Nissan Could Take Over Mitsubishi Motors

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Nissan Could Take Over Mitsubishi Motors

Nissan is considering buying a controlling stake in Mitsubishi Motors for roughly 200 billion yen ($1.84 billion).

According to a report from Japanese broadcaster NHK cited by Bloomberg, Nissan is looking to purchase up to a 40 percent stake in Mitsubishi Motors.

Mitsubishi is currently embroiled in a scandal for purposefully falsifying fuel economy data for at least 25 years on many of its models. The scope of the cheating is still being uncovered, though already analysts are predicting it could cost Mitsubishi up to $1 billion.

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Orders for Mitsubishi models have already plummeted, while the company’s shares have fallen in value by 43 percent since the news broke. Mitsubishi Motors has not reached out to parent company Mitsubishi group for help, saying that it can handle the issue with its own resources.

Mitsubishi and Nissan have a joint venture that results in Nissan selling a version of Mitsubishi’s minicar. These small cars were the first four models identified to have incorrect fuel economy ratings, and it was Nissan that discovered the discrepancy during testing. Mitsubishi had already said that it planned to reimburse Nissan over the issue.

This story is developing. Check back for updates. 

[Source: Bloomberg]

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  • smartacus

    What would a Nissan takeover mean?

    Something tells me that despite the 2021 and 2025 fuel economy minimums looming,
    Nissan would immediately axe the Mirage

    …and sell the Endeavor name to GM to go along with their Encore, Enclave, Envoy, Encrust

  • Bug S Bunny

    What does Nissan stand to gain with this deal? Mitsu’s cars in North America can be considered “bottom of the barrel”; the Asian presence must be more attractive.

  • To be fair, Nissan already has the Versa SV sedan, which starts at 1K less than the Mirage. While it’s not a stellar car, it’s serviceable.

  • smartacus

    yeah but it aint serviceable with the 2021 and 2025 deadlines looming.
    1.8 with 4-speed auto/ 5-speed manual just can’t reach it. Not even 6 spd

    even the most fuel efficient Versa CVT only gets 38MPG hwy 33 combined

    maybe if they replaced the Versa’s 1.8 with the Mitsu 3-banger?
    the LEAST efficient Shitsushitty gets 42MPG 37 combined.

    44MPG hwy 40 combined for the most efficient CVT is still serviceable for quite a few years.

  • Good point, especially since that engine seems to be one of the few unaffected by the mileage scandal.