Reports out of South Korea are confirming the news that French car enthusiasts have been waiting on for decades: Americans will soon be able to buy French cars again, with Renault Samsung confirming that the first Mitsubishi-branded product exported to America will be the Renault-Samsung SM5.
Just-Auto is reporting that the first product, a D-Segment sedan, will be based on the Renault-Samsung SM5, which is sold in other markets as the Renault Latitude and Safrane. The unnamed C-Segment car slated to follow is said to be the Renault-Samsung SM3, also known as the Renault Fluence. The two South Korean-built cars no benefit from a free trade deal between America and South Korea, and give Mitsubishi a way to replace the aging Lancer and plug a hole in its US lineup without having to shell out the R&D dollars to develop new products. In return, Renault-Nissan will benefit from Mitsubishi’s experience in developing kei-cars and other minicars for world markets.