• Sep 13, 2010
In the book Overhaul: An Insider's Account of the Obama Administration's Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry, former auto task force chief Steve Rattner details the goings on during one of the most tumultuous times in the history of the auto industry. Yet another factoid to come out of the book was Rattner's offering of the top job at General Motors to current Renault Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.

Given the fact that Ghosn still heads Renault Nissan it's pretty obvious Sir Carlos turned down the job. But did he think about the tempting offer? According to a report in Automotive News (via Bloomberg) the charismatic leader had "no hesitation" in declining the offer. Ghosn cited the deteriorating auto market when asked why he turned down the GM job, adding "to leave at that point would have been both disruptive and disloyal to both companies."

But while Rattner wanted Ghosn to run The General, the Renault Nissan CEO was more interested in talking merger. Ghosn said in a statement that when asked to lead GM he instead offered up an alliance between his companies and the Detroit-based automaker, but Rattner didn't see that happening. At least at GM...

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req. | Image: Yves Forestier/Getty Images]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      "As for Ghosn, the story shows his desire to add GM in a Nissan-Renault alliance was more important than the chance to run GM by itself. And in fact, Rattner's book says that when Ghosn turned down the GM CEO offer he indicated he wanted GM to join his alliance. "
      http://www.cnbc.com/id/38990825/

      Interesting. He want GM become a part of Renault.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did not Kirk Kerkorian also try to bring about a merger or alliance between GM and Renault-Nissan?
      • 4 Years Ago
      couldnt look more fench if he wanted to
        • 4 Years Ago
        He is Lebanese born in Basil to be more specific.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Goshn isn't French. He is Brazilian and was born in Lebanon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Nissan/GM alliance probably would have been bad, but had they replaced Fiat it could have been beneficial to both Chrysler and Nissan. The Fiat alliance is still a massive unknown as most actions so far are conceptual, not actual. Nissan would have gotten the Ram truck platform to refresh the Titan, which would have been a plus for them.

      But that is a world of ifs, so nothing can ever be proven there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did you create a new profile? Or did you just change your username?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Both, but i am still the same dude, still the same insightful comments, still the same passion.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This was meant to be post as a reply to Sea Urchin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If he accepted GM offer, first thing he will do is to resurrect Trans-am the same way he did to GT-R Skyline when he first took the job to run Nissan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If anything note worthy, it's the Z that was resurrected first then the Infiniti brand, then the GT-R.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mr Bean running GM would have been cool to watch.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mr. Bean would have trashed the office, messed up the assembly line, and still have accidentially caused a successful car. With three wheels.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This guy looks like Mr. Bean
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thats the first thing that I thought when I saw this. Mr. Bean was proposed the head position at GM?!?!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ghosn always wanted the merger. I'm not surprised that that's what he counter-proposed.

      And he is right, it would've been disruptive for both companies if he just up and left for GM. Good call on his part.
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