Nissan’s purchase of a 34% equity stake in Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is expected to see the two companies cooperating on a wide-ranging synergy of programmes, one of which could possibly be the co-development of next-generation pick-up models, CarAdvice reports. This was intimated by newly-appointed Nissan co-CEO Hiroto Saikawa in a conference call with global media last week.

“Many companies face the challenge of ageing models. It happened to Nissan, it happened to Mitsubishi. I cannot give you a full assessment of Mitsubishi right now. I can tell you that, we will see this in a two-way benefit. Segments of joint platform development could include pick-up trucks in the ASEAN market, where MMC has particular expertise,” he explained during the call.

The publication deliberates that the latter point suggests that the next Navara and Triton, due around 2021, may share a common architecture, one created in tandem. There was also the suggestion that Mitsubishi could use the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF modular architecture platform to revive its stagnant passenger car line-up, with the possibility of a new Lancer coming about.

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The CMF underpins the likes of the Renault Megane, Nissan Pulsar and Qashqai, among others, and the incorporation of MMC into the Renault-Nissan Alliance presumably means that the platform should become available for Mitsubishi’s use. “The existing platform can be exchanged whenever it will make significant sense,” Saikawa said, without elaborating if there were indeed plans for a new Lancer.

It was previously mentioned that the companies will explore joint purchasing in a bid to reduce costs as well as look into aspects of joint plant localisation and technology sharing, and that the sharing will also extend to common vehicle platforms.