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Next Mitsubishi Flagship Could Be Rebadged Infiniti M--In Japan, At Least

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Thanks to financial troubles, Mitsubishi's product lineup has been looking a little thin of late, with very few new models making it to the market.

A new deal with Infiniti could be about to change this. Automotive News reports that Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has made a deal with Nissan's luxury brand to sell the 2012 Infiniti M, also known as the Nissan Fuga in Japan, rebadged as a new Mitsubishi luxury car.

Development of Mitsubishi luxury cars was frozen in the mid-2000s due to financial problems and slow sales, so the maker cancelled the replacement for its previous flagship model, the Diamante.

The 2012 Mitsubishi Galant is currently the largest sedan sold by the company in America. That car will be phased out by 2013, with no planned replacement.

The deal with Nissan is the latest in a series of OEM supply deals since signing an agreement in December 2010, including minicars for the Japanese market, a commercial small van variant of the Mitsubishi "i" electric car and the NV200 Vanette compact van.

There are currently no plans to bring the Infiniti-based sedan to the U.S. market, with the Mitsubishi variant due to hit the Japanese market next summer.

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