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by Tim Beissmann

Mitsubishi and Nissan have confirmed the Nissan Navara will be built alongside the Mitsubishi Triton in Thailand from next year.

Joint production will start from the beginning of the next Asian financial year in April 2012 at Mitsubishi’s Laem Chabang Industrial Estate in Chonburi.

The joint venture leaves almost no doubt that Mitsubishi and Nissan will collaborate on the platform for the next-generation pick-ups, meaning the all-new Triton and Navara will become sister cars. The next-generation Mitsubishi Challenger and Nissan Pathfinder would also share their underpinnings as a part of the alliance.

The current-generation Nissan Navara was launched in Australia in November 2005, while the Mitsubishi Triton arrived about seven months later in July 2006.

In the first half of 2011, Nissan Australia sold 12,263 Navara utes in Australia (1025 4×2, 11,238 4×4) compared with 9459 Tritons (3144 4×2, 6315 4×4).

The tie-up is part of a larger cooperative agreement signed in December 2010, and follows last month’s announcement that the two would produce minicars together in Japan.




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