Mitsubishi is often derided in the US for its relatively boring lineup, Lancer Evolution aside, but the company is on the upswing worldwide, recently posting record global operating profits. The Japanese automaker may get a further boost in the near future from a rumored pickup truck deal with Fiat.

According to insider sources speaking to Automotive News Europe, Mitsubishi would reportedly build a variant of its widely respected L200 pickup truck for the Fiat Professional brand in Europe and Latin America starting in 2016. The L200 is larger than the Fiat Strada front-wheel-drive pickup already available in those markets, and it's available in rear- and four-wheel-drive configurations. The idea of adding a midsize truck to the commercial lineup was in the Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles five-year plan, but it didn't include any mention of a partnership to build it.

At first blush, the Mitsubishi agreement seems like an odd move, given that Fiat already owns pickup truck specialists Ram. However, according to ANE, the company had at one time planned to use a version of a new Dodge Dakota pickup for duty in Europe and Latin America, but the model never came to fruition.

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      • 6 Months Ago
      Not sure how odd it is- Mitsubishi built small trucks for Dodge for years before they brought the Dakota to fruition. In fact, IIRC, it was the Dodge Ram, or Ram 50. I think there was overlap with the Dakota, thus why the Dakota has always been a bigger midsize truck.
      Douglas Hamner
      • 6 Months Ago
      Shut up and take my money. We had these in Afghanistan...indestructible.
      • 6 Months Ago
      It'd be nice to see a new small truck here. A genuine small one.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Disappointing that they couldn't task Dodge with designing this smaller truck for Europe, which might have allowed for it to come stateside too.
        Robert Ryan
        • 6 Months Ago
        What NA designers think are important, in Europe and other parts of the world they are not
      • 6 Months Ago
      Why couldn't they just sell then ram.innEurope as a Fiat?
      • 6 Months Ago
      Was the Dakota a Mitsubishi or was the Mitsubishi Raider a Dakota? Nonetheless, makes sense, rather than starting from scratch. That could give Fiat an easier re-entry into smaller trucks here too.
        • 6 Months Ago
        The Raider was a rebadged Dakota. Oddly enough the Dodge Raider was a rebadged Montero
          Leather Bear
          • 6 Months Ago
          And let's not forget the Dodge Raider (to further add to the confusion...). It was clone of the 2-door 1st gen Mitsu Montero/Pajero and was offered as a Dodge in the late '80s.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Might be an indicator of how far off a Wrangler pickup variant is too, if they're ever planning on making one.
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