TOKYO - In technologies, as well as in models, Nissan North America Inc. will be able to choose what it wants from Nissan in Japan, Carlos Ghosn has reaffirmed.
Ghosn, Nissan's COO, said that Nissan wants to make its new continuously variable transmission technology for large cars available to the U.S. market. But the automaker won't send CVTs to North America unless Nissan North America wants them.
'We have had in the past too much tendency to push products on the market,' he said. 'We're going to adopt an approach ... to respect the needs that each market sees for its own customers.'
Ghosn's comments came in an interview with Automotive News; excerpts will be published next week as part of series of interviews with top auto executives worldwide.
They echo comments from other Nissan executives who have said that Nissan North America will have a larger voice in determining which products it will sell.
Patrick Pelata, Nissan's new executive vice president for product planning and strategy, has said, for example, that the Renault Avantime minivan could be sold as an Infiniti. But that would only happen if Nissan North America wants it.
Nissan's XVL sedan shown at last month's Tokyo Motor Show carries a CVT. The car is expected to be a future Infiniti.
The CVT 'will not be pushed on the United States, but it will be available for the United States,' Ghosn said.