• Oct 23, 2007
That Carlos Ghosn, he gets around. The CEO of two major automakers already, Renault and Nissan, is still interested in partnering with a third automaker, preferably one from North America. A potential deal to get up close and personal with General Motors fell through last year, but Ghosn insists about every two months or so that he's still open to the possibility of his expanding his alliance for an interested third party. But see, that's the thing, no one's interested (at least not Ford and Chrysler LLC). And since Ghosn realizes that a hostile takeover-type scenario doesn't breed good will between buddies, there he waits across the pond, leaning on his brand new Nissan GT-R trying to look all cool and attract the right mate. May we suggest a dash of Drakkar Noir, Carlos? Works every time.

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd, photo by Mychele Daniau/AFP/Getty]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Ghosn's track record is very good at taking a company from struggling to profitability. In fact, Nissan has been the most profitable OEM in the states for the past ~4 years or so, until FY06. It does remain to be seen if he can actually run a company once it's on its feet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I liked him better when he was making the Mr. Bean videos.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ghosn always looks like Rowan Atkinson, but man, that pic there is one of the best.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I was just going to say that he looks like Rowan Atkinson myself. He also has his finger in his ear, gross.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i thought Mr. Bean drives a Mini..
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, the conglomerate seems to work well, but there are significant problems lurking in the deep. Renault seems to be plagued by quality problems for a long time, and appearently Nissan gets them with R. parts too(instead of the other way around). Although their market matches consideably (i.e. non premium, mass cars), it is distributed geographically. It all makes sense if you look at the map. Rennault gets EU&Western-Europe, South America, middle east, Nissan is strong in Asia, East of EU (Russia), and North America.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why did the meetings with GM fall through last year? Maybe they should just try partnering on a project/application first, then go from there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why would ANYONE want to hookup with this one-hit wonder?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Screw off, Ghosn! We don't need another crap foreign company bleeding our carmakers dry.

        Friggin' one hit wonder.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ danms6

        I second that. Nissan is a profitable company and they do make good enthuiasts oriented products. An Altima will eat an Aura's, Fusion's and (especially) a Sebring's lunch all day. And the G35/37/350Z is solid performer.
        • 7 Years Ago
        As danms6 have already pointed out, you, sir, are an idiot.

        Before joining Renault (and then being transferred to Nissan) he was a CEO at Michelin for almost two decades. He has a celebrity-like status in Japan. Kirk Kerkorian, a billionaire who used to own 10% of GM, actually worked to oust Wagoner and install Ghosn as the new GM CEO.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'd almost agree with the one-hit comment, if it were modified to read "one-trick". Ghosn's specialty is cost-cutting--he's actually been called Le Cost Cutter in his Renault tenure--and in that respect he has helped stop the bleeding at Nissan.

        The problem is that, other than the Altima and G35, Nissan hasn't had a hit on it's hands. It's had a few pretty-goods (the 350Z and Murano) but nothing spectacular. It's also tanked mightily in quality on several models, and the models in question are those introduced after Ghosn came on. He's a supplier-squeezer and penny-pincher, which does great things for ROI, but not quality.

        He's also got a German-Auto-Executive-sized ego, but so does everyone outside of the Asians and Ford, so that's really par for the course.
        • 7 Years Ago
        my mom thinks he is cute... i bet she would want to hook-up with him.
        • 7 Years Ago
        One hit wonder?

        The man picked up Nissan when it was about $20 bil in debt and turned it into an amazingly profitable company in 5 years. The Japanese absolutely love him for the job he has done.

        Keep trolling elsewhere.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's an awesome picture of him.

      I don't care much about what he's trying to do, just stay away from GM, and I will be happy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really hope this never happens...I wouldnt want any GM/Ford/Chrysler trash utilized in a Nissan.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I dont mean any harm, "but," if it joins FOMOCO, Nissan would help both sales skyrocket the chart of american and japanese sales. To me the focus favors the Sentra, the fusion/ Milan/ MKZ favors the Altima, the Escape/ Meriner can join the plant with the Rogue, and Xterra, The Expedition/ Navigator could fit with the Armada, Edge/ MKX with Murano, F-series with Titan, Ranger with Frontier, Versa with Ford's new small, small car, Mustang with GT-R not sure but may work, and Taurus/ Sable/ MKS with Maxima. I'm sorry thats just my opinion. Even though ford may sell Jaguar/ Land Rover, probly Volvo it needs a nother that can help them. For anybody E-mail me for question at laricobrown@yaho.com. Thank You
      • 7 Years Ago
      There a French article posted last September about a suggestion of Paul Betts, editorialist for the Financial Times where he suggest then Renault should partner with Peugeot-Citroen instead http://www.trends.be/fr/economie/entreprises/12-1634-43710/et-pourquoi-pas-une-alliance-renault-peugeot--.html could a alliance with Peugeot-Citroen would have more sense?

      And for Nissan, in their home market (Japan), things are not all that rosy from this French article http://www.challenges.fr/business/1192658400.CHAP1020902/nissan_voit_sestomper_la_magie_de_ghosn.html
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