus on developing electric vehicles and other related technologies.
It also adds that Mitsubishi-developed platforms will only be used for South East Asia, and that there will be only two. Presumably it refers to the truck platform for the Mitsubishi Triton and its SUV-derivative model the Pajero Sport, and one more passenger car platform for the Mitsubishi Xpander.