Few automakers are more intent on partnering with the competition than Nissan, which is stepping up its cooperative alliance with erstwhile rival Mitsubishi just two weeks after confirming plans to significantly increase its ties to Germany’s Daimler AG.
Nissan and Mitsubishi first agreed to help fill holes in each others’ product line-up in December 2010. They will now expand the number of vehicles covered by that deal, they confirm. Among other things, Nissan will get a new battery-powered commercial vehicle, while Mitsubishi will get a replacement for its flagship passenger car, the Diamante.
The expanded alliance focuses on the two makers’ home market, a jointly-issued statement declaring, “These initiatives are intended to strengthen the competitiveness of both companies in Japan.”
It is unclear whether any of the products developed under the partnership will be marketed outside Japan.