A new book on Carlos Ghosn, Collision Course: Carlos Ghosn and the Culture Wars That Upended an Auto Empire, will be published on June 22. It is co-written by Asia Editor Hans Greimel, who has covered Ghosn since joining Automotive News in 2007.
This first of two excerpts focuses on the immediate aftermath of Ghosn's arrest on Nov. 19, 2018. Chaos and confusion reigned at Nissan and Renault, both led by the jailed celebrity executive. The man tasked with relaying just exactly what had happened to the French side was Philippe Klein, a high-ranking French executive at Nissan. This portion of Chapter 10, "Makings of a Conspiracy," describes the fog of competing narratives in those early days and details how Klein broke the news amid spiraling suspicions in France about a Japanese corporate coup to take out the alliance's boss.