DETROIT - Nissan Motor Co. CEO Carlos Ghosn wants a moderately priced sports car for Nissan. He talked with Automotive News Asia Editor James B. Treece at the show.
Will the Urge concept car or something like it go into production?
When you bring a concept to a show like this, it's never a coincidence.
Are we interested in a relatively affordable sports car for Nissan? Yes.
Is this the car? I think it's too early to tell. We have to wait for reaction.
This is a very legitimate segment.
The push to make your Nissan "Plan 180" sales goals by the end of September pulled sales ahead. You said in October that sales in November would be down. Is that payback over?
It is over. October, no doubt about it, November also, and December, some of it. But from now on, anybody from Nissan who's going to tell you this sales drop is still coming from Nissan 180, I officially say no.
You are still directly responsible for North America at Nissan. Will you be giving that up?
No. Sixty percent of the profits of Nissan are made here, and more than 40 percent of the profits of Renault are also made here, indirectly.
This is a very important market for the alliance.