UPDATE: Nissan has now confirmed it is buying a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors for $2.2 billion (£1.5 billion). Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn vowed in a press conference to help restore trust in Mitsubishi.
Nissan is significantly larger that Mitsubishi, which admitted in April it has been overstating fuel economy through rigging official fuel economy tests. Mitsubishi’s stock has plummeted by more than 40% since news of the fuel economy test scandal broke, wiping £2 billion off its value.
Ironically it was Nissan that discovered Mitsubishi was overstating fuel economy, when it assessed joint venture minicars built by Mitsubishi for the two companies.
Mitsubishi has since discovered it’s been overstating Japanese market fuel economy for 25 years.
“Nissan and Mitsubishi are discussing various matters including capital co-operation, but nothing has been decided,” said the two companies in earlier statements.