Posts Tagged ‘renault’

Mitsubishi Teases Next-Gen Outlander Sport

Friday, February 4th, 2022
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Mitsubishi Motors has been a little rowdy lately. While still no news on the mysterious C-D segment car Mitsubishi was supposedly due to debut as the first new vehicle from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, it’s starting to feel like the automaker sort of gave up on that. If anything, the automaker can’t shut up about its next-gen Mitsubishi Outlander SUV, as tired as it is. Mitsubishi even announced an upcoming Eclipse Cross PHEV as the new flagship vehicle of the brand, and not too long ago, was due to leave the European market. Mitsubishi Motors is instead getting a hand from Renault two refresh and rebadge two of their models to give Mitsubishi a stake hold in the market. The latest conference held by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi debuted the first rebadge, a new generation Outlander Sport.

Face, meet palm.

It’s not a new model, and although the new Ralliart Concept vehicle that debuted during the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon seemed promising, concepts almost never make it to a prototype. Mitsubishi Motors brought Ralliart back to breathe some life back into the lineup, and for a while, a lot of people were excited about the possible return of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. After all, Ralliart is the reason the Evolution nameplate ever happened, but the automaker eventually silenced all hope when it announced electric vehicles (EVs) are the major focus. Ralliart will instead be more of an aftermarket accessories store for Mitsubishi owners to purchase performance enhancements and the like, as well as appearance packages. We saw what this could look like, with two examples outfitted with all-terrain tires, bumper protectors, mud guards, a roof carrier, and a trailer hitch.

Set to hit the markets in 2023, the first rebadged model from the French automaker baring a diamond logo is set to replace the Outlander Sport, known as the ASX and RVR overseas. Having had its last generation debut in 2010, with three facelifts since then, it’s time to replace it or overhaul everything. A new platform can help, but we wonder if Mitsubishi will do any changes to the chassis. After all, Mitsubishi Motors’ Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) safety body construction is just as much of a staple of the automaker as is their four-wheel drive all-terrain drivetrains, the All-Wheel Control (AWC) and Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC). Based on the conference, it seems the new Outlander Sport will be more than just a rebadge, although still heavily based on a Renault vehicle.

The slight teaser (above) definitely has a “sportier” look. Every automaker goes with the “swept-back” roof these days to increase how sporty a model looks, and aside from the thin and slanted LED headlights, we can’t see much just yet. During the conference, there was a second undisclosed model. Could it be the fabled C-D segment car? Can you really call it a new model if it’s a rebadge and rehash of a model already in the market under another name? This model under the sheets is said to also be a Mitsubishi design based on a Renault model with an electric or plug-in hybrid powertrain. Aside from that, it could be anything. Time will tell what Mitsubishi Motors is working on, with both models set for 2023 release. Follow along with us on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media for more information.

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Mitsubishi and Renault to Rebadge Models for Europe

Thursday, April 29th, 2021
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Miami Lakes Automall Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Five Investments

It’s been some time since we heard any developments from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Almost a year ago, the Alliance held a digital press conference to discuss new plans and business strategies going forward. Always set to be a mutually beneficial but also competitive relationship, each automaker has something to gain, and resources and tech are expected to be shared between them for future and upcoming concepts. A new interesting development, separate from the plans set forth during the press release, is the adaptation of two Renault models for the Mitsubishi Motors lineup in Europe.

During the 2020 press release, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance had a simple plan. One automaker would release a vehicle in a market region, and if its sales were good, the other automakers would do the same in their respective market regions before crossing over and creating competition. Mitsubishi Motors picked the short straw and will be the first automaker to release a new vehicle, but no matter what it is, the vehicle will probably only be sold overseas. At the moment, there are two great contenders –  the Mitsubishi and Nissan micro EV minicar project, or the Mitsubishi Airtek concept teased during the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show.

There isn’t much information on either of the above vehicles, only that one will be sold in Japan, one in China, and neither in North America. This gives us some hope that with the adaptation of two Renault vehicles for European sales, perhaps Mitsubishi will also bring the vehicles stateside. After all, Renault hasn’t been selling in the U.S. since 1992 after Chrysler bought their American partner, AMC. Their market share today wouldn’t be sufficient to enter the U.S., but Mitsubishi Motors already has a strong foothold on North American soil.

“I am very happy to see Mitsubishi Motors building a new line-up in Europe. The Alliance aims to enhance competitiveness and enable more effective resource-sharing for the benefit of all three companies. Our approach is collaborative, relying on mutual respect, with a clear intention to boost the performance of each company, allowing individual companies to capitalize on their own strengths, avoid duplication of resources and improve efficiencies.” – Jean-Dominique Senard, Chairman of the Alliance Operating Board and Renault.

Within the next two years, Mitsubishi will adopt and adapt two models currently produced by Groupe Renault. These aren’t new vehicles and aren’t a part of the new business strategy to test one vehicle in one region. The Alliance has yet to reveal the models that Mitsubishi will rebadge, but one can assume the Renault Clio is on the list. The best-selling vehicle in its segment and the second-best selling in all of Europe, this supermini car has sold 227,079 units in Europe. When rebadged by Mitsubishi Motors, they will also be redesigned to follow the brand’s DNA and new styling, such as the new Dynamic Shield built into the front fascia.

