Mitsubishi to sell a rebadged version of the Infiniti M/Nissan Fuga in Japan

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 22, 2011

Mitsubishi announced today that it will launch a new flagship luxury model! Of course there is no surprise here, but the Japanese manufacturer said that the new car will be a rebadged version of the Nissan Fuga sedan a.k.a. the Infiniti M in the United States. The new car will make its debut next summer in Japan, but Mitsubishi is also considering launching the new model overseas.

The agreement between Infiniti and Nissan also includes a version of Mitsubishi's Minicab-MiEV all-electric commercial minivan, which will be launched wearing a Nissan badge.

For those who don’t know, the two companies also signed a cooperation agreement in December 2010, when Nissan agreed to provide its NV200 Vanette compact van to Mitsubishi, says Autonews. Of course, selling a rebadged version of the Nissan Fuga is not quite a surprise for us, as president Osamu Masuko said earlier this year the plan was under study.

The new car will be a successor to the Diamante, a vehicle sold by Mitsubishi in Japan. The car was firm’s previous flagship sedan and saw its sales peak at 25,267 in 1993. But volume dipped below 10,000 before Mitsubishi decided in 2004 to kill it.

Now more than ever, the innovative design of Nissan’s luxury division will entice more consumers in Europe just the way it did in the US. In fact, the new Infiniti is ready to hit the roads with an unprecedented performance. The G37 is armed with lightweight materials that go perfectly with its racing engine design. Meanwhile, the double wishbone suspension is offered along with Infiniti’s 4-wheel Active Steering and sports handling technology.

The M model just achieved both outstanding design and innovative performance in one package. The executive saloon performs at par with other European cars in the market. This may be the only car you’d ever need as it has all the qualities of a high-performance saloon that every buyer is looking for. The new Infiniti model features double-wishbone suspension, refined chassis design for optimum weight distribution, racing engine, adaptive equipment and lightweight technology.

The G37 probably attracted the most curiosity among all the other Infiniti M-Lines. The good thing is, Europe will be seeing more of the famous Infiniti M Line very soon. The third generation Infiniti G37 in particular will come out in rear-wheel drive. At the moment, the long 4945mm saloon is the most premium model from the Infiniti M Line.

The latest generation of the M Line will be launched in Beverly Hills before it will be out in the market. This August, we will be seeing the virtual car in 3D for a sneak peak on what the new Infiniti M Line has packed inside and out.

To be fair, the G37’s body has all the curves and sculpture design distinctively familiar to all Infiniti models. Much has been said about its similarities with the Infiniti Essence concept car from the Geneva Auto Show. The Essence has a stunning concept with creases below the rear windows, windshield and side windows. This will definitely make a lot of car enthusiasts more excited.

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