Mitsubishi’s new tie-up with Renault won’t affect the industrial cooperation between the Japanese automaker and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen. A PSA spokesman told Automotive News Europe that there’s no threat to its collaboration with Mitsubishi. The Japanese automaker produces the Peugeot 4008 and the Citroen C4 Aircross SUVs (which are based on the Mitsubishi ASX) and the Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero EVs (which are both based on the i-MiEV) in Japan.
These two car makers jointly operate an assembly plant in Kaluga, Russia. However, this PSA spokesman declined to comment about the agreement between Renault and Mitsubishi.
This deal will have Mitsubishi sell a Renault-based mid-sized sedan in the U.S. market and a Renault-based compact car in worldwide markets. In addition, this deal includes the joint development of an electric vehicle. This spokesman also wouldn’t talk about the timeline for the conclusion of PSA's existing deals with Mitsubishi.
According to Ian Fletcher, a senior analyst at IHS Automotive, there’s “little in the way of clashes at the moment” and that the only area of overlap is with regards to electric vehicles that may lead to the winding down of PSA's supply deal for the i-MiEV.