• Apr 27, 2006

Nissan Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn may strike as an unconventional cheerleader for General Motors and Ford, but the celebrated turnaround artist has gone on record as saying that the struggle of the U.S. automotive titans won't be of much assistance to Nissan's global efforts. While he apparently didn't get into details during his Associated Press interview, Ghosn did go on record as saying:  "I don't think that you gain because your competitor is weak."

Might Carlos and Co. be fearful of the domino effect on suppliers if one or both of the American automakers falls prey to bankruptcy? Or is he simply putting a friendly face on a tough issue?

One thing's for sure-- with Nissan's coffers drawing in some $4.5 billion in net profits through the end of last month, Ghosn has earned the luxury of sounding magnanimous.

[Source: The Associated Press via Forbes]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Ha Ha. Carlos will have his personal assistant tell his gardener to tell your parole officer that he appreciates the humor.

      But on the topic at hand... Nobody's going to win if all the tier 1 suppliers that get 30-75% of their business from GM & Ford shut their doors. The new big 3: Toyota, Honda, Nissan are working dilligently to make sure the bigg suppliers won't strand them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Someday, we'll get off this guy's nuts.

      Not today however. Sheesh. You'd think he's god's gift to earth listening to some of this crap. He's a freaking business man with one positive turnaround on his record. Oh boy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Carlos Ghosn: Ailing General Motors and Ford bad for industry"

      -Really? Wow, this dude is freaking smart because nobody would have guessed that one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      He'll be working for GM or Ford sometime in the next 15 years, then onto another manufacturer after getting his quick profit bonuses.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Carlos Ghosn, in my opinion seems genuinely concerned. I have read about the companies he has made profitable. Michelin tires, I read is where he got some of his knowledge of how Japanese car companies were being run. He has done an amazing job with Nissan. General Motors and Ford need to "Wake-Up" while foreign car manufacturers were producing fuel efficient cars. G.M and Ford were making Yukon's and Excursions. I just hope that in the future there isn't going to be any Japan bashing because thier cars are selling. It's getting a little old.........that excuse I mean, like the Rubiks cube G.M and Ford need to blame there problems on someone else.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Geez Carlos, all you're missing is a black cape, some fangs, and a little balloon coming out from your mouth saying, "I've COME to SUCK your BLOOD!!!"
      • 8 Years Ago
      "GM should steal Ghosn from Renault-Nissan."

      Believe me, that conversation has been held behind the scenes at both GM and Ford and the inquiries were rejected.

      Ghosn can only work his magic when the UAW is out of the picture. He'd have nothing to gain by going to GM.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "one positive turnaround?"

      Read his book... he turned Michelin into a moneymaker, oversaw their difficult merger with BFG, brought Japan's 2nd biggest carmaker from bankruptcy to the most profitable in the world, grew their market share from 3% to 7.5% in 5 years, rose combined Renault/Nissan to the fourth largest automaker, has recorded six straight years of profit at a company that had 8 out of its previous 10 losing money, & now has Renault started on the right track. All done within a terrible global business environment.

      Yeah, as you stand there at McDonald's flipping burgers you just keep thinking this guys a poser! The guy is a business and management genius and you're just too stupid to see it. LOL
      • 8 Years Ago
      bri...........let me clarify the "Rubiks Cube" It was a quote I had read on-line, a few days ago written by someone who said simply that they hoped that G.M and Ford would not blame their financial losses and market share on Japanese car companies. That the excuse was getting a little old. I guess the last time this happened was in the 1980's when the Rubik's cube was popular.

      Hope this helps. Sorry for the confusion
      • 8 Years Ago
      #6

      [quote]He's a freaking business man with one positive turnaround on his record.[/quote]

      Renault
      Michelin USA
      Nissan

      Do some research first.
      • 8 Years Ago
      rubiks cube? ha

      worst...analogy...ever
      Douglas
      • 8 Years Ago
      So,has anybody even heard about the Nissan.com fracus where Nissan Motors is suing the bejesus out of Nissan Computer for already being there when we knew them as Datson? Classic case of big bully and the little guy.
      Go to www.nissan.com and find out for yourself.
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