Mitsubishi will sell a rebadged version of the Infiniti M luxury car in the Japanese market starting next summer. According to Automotive News, the Nissan Fuga (as it’s known in Japan) would serve as Mitsubishi’s flagship sedan to replace the Diamante, which was killed off in 2004.
We had heard as far back as February of this year that Mitsubishi was considering selling a version of the Infiniti M. The company won’t sell the new car outside of Japan, and has not yet disclosed its name. Under the agreement, Nissan will in return receive a version of Mitsubishi’s Minicab-MiEV electric van. Nissan has also given a version of its NV200 compact van to Mitsubishi.
Mitsubishi and Nissan announced an expanded cooperation in December 2010. At the time, Mitsubishi said in a statement that Nissan might “provide Mitsubishi Motors with upper-end segment models for the Japanese domestic market.” The M/Fuga is the vehicle to which that statement was referring. As part of that agreement, the companies also agreed to work collaboratively to build minicars for the Japanese market and to design a new one-ton pickup truck.
It doesn’t sound like the Mitsubishi-badged M is coming to the U.S. If it did, it would replace the Galant as Mitsubishi’s flagship model here, which Mitsubishi confirmed will go out of production by 2014.
Sources: Automotive News (Subscription required), Mitsubishi