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Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors to share truck platform in SE Asia

Japanese automaking partners aim to bring down cost more than 20% by 2019

Mitsubishi Motors' Triton (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

BANGKOK -- Japanese automakers Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors will share a common platform on pickup trucks in Southeast Asia beginning with the next-generation models due to hit the market around 2021, hoping to cut costs through joint production.

"Platform sharing is a must-do," Yutaka Sanada, Nissan's regional head of Southeast Asian and Oceania operations, told the Nikkei Asian Review on Friday. He added that the companies' platforms for electric and hybrid vehicles could also be consolidated.

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