Nissan CEO says company would reconsider strategy if Britain left EU

Nissan CEO says company would reconsider strategy if Britain left EU

SUNDERLAND, England, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Carlos Ghosn, chief executive officer of the Nissan Motor Co., said the company would reconsider its corporate options if Britain left the European Union.
Nissan gives Datsun brand a Go, best cheap cars

Nissan gives Datsun brand a Go, best cheap cars

Nissan is giving the Datsun brand a Go in India.

Datsun to be resurrected for Indian audience

NEW DELHI, July 15 (UPI) -- Japanese auto company Nissan said it was resurrecting the retired Datsun brand by introducing the Datsun Go for the Indian market.
It's not your father's Chevy

It's not your father's Chevy

In blow to shade tree mechanics everywhere who spent Saturdays adjusting carburetors to set engine idle speed, say goodbye to another automotive relic: bench seats.

CEO sees auto partnerships ahead

DETROIT, June 23 (UPI) -- Adapting newer technologies will force U.S. and other automakers to form partnerships, the chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA said.

Nissan hit by downturn, lays off 20,000

TOKYO, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Nissan Motor Co. said Monday it would lay off 20,000 workers, and joined other Japanese automakers announcing major losses for 2008.
Automakers say they can't fund development

Automakers say they can't fund development

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. and foreign automakers have said development of fuel-efficient cars cannot proceed under the current economic environment.
Renault-Nisan moves in on Chrysler-GM

Renault-Nisan moves in on Chrysler-GM

DETROIT, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The French and Japanese Renault-Nissan alliance has proposed purchasing around 20 percent of Chrysler LLC, sources said.

U.S. vehicle sales estimates go down

FRANKLIN, Tenn., July 23 (UPI) -- The slump in U.S. auto sales will likely continue through 2009, a top industry executive said.

Renault to mass-produce plug-in cars

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France, July 5 (UPI) -- Renault, in response to soaring gas prices, plans to mass-produce electric cars, the French automaker's chief executive said Saturday.

Renault agrees to buy AvtoVaz stake

MOSCOW, March 1 (UPI) -- French carmaker Renault has agreed to buy a minority stake in Russia's AvtoVaz, the company said.

Missed targets means no bonuses

YOKOHAMA, Japan, June 20 (UPI) -- No bonuses will be given to Nissan board members because the Japanese carmaker failed to reach annual performance targets, company officials said Wednesday.

Nissan CEO gives up North American post

TOKYO, March 16 (UPI) -- Nissan Motor Co.'s chief executive will give up his post as head of North American operations, the automaker said Friday in announcing a management shake-up.

Renault-Nissan seeks U.S. partner

DETROIT, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The Renault-Nissan alliance seeks a U.S. partner, the alliance's chief executive said at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

GM, Renault-Nissan talks ended

DETROIT, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Merger talks between the heads of General Motors Corp. and Nissan-Renault are off, to the likely consternation of a U.S. billionaire on GM's board.
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Carlos Ghosn
Carlos Ghosn, chief executive of Renault and Nissan, speaks during the presentation of the new 2007 Nissan Qashqai in La Courneuve, near Paris, September 6, 2006. Unveiling the new Qashqai four-by-four car on Wednesday, Ghosn said that the alliance between the French and Japanese groups was 'unique' and built on mutual trust. (UPI Photo/Eco Clement)

Carlos Ghosn, (Arabic: كارلوس غصن‎, born 9 March 1954), KBE, is a Lebanese-French businessman who is currently the Chairman and CEO of Yokohama, Japan-based Nissan and holds the same positions at Paris-based Renault, which together produce more than one in 10 cars worldwide. For orchestrating one of the decade's most aggressive downsizing campaigns and spearheading the turnaround of Nissan from near bankruptcy in the late 1990s, Ghosn earned the nicknames "le cost killer" and "Mr. Fix It." After the Nissan financial turnaround, he achieved celebrity status and ranks as one of the 50 most famous men in global business and politics. In Japan, he is the superhero protagonist in a popular "manga" comic book series. His polemical decision to spend $5 billion to develop the world's first mainstream electric car, the Nissan Leaf, is a subject of the 2011 documentary "Revenge of the Electric Car."

Ghosn (rhymes with "phone" in English) was born in Porto Velho, Brazil on 9 March 1954 to a French mother and Lebanese father. At age 6, he moved to Beirut, Lebanon, with his mother. He completed his secondary school studies there, in a Jesuit school (Collège Notre-Dame de Jamhour). Then he completed his classes préparatoires at Lycée Stanislas in Paris. He graduated with engineering degrees from the École Polytechnique in 1978 (X1974) with the final year's specialisation at the École des Mines de Paris. He is a French citizen. Ghosn is multilingual and speaks six languages (Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish, French, English and Japanese).

He has attracted controversy for his candor and for his demanding and sometimes confrontational style. He has also drawn criticism for investing heavily in developing economies, including Brazil, Russia, Korea, India and in particular China, where Nissan is now the No. 1 foreign carmaker. (By contrast, more traditional automakers focus on wealthy markets such as North America and Western Europe, which are seen as less risky bets.) His strategy for penetrating emerging markets includes selling cars with sticker prices under $3,000 and successfully commercializing affordable zero-emission vehicles: "If you're going to let developing countries have as many cars as they want -- and they're going to have as many cars as they want one way or another -- there is no absolutely alternative but to go for zero emissions. And the only zero-emissions vehicle available today is electric.... So we decided to go for it," he told the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.

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