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Renault-Nissan brought Mitsubishi Motors into the fold back in 2016 to create the new Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Over a year, Mitsubishi Motors finished producing its last in-house vehicle, the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, and started to use Nissan’s resources to get a running start as part of the alliance. In January 2018, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance began a new funding campaign called “Alliance Ventures” to invest $1 billion in order to support open innovation, start-ups, and entrepreneurs in technology with a focus on autonomous systems, electric vehicles (EVs), connectivity, and artificial intelligence. The fund will last five years, and to start things off, $200 million was allocated for the first year’s budget – $50 million of that budget has already been spent in the last five months. Here’s a list of all five investments.
Being that all three automakers are from the other side of the hemisphere, with Mitsubishi Motors and Nissan settled in Japan, and Renault in France, the investments started overseas. The first was with the DiDi Auto Alliance. Founded by DiDi, an artificial intelligence and autonomous technology conglomerate in China, the DiDi Auto Alliance is an intelligent ride-sharing alliance working on providing new smart mobility solutions in China. The main goal of the DiDi Auto Alliance aims to unite all its members to transform the business model of the automotive industry and become the largest full-capacity vehicle operator platform in the world by providing services like auto leasing and sales, auto finance, auto service, fleet operation, and car-sharing solutions. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance struck a deal to help fund the DiDi Auto Alliance in exchange for their automotive services.
A France-based company, Kalray, has also received funding from Alliance Ventures, being that their current goals are very similar to those of the alliance. In addition to their plug-in electric hybrid vehicles, the alliance plans to develop fifteen models with autonomous features by 2022; Kalray is working on developing a microprocessor that can be used in autonomous driving. Sounds like the perfect match and a smart investment.
It’s been some time since we heard much about the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance. Mitsubishi Motors has been doing pretty well for themselves as of late, and we’re getting curious about the new eleven models Mitsubishi has planned. Almost a year ago, the first vehicle discussed that was to be built within this new alliance was a cross-brand electric vehicle (EV). Now, they’re finally gearing up to make it happen.
With Mitsubishi making a lot of changes and bringing new vehicles to their lineup since the Mitsubishi and Nissan-Renault partnership started, there’s a lot of talk of what’s to come. Mitsubishi is leaning towards crossovers and SUVs these days, and recently they discontinued the all-electric i-Miev. But with the expansion of Mitsubishi Motors across the world and in the auto market, there are some changes we can see happening to the current lineup. Especially with the sharing of components between Mitsubishi and Nissan.
The Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 are cornerstones for Mitsubishi Motors, known for their high fuel economy and sporty looks. The former comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but both models will most likely have it in the next model-year. For 2019, both models will be re-engineered and have a new powertrain option. Mitsubishi has always had low-power engines though, so we won’t see anything too grand – a 1.1-liter turbocharged engine is the current pick.
To learn is to evolve and make use of tools. Mitsubishi, now 100 years in the race, needs to make use of the tools and resources available to survive. It suffered some setbacks last year after running into some unsavory press, but got picked up by Nissan-Renault. Since then, Mitsubishi has brought many surprises our way, and it seems the team up it now has with Nissan will finally start rolling.
Top Mitsubishi Motors executives spoke at a press conference last Friday (6/23/2018), stating that it’s time for them to dip into the Nissan-Renault toolbox of products, technologies, and factories. Mitsubishi wants to further its global expansion and improve its growth in the United States and China. The U.S. actually became Mitsubishi’s single biggest market last year, next to Southeast Asia, so it would be a smart move to secure and build upon their current foothold. Numbers in the U.S. are expected to rise to nearly 150,000 vehicles; in China, the projected sales are said to triple and reach close to 300,000 vehicles by 2020.
Safety is an important part of auto construction, and manufacturers are looking for more and more ways to make their vehicles safer. It’s just another rat race in the grand scheme of sales, and with advanced technology on the rise, automobiles are getting more gadgets and tech as a standard. Even so, with automatic safety features, some automakers start safety from the ground up, or more so from the skeleton out. Ever heard of Mitsubishi’s Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution?
Mitsubishi has been doing pretty well in terms of safety. If you haven’t read our highlights of Mitsubishi safety features, be sure to get the lowdown. We’ll be discussing one of them in particular today. We’d also like to point out the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander earned a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS recently.
Now, have you ever heard of automobile configurations and designs that automakers develop? “MIVEC” is one of them, a variable valve timing (VVT) design by Mitsubishi Motors. In fact, several processes that increase the performance and safety of an automobile have been developed by Mitsubishi Motors. One of those goes by the acronym “RISE”, the auto body construction developed by Mitsubishi for improved safety. Their new partner/competitor Nissan also has one of their own, “Zone Body Construction.”
Not too long ago Nissan bought a large share of Mitsubishi to stop the versatile motor company from going under. It was back in 2016, and although one would think the news would settle like the dust of many company changes (Apple), it doesn’t seem like Nissan or Mitsubishi planned to be quiet for long and they keep presenting us with new concepts, like the new Mitsubishi-Nissan EV.
So the Nissan-Mitsubishi merge is quickly becoming a mutually beneficial partnership. With Nissan having a strong hand in electric vehicle (EV) tech and Mitsubishi knowing how to make a great PHEV, those are some of the first changes we’ll see. Along with a newly designed Lancer, it’s about time, the next vehicle to get a new look may be a brand new i-Miev or something else altogether.