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Mitsubishi’s flagship sedan to be a rebadged Nissan

By SYF77 on 01 Oct 2011

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Since the end of production of the Mitsubishi Diamante back in 2005, the Japanese automaker lacks a flagship model. But that is about to change soon. The troubled automaker has announced that as a part of cooperation agreement signed with the Nissan Group in December 2010, it will begin selling a rebadged Fuga, which to the rest of the world is known as the Infiniti M, from next summer.

According to Mitsubishi, the rebadged luxury sedan will be sold only in Japan and there are no plans to export the car in overseas markets. The Japanese automaker has yet to reveal the flagship sedan's name. The cooperation between the two companies extends beyond the Infiniti M sedan. Mitsubishi has also agreed to sell Nissan’s NV200 van while providing Nissan with the electric Minicab i-MiEV commercial van. The two Japanese makers have also formed a joint venture for the common development of mini cars for their home market.

Personally, I am saddened by the demise of the Diamante model. It was one of the more charismatic-looking Japanese luxury sedan during the 1990s. I could still recall that the last Diamante sold in Singapore was offered with a 3.0L Gasoline Direct Injected V6 engine coupled with a 5 speed Tiptronic-styled transmission. These technologies are ahead of it's time back then. However, it is a pity that the sales figure is not ahead of other luxury sedans.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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ER-3682 Oct 02 2011 12:53 PM
The Diamante is also known as the Sigma in the 90's.....but its V6 drinks like a fish...
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