Until the production end in 2004, the Diamante was the flagship luxury sedan of Mitsubishi Motors Corp. Apparently, the company plans revival of the model, at least in the Japanese market.
Under the agreement announced last week, Mitsubishi will start a rebadged version of the Nissan Fuga (better known in the US as the Infiniti M) in Japan next summer. So far, there is no official information on whether the company plans to market the sedan in the United States. However, with the aging Galant scheduled to be phased by 2013, introduction of the newly-born Diamante would spice up the Mitsubishi's offerings in the US.
The above mentioned agreement is the latest between the Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi. The automakers signed the cooperation agreement last December, and agreed to fill up holes in each others' lineups. Under the same agreement, Nissan will soon get a battery-powered commercial vehicle. Skeptics warn though that it will be difficult for two otherwise competing companies to agree on such key issues as shape and size of new products. It seems that only time can show whether the cooperation will be strong and whether the new models will reach North America.