Japanese automakers Nissan and Mitsubishi have unveiled their jointly developed minicar quadruplets, which were created exclusively for the local market. The tall, five-door hatchbacks will go on sale in Japan in June this year under the following names: Nissan DAYZ and DAYZ Highway STAR, and Mitsubishi eK Wagon and eK Custom.
The names of the cars along with the sales date and the first photos are the only pieces of the puzzle released by the two companies, with further details to be announced later in the year.
“The product planning and development of the new models was conducted by NMKV Co., Ltd., a joint venture formed by Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors to develop minicars for the Japanese market,” said the two automakers in a joint statement.
After the presentation of the four minicar models, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors will finish the development of a second new minicar series, described as a “super height” (tall) wagon, which is slated for launch early next year.
The two minicar projects are part of a wider framework between Nissan and Mitsubishi signed back in 2010 and which has already produced cars like the Mitsubishi Proudia and Dignity, which are based on the Infiniti M and the China-market Infiniti M35hL LWB (known as the new Nissan Cima in Japan) respectively.