Mitsubishi to locally produce CMF-A platform based cars as it tries to access more resources post acquisition by Renault-Nissan
Mitsubishi is preparing to step up its pace in Indian market post acquisition by Renault-Nissan alliance. Despite being present in the country for nearly 20 years, the Japanese automaker couldn’t grab a strong position here. But, with growing resources and Renault-Nissan developed low-cost CMF-A platform, the scenarios is about to get changed.
Earlier, Mitsubishi had technical collaboration with Hindustan Motors for the domestic market. Now, the brand is focusing on localised production, which will help it to keep the pricing of its products significantly lowered and competitive to the rivals. Speaking about Mitsubishi’s strategy, Renault-Nissan alliance boss Carlos Ghosn has confirmed the CMF-A platform will be available for the Japanese brand.
However, the entire process will take time, as the company needs to priorities its tasks and the India-spec products will need re-engineering on the CMF-A platform. Therefore, we can expect the company to roll out cars based on the modular platform not before 2019.
Speaking about the overall strategy, Carlos Ghosn has revealed that inspired by the success of Renault Kwid, Nissan will also roll out cars based on the CMF platform. And in future, it will be open to Mitsubishi as well. Interestingly, the new-generation India-bound Nissan Micra is underpinned by the CMF-B platform, while Renault’s most successful product ever in India, the Kwid is based on CMF-A.
It is to be seen, which kind of products Mitsubishi emphasises on in future. While the SUVs and crossovers are likely to be at the forefront of the brand’s India portfolio, a very interesting model will be the Lancer, one of the most successful cars ever from the automaker. Even in India too, Mitsubishi Lancer made a strong impact among the auto enthusiasts.
Source: Autocar India