Nissan U.S. success linked to healthy Renault

Far away in Europe, the man who saved Nissan 11 years ago is still grappling with how to bolster his other automaker, Renault. Unlike Nissan's rapid turnaround in 2000, Renault has proved a longer-term work in progress.

The French automaker lost $4 billion last year and Ghosn predicts it will be 2011 before it returns to profitability.

But it will happen -- and it's important to Nissan in the U.S. market that it does happen. Nissan dealers are now counting on a generation of cars, engines and technologies that are linked at the heart with a healthy Renault.

Renault's financial strength translates to profitable Nissan and Infiniti dealers in Milwaukee and Albuquerque.