Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Strikes Back Around The World
One of the most enigmatic figures among the world’s top automobile executives is Carlos Ghosn, the Brazilian-Lebanese-French Chairman of the new Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
The 1999 deal he crafted with Renault saved Nissan from the brink of collapse – making it a powerhouse brand in styling, engineering and performance while dominating the plug-in electric market.
With the acquisition of 34 percent of Mitsubishi, the promise of scaling economies like building the Mitsubishi Outlander aboard the top selling Nissan Rogue crossover SUV platform, bear the signs of Ghosn’s legendary cost-cutting.
The consummate globalist, Alliance Chairman Ghosn has deals going all over the world. Nissan’s Decherd Tennessee high tech forging plant is producing engines for Mercedes vehicles built in Alabama and exported to Germany, Spain, Russia, South Africa, Japan and China.
Renault and Daimler are also collaborating on the next generation Smart Car and France’s popular Twingo.
Ghosn also served as chairman of AvtoVAZ and the new Alliance is in partnership with the Russian state corporation running five car making plants and numerous vehicle sub systems manufacturers.
Meanwhile in China the Alliance is building new auto plants with Dongfeng Motor Corporation.