It seems that the recent takeover of Mitsubishi by Nissan is causing a possible delay in vehicle manufacturing, particularly the Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sports (or ASX as we know it to be).

Both SUVs are pending review as Nissan and Mitsubishi continue to explore ways for components to share with the Nissan Rogue (that’s the X-Trail) and Rogue Sports (Nissan Qashqai). The goal here is to commonise as much parts as possible, but the whole process may eventually delay their (the Outlander and Outlander Sports) US debut.

The person overseeing this major venture is Carlos Ghosn, chairman of both Nissan and Mitsubishi. Ghosn also heads the Renault-Nissan alliance. With all the various car brands under his belt, the alliance’s global volume skyrocketed to 9.96 million, putting them just behind third-place General Motors.

Ghosn has already detailed a cost-cutting plan that would help the alliance to save up to $427.1 million (close to RM1.9 billion) in the next fiscal year, the bulk of which will come from parts sharing, joint manufacturing and various other combined operations.


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Matthew H. Tong
A straightforward, fun-loving guy who appreciates the superficiality of a car's appeal, but his admiration for anything on four wheels gives him no reason to neglect the makings of a car. He still believes that fun comes with three pedals and a stick.