According to Ryugo Nakao, the company’s Head of Product Projects and Strategy, the immediate priority of this partnership will not be the C-Segment Lancer replacement, but rather a larger D-segment sedan to go up against the Mazda6, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and VW Passat.

Talks are still far from having reached a conclusion, but the larger sedan is deemed as being considerably more important for the US market, while the smaller car would have greater relevance in Australia and other markets that share its buyers preferences.

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