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Report: Plans for Mitsubishi-Nissan Midsize Sedan Hit Snag

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/26/2015 Kelly Pleskot
2011 Mitsubishi Galant© Provided by MotorTrend 2011 Mitsubishi Galant

Mitsubishi has gone without a midsize sedan since the 2012 model year when production of the Galant ended. And it looks like we shouldn’t expect a new one anytime soon, considering plans for a Nissan- or Renault-based Mitsubishi midsize car have stalled.

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According to Automotive News, Mitsubishi informed dealers of the news at a NADA franchise meeting Sunday. Don Swearingen, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America, declined to say whether the holdup is temporary or indefinite, although he noted “all options are still open” in regards to the new D-segment offering.

Mitsubishi entered into a partnership with Renault-Nissan in late 2013 to exchange technologies related to automotive architectures and electric vehicles. A midsize Mitsubishi sedan manufactured in South Korea was destined to make its way to the U.S. alongside a jointly-developed compact car for global markets. It remains to be seen how much product influence Mitsubishi wielded over the midsizer. Its 2006-2010 Raider pickup truck, a reskinned Dodge Dakota, did not fare well on the sales front.

But a lack of a midsize sedan hasn’t slowed down Mitsubishi, which saw its U.S. sales grow 25 percent last year thanks to strong performances from the Outlander Sport and newcomer Mirage. This year, expect a redesigned Outlander in July and the 2016-model Lancer and Outlander Sport. For 2016, look for a new Mirage, Mirage sedan, and plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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