Nissan extends deal with Mitsubishi

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said on Tuesday they had signed a deal that would see Mitsubishi supplying Nissan with the next-generation eK Wagon minivehicle from the October-March second half of this business year.

The model would replace the current eK Wagon that Nissan sells as the Otti under its own brand under an original equipment manufacturing (OEM) deal signed in 2005.

In addition to the 36,000 eK Wagons supplied to Nissan annually, Mitsubishi also builds 20,000 Minicab light commercial vehicles a year for Nissan, which sells them as the Clipper.

Nissan, Japan's second-biggest auto maker, also procures 660cc minicars from top maker Suzuki Motor Corp., with which it entered a broader manufacturing partnership in June.

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