• Mar 25, 2011
The situation at Renault/Nissan has been a bit of a mess lately. Nissan's sales have been lackluster, with extra incentives needed to move metal. French investors have recently shot down CEO Carlos Ghosn's six-year plan for Renault.

Then there is the espionage case that rocked Renault. The case, which involved the alleged stealing of electric vehicle know-how, led to the firing of three Renault execs and an accusation by the French government aimed at China. After some investigating, though, it became clear that the espionage case was really a fraud case, and the only crime committed was a false accusation. Talk about your national embarrassment.

In light of all of Renault/Nissan's troubles, it's not surprising that some are interested in the head of Mr. Ghosn, but French Industry Minister Eric Besson says it's not happening. Automotive News reports that Besson told a French radio station that he hears the call for punishment, but "the industry minister's greater concern at this time is not to destabilize Renault any further." Besson then pointed out all the good things Ghosn has done during his time with the company, and added that the company faces challenges launching its electric vehicles.

It appears Ghosn is getting a pass for the company's recent troubles, but we're guessing that the leader's leash is a bit tighter than it was a couple years ago.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      that man saved nissan, a pass is well deserved
      • 3 Years Ago
      as expected. and it really isn't a big issue. it was the security guy who betrayed renault. the ex spy accusing others of espionage
      • 3 Years Ago
      ANYTIME a Government gets involved in ANYTHING it's gonna be trouble.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "GM and Ford were able to quickly switch from producing ugly cars to attractive ones. That's all Nissan really needs to do."

      Nissans styling is a mess. I think their product is good. It just screams ugly.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Look out, Carlos! That catfish is about to swallow you!! Its inexcusable that they are producing a product that looks like THAT.

      The Versa, Maxima, cube, and that minivan thing they produce range from bizarre to dumpy. Hell, they even managed to screw up a pure sports car, which are hard to make ugly. Whoever is in charge of Nissan's design is responsible for their troubles.

      GM and Ford were able to quickly switch from producing ugly cars to attractive ones. That's all Nissan really needs to do.

      Or maybe Carlos has Munchhausen Syndrome and only likes saving ailing brands, not keeping them healthy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Carlos may have been credited with saving the company, but Nissan's recent products have been bizarre at best, e.g. the Murano convertible and the Juke.
      • 3 Years Ago
      like its easy work whit a CRAPY MAKER AS RENAULT