Japan said it is ready to work for the stability of the Nissan-Renault alliance following the arrest of Chairman Carlos Ghosn, but a Nissan executive said the automaker is seeking ways to weaken the influence of its French partner.
Nissan's investigation into alleged misconduct by Chairman Carlos Ghosn is expanding to include Renault-Nissan finances, sources told Reuters. Nissan told Renault's board on Monday it had evidence of potential wrongdoing at Renault-Nissan BV, the Dutch venture overseeing alliance operations under Renault's ultimate control.
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the world's largest car alliance, is facing its biggest challenge yet with the arrest of its Chairman, Carlos Ghosn, which could threaten to upend the union of automakers he began to forge almost two decades ago.
Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors announced a technology partnership that will make its vehicles among the first to use Google's Android operating system in its dashboards to control navigation, infotainment and apps directly installed in vehicles.
These are exciting times for Japan's little three. Mazda and Subaru are preparing to launch electrified vehicles in the U.S. — including their first plug-ins — and take advantage of their partnerships with Toyota, while Mitsubishi is moving ahead with the backing of Renault-Nissan.