Carlos Ghosn said there are questions as to whether the Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi alliance can continue in its current form amid talk of a full merger that could help the automakers pool resources better in the new age of electrified vehicles and autonomous driving.
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday. The new edition examines how ultraluxury automakers such as Aston Martin, McLaren and Ferrari have found a way to build and sell hypercars at a hefty profit. Something that was not always the case.
Fires on electric vehicles are rare, but the volatile chemistry of their batteries and the need for special training on how to extinguish them raises new safety questions as automakers are poised to dramatically increase production.
Rebounding profits in North America helped troubled Mitsubishi Motors Corp. jump back into the black in the just-finished fiscal year, as the recovering Japanese automaker rode a tail wind of surging sales, big cost cuts and favorable exchange rates.
Trevor Mann foresees the automaker flirting with the 300,000 mark as it introduces new products such as the Eclipse Cross and begins to roll out vehicles on platforms shared with Renault-Nissan around 2021.
The arrival of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross compact crossover gives the automaker three models that can compete for buyers in Europe's most popular SUV segment including the smaller ASX and the large Outlander.
Nissan says the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance has no plans to change cross-shareholding ratios of its member companies. The response follows a Reuters report saying that Nissan was in talks with Renault over a closer tie-up that would lead to a merger.