This is just the beginning of cross-platform sharing amongst the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. That mini electric vehicle being sold in Japan is a joint-venture between Mitsubishi and Nissan, possibly built off the new EV platform Nissan developed last year. Heck, the Mitsubishi Outlander is powered by an engine from Nissan. All these new parts from Renault and Nissan, it’s all very reminiscent of the “Six Million Dollar Man”. Follow along with us and see what else happens for Mitsubishi Motors when you follow us on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.

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New Business Plans to be Announced by Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance

Friday, February 7th, 2020
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Ever since the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance was formed in 2017, and later announced Alliance 2022 and its six-year plan, there hasn’t been a lot of word on what is going on. Yes, we hear about the occasional investment the Alliance makes through Alliance 2022, a $1 billion fundraising campaign started to help develop new startups and entrepreneurs in technology for self-driving robotaxis, car sharing networks, new EV batteries, and new forms of EV charging. Aside from that, there hasn’t been much talk about plans for 2022, two years away. When we take a look at the past few years, progress has slowly been building, and after a meeting between the top leaders of each automaker, the three agreed to share new medium-term business plans around May 2020.

This is great news! Assuming the six-year plan started in 2018 (although it’s more like five years if it ends in 2022), the Alliance is at the halfway point and thus has new plans to put into play at the halfway point. Nissan Motor Co., Renault SA, and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC) have all agreed to share their respective new medium-term business plans following an agreement at a meeting held between the top leaders of the three-way automotive alliance at Nissan’s headquarters in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo. Nissan President Makoto Uchida had this to say –

“Under the plans, one with the greatest competitiveness will lead the other two in each category, such as compact cars and electric vehicles.”

Simply put, the Alliance is turning into a triangle of sorts. One automaker with success and already proving to be a competitive name in the industry will share technology and success with the other two so that they may also be successful while still remaining competitive internally as well as externally. This is abundantly clear with Mitsubishi Motors, initially slated to be in charge of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) development. We could say the automaker is already well on its way with concepts like the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, or the Mi-TECH concept at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, a plug-in hybrid electric engine that replaces the need for an internal combustion engine with a lightweight, compact gas turbine engine-generator powerful enough to drive a small SUV, and able to be powered by various fuel sources, including diesel, kerosene, and alcohol.

When it came to electric vehicle technology, Mitsubishi Motors had okay success with the i-MieV, but the Nissan Leaf has been a success story for all-electric vehicles and Nissan. As luck would have it, Nissan also recently announced the development of a new cross-brand EV platform that will not only be available to all three automakers for future all-electric and battery-electric vehicles, but will also be flexible. This means that the new platform can be utilized by either automaker, and changed based on the size, style, and purpose of its intended use, and most likely different powertrains as well.

Could we see an electric Mitsubishi Mirage? The next-gen Mitsubishi Mirage is supposed to be based on the Nissan Juke, and if electric vehicles and compact cars are on the docket for mid-term business plans, is it really such a farfetched idea? We don’t think so. Tell us your thoughts. Join the discussion about the promising new business plans on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.

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Why Would the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Merge with FCA?

Thursday, May 30th, 2019
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The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has been pretty busy lately, and here we thought they were taking a back seat for a while. No, the alliance is actually alive and well, still making smart investments, teaming up with other companies, and their latest offer is one that no one really saw coming but also secretly hoping for. Like that ship in a favorite TV series that seems uncanny and out of left-field, but totally actually works. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Renault is that ship. Recently, a proposal from FCA to merge with Renault was discussed behind closed doors, but so far, nothing is set in stone.

Why wouldn’t Fiat Chrysler Automobiles want to work together with Renault? Well first off, with Renault technically calling the shots of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, if Renault were to merge with FCA, then they would be bringing Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors with them. That would, effectively, turn the merger into the world’s third-largest automaker and automotive group. What a milestone.

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Alliance 2022 Six-Year Plan Already on the Move

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall Alliance 2022 Outlander PHEV

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has been gaining traction as of late, and with their six-year plan, Alliance 2022, the alliance already has plenty going for them. Although Mitsubishi is focused on crossovers and SUVs at the moment, their Outlander PHEV, the plug-in hybrid crossover is one of their most popular vehicles, and is helping to cement a foothold for the alliance as the upswing of hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles gains momentum. Current sales in Europe, and sales projections are showing signs that this is the time to hit the auto market hard and capitalize on hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles (EVs).

Lighting Up Europe

Sales in Europe have been going well for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, with a total unit sales increase of 5.1-percent, putting the alliance at a grand total of 5,538,530 vehicles in the first-half of the year that’s a new record! In addition, there’s a growing demand in Europe for all vehicles currently being produced by the alliance. There has been a surge in demand for crossovers, sports utility vehicles, and pickup trucks, as well as zero-emission EVs, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) models overseas, and the Outlander PHEV may have helped keep the general public satiated until now.

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New Cross-Brand EV Platform from Nissan-Mitsubishi

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
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Miami Lakes Cross Brand EV Nissan Mitsubishi

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.

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