LOS ANGELES — Mitsubishi Motors North America CEO Fred Diaz said in May that he was looking forward to the benefits of being in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, including shared technologies and platforms across the brands.
Then a shockwave rippled through the vast global alliance last month when Chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested in Japan and dismissed for alleged financial improprieties.
It was Ghosn who crafted the bicontinental partnership that rose to contend with Volkswagen Group as the world's biggest vehicle producer, and who fused the companies in ways that would make it hard to separate them. His arrest cast a cloud of uncertainty over the alliance's leadership structure and how it will function going forward.
Not to worry, says Diaz to current and potential Mitsubishi dealers. Before the Ghosn turmoil, Diaz said he had his eyes set on leveraging the shared platforms to bolster the Mitsubishi lineup. And he still does.