Mitsubishi and Nissan to jointly launch new Kei cars

By CARSIFU | 15 March 2019

TOKYO: Mitsubishi Motors Corp and Nissan Motor Co Ltd will introduce four new mini-vehicles in Japan through a joint venture.

Production of the all-new Mitsubishi eK wagon, Mitsubishi eK X, Nissan Dayz, and Nissan Dayz Highway Star, has started at Mitsubishi's Mizushima Plant in Kurashiki, Japan.

For the first time, the models will be offered with semi-autonomous driving technology, designed for single-lane use on highways.

NMKV, a joint venture of the two companies, integrated Nissan's advanced technologies and Mitsubishi's extensive experience in mini-vehicle production into the light, tall wagon-type cars.

The companies launched the first generation of the models in 2013 and have increased their collaboration since becoming Alliance partners in 2016.

Last month, the all-new Nissan Livina, which shares a platform with the Mitsubishi Xpander, went on sale in Indonesia.

The new models deliver markedly improved performance, with upgraded platforms, engines and transmissions.

They also feature an all-new design. While the Nissan and Mitsubishi mini-vehicles share key components, they retain separate brand features.

At a ceremony at the Mizushima Plant, Mitsubishi Motors Chairman and CEO Osamu Masuko, Nissan SVP Asako Hoshino, and NMKV President and CEO Junichi Endo pledged to keep working together.

The models will go on sale in Japan later this month.