Mitsubishi-Nissan Sedan Might Not Happen

Back in November 2013, it was announced that Mitsubishi and Nissan would collaborate on a mid-size sedan for the US market. This news went over well with Mitsubishi's US dealers, who have been without a mid-size offering since the Galant departed at the end of 2012.  Though despite the dealer enthusiasm, the Mitsubishi and Nissan joint-project seems to have ground to a halt, according to industry paper Automotive News. At an NADA meeting on Sunday, Mitsubishi Motors North America executive vice president Don Swearingen informed the dealers about the mid-size roadblock, though gave few details as to why the venture has hit the brakes. RELATED: Check out what the Mitsubishi EVO of the future could look like “I told them that the plan has stalled, and I said that's really all I can tell you at this time,” noted Swearingen. “All options are still open.” Still, the small Japanese automaker has a number of things to celebrate. Mitsubishi made a strong showing in 2014 with US sales rising 24.8 percent to 77,643 models, the brand's highest output since 2011. New products are in the immediate pipeline too, including a redesigned Outlander and Outlander Sport, new Lancer by year's end, and potentially a return of the Montero SUV. All this, without the support of a D-segment vehicle. It is still unclear which vehicle from the Nissan-Renault alliance would make the brand shift to Mitsubishi, if any at all. The Nissan Altima finished a solid third last year in mid-size segment sales, behind the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, respectively. Mitsubishi's original plans called for a mid-size car for its global markets, as well as a kei car for the Japanese domestic market. RELATED: The Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the cheapest cars to buy in the US ______________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide

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