Invasion of the Clones: Mitsubishi’s plans for Europe

Invasion of the Clones: Mitsubishi’s plans for Europe

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Starting in 2023, Mitsubishi Motors will sell two sister models from the Renault Group’s factories in select markets in Europe. We are talking about bestsellers that already meet all the regulatory requirements of the European Union. Specific models and markets are not named as “under consideration”. Most likely, one of the cars belongs to the LCV (commuter) segment.

“The combination of the recently launched Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV hybrid and its sister models developed by Renault will enable Mitsubishi Motors to become more competitive in the European market,” Renault Groupe informs about “the next step in the cooperation of the alliance.

The new “heel” Renault Kangoo and the Renault Express van will have counterparts from Nissan (NV250) and Mercedes-Benz (T-class). It is logical that Mitsu will have a twin, which can clone re-made vans collected in the French Maubeuge.

The “fourth” Mitsubishi Outlander (left) is a fresh example of cloning, as it is a redesigned Nissan Rogue / X-Trail. For the sake of fairness, we add that Mitsubishi models also get doubles, albeit rarely: the Nissan Livina (right) is made of a cross-van Xpander.

It is important to note that the discussion is about the models and factories of the group, not the Renault brand. The group includes Renault itself, the Romanian Dacia and the Alpine electric brand. In the spring of 2020, the alliance made Mitsubishi the “leader” in ten countries in Southeast Asia (ASEAN). In Europe, the company got the role of “follower”, so Mitsu curtailed production in the EU and froze development. Nevertheless, the Japanese need to “satisfy the needs of customers” and attract new ones, so the alliance went forward. CEOs Luca de Meo and Takao Kato are “very happy”.

We also advise you to watch a detailed test drive of the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2020 from the FineAuto team:

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