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Mitsubishi to Work on the next Nissan Navara Platform

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The next architecture of the Nissan Navara and the Renault Alaskan might come from Mitsubishi in the future. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. COO Trevor Mann revealed this in an interview last week.

According to Automotive News, Mitsubishi engineers are now developing a “commonized body-on-frame” truck platform. This will underpin the midsize pickups and sport utility vehicles of Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi.

The Navara and Alaskan will be sharing the same platform used by the Mitsubishi Triton. Mitsubishi was chosen by Nissan and Renault to make the platform because they see the company as having “the best pickup competence” as displayed in the Triton, which is currently enjoying strong sales in Southeast Asia.

It should be recalled that Mitsubishi joined the Renault-Nissan alliance in 2016. “Shortly after the alliance, we did a detailed technical study between the two, and we found that Mitsubishi had many advantages over the Nissan platform,” Mann stated.

Among the things Mann wanted to take advantage of during the team-up with Mitsubishi are the frame design, sourcing footprint and logistic costs. The area that he wants the company to focus on is in Southeat Asia where Mitsubishi and Nissan have a big demand for their pickups from their large customer bases.

Despite the announcement, Mann said that the platform is still years away in the US market. They are considering of putting the update on the Nissan Frontier (known as Navara in other areas) though since it has been so long since the vehicle received an overhaul in the American soil.

Toyota Cars Will Be Equipped With Tear Gas To Deter Thieves

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A new patent filed by Toyota reveals that they will equip their cars with a new anti-theft device. This comes in the form of a tear gas integrated within the fragrance dispenser of the auto.

According to Autoblog, the system activates when there is an illegitimate engine start in the car. It releases a noxious gas in the cabin to drive off thieves.

The system is a bit similar to the patented fragrance system of Mercedes-Benz. With it, the driver can choose the scent that will be pumped out of the car’s air vents.

Taking into consideration the different persons who will be using the car and their individual preferences when it comes to their sense of smell, Toyota introduces a more seamless way to customize its car’s fragrance.

The system automatically detects who is going inside the car through their mobile devices, and then it dispenses the person’s preferred fragrance. A deodorizer is also integrated within the system to ensure that the scent of the cabin will remain neutral before someone else uses it.

We just hope that the deodorizer is capable of washing off any traces left by the tear gas after an attempted theft though.

According to a study, the Nissan Altima was accounted as the most stolen new car model in 2017. It was followed by the Toyota Camry. The same research showed that theft cases of Camry rose by 3.3% from 2016 to 2017. On the other hand, the theft of Corollas in the same period increased by 2.9%. Now, with the new technology of Toyota in its fragrance system, thieves might start to think twice about robbing its cars.


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