Back in March 2022, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance shared new business plans for the next eight years, Alliance 2030. Two years after their mid-plan strategy announcement in May 2020, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is fulfilling its promises of connected-car technology system that runs on the Android Operating System, a new E-body core system for electric-electronic architecture, and self-driving technology. According to Alliance 2030, 35 new EV models will be produced by 2030, 24 models will come with intelligent vehicle and driver-assistance technologies for Level 3 and Level 4 autonomy, and a Mitsubishi model may become the first vehicle that’s more software than it is machine. In May 2022, the Alliance announced a new strategy to streamline electric vehicle (EV) development with a new electric vehicle company side project.
According to Nikkei Asia, the Renault automaker CEO, Luca de Meo, confirmed the formation of a new company with alliance partners Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors. Call it a spin off, but like the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), where Mitsubishi Electric develops technology for Mitsubishi Motors while supporting its own brand, Renault wants to create an EV unit as an independent company while still a part of the Alliance. To make it work, both alliance partners would also have to invest into the idea and the construction of a new EV facility, for starters.
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Mitsubishi Motors is currently placing all of its focus on reincarnations of every model in its lineup. Although we’re all waiting for something new, it would seem the Japanese automaker wants to release the best version of every model it can before releasing an unknown vehicle. The latest to get a renewal is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, released for the 2023 model year. Recently released in America in 2017 as a 2018 model, the vehicle has reinforced its credentials as the best-selling PHEV sport-utility vehicle in the world. With the 2023 model scheduled to go on sale in the second half of 2022, the PHEV made its debut at the 2022 Twin Cities Auto Show.
“Since its launch in March 2022, the gasoline version of all-new Outlander has been a homerun, setting sales records monthly even in the face of global supply challenges…When sales begin in the U.S., the 2023 Outlander PHEV will take its place as the flagship of the Mitsubishi fleet. It is the most advanced and best equipped vehicle we have ever sold, and it is the perfect blend of quiet and clean electric motoring, with the range and ease of refueling of a gasoline-powered vehicle.” Mark Chaffin, MMNA president and CEO
Running May 14-22, 2022, the 2022 Twin Cities Auto Show got its first glimpse at the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), this SUV is high up there on the lineup when it comes to sales and success, right next to the original Mitsubishi Outlander. Outfitted with the automaker’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system, this SUV will always be able to handle a variety of terrains and driving conditions. Plus, S-AWC offers seven drive modes that the consumer can choose from, depending on their driving style and road conditions. This gives consumers a sense of security, confidence, and comfortable driving.
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