YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Nissan Motor Co. CEO Carlos Ghosn, aiming to grab 10 percent of the U.S. market, is already looking past Honda Motor Co. to the next rival in his quest to conquest share.
In his sights is Toyota Motor Corp. Ghosn said Nissan will be "closing the gap" with the world's No. 1 carmaker by 2020.
This month's reshuffle of Nissan's U.S. management team will propel the company to its 10 percent market share goal over the next 15 months and set the stage for further growth, Ghosn said.
Along the way, the combined share of Nissan and Infiniti should eclipse that of Honda and Acura. And by 2020, Nissan North America's slice of the regional market should be more than 10 percent and zeroing in on Toyota, Lexus and Scion, Ghosn said.
"In North America, we should be above 10 percent market share, going toward closing the gap with Toyota," Ghosn said of his 2020 vision during a media roundtable at global headquarters here.
Ghosn's heightened hopes come as the combined Nissan and Infiniti market share has stalled at 8.5 percent despite 12 months of new model launches and aggressive marketing.
But the results still beat those of its key rivals. Through November, American Honda's share slipped to 9.1 percent from 9.3 percent a year earlier, while Toyota Motor Sales' share dipped to 14.3 percent from 14.4 percent.
Nissan's U.S. standing compared with its big Japan rivals has long been a sore point. Nissan outsells Honda, for instance, in every market except two: Japan and the U.S.