They aren't selling like iPads or Hunger Games tickets, but global auto sales are enjoying a nice run. They have grown 18% since 2005 to more than 75 million cars and trucks, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch is expecting the industry to tack on another 3.9% increase this year.
The first quarter of 2011 has been quite a tumult for Carlos Ghosn, chief executive officer of Renault AG and Nissan Motor Co. In Paris he is mired in a faux spy scandal. In Japan he is trying to get Nissan's operations back on track after the damage and dislocation caused by the March 11 earthquake.
The joint announcement Wednesday by Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault-Nissan that the three companies will cooperate on various technology and product initiatives opens the door to a whole new chapter in the history of the auto industry.
Carlos Ghosn -- in shirtsleeves -- walks briskly into a conference room on the 21st floor of Nissan's global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. Awaiting his arrival are 15 executives in two ranks of chairs. Subject of the meeting: how to spread the news about Ghosn's pet electric-car project.
When Renault unleashed its Formula 1 race cars and drivers on the hallowed ground of New Delhi's Rajpath boulevard last Sunday afternoon (November 9) for a display of Grand Prix razzle-dazzle, the car-loving fans in the Indian capital went wild.
Police divers searching a river Thursday pulled out a red duffel bag holding a small skull, bones and clothes they said probably was the body of a 4-year-old French girl believed killed by her mother's lover -- the child's grandfather
General Motors' directors let it be known last week that they are closely watching deteriorating conditions at the automaker. They gave CEO Rick Wagoner a vote of confidence and publicly disclosed that they are monitoring the company's performance on a week-to-week basis.
Fortune senior editor Alex Taylor, in a recent MotorWorld column, took General Motors to task for failing to strike an alliance with Renault-Nissan in 2006. Taylor wrote that, despite potential savings of $10 billion annually, the proposed deal would have disrupted GM's corporate culture and the company vetoed it. You can read the column here. GM initially declined comment for the story. Since its publication, Steve Harris, GM's vice president of global communications, has submitted the following response:
General Motors announced a shocking $10 billion annual loss early in the year, and just so it wouldn't be lonely, Ford and Chrysler came along with their own billion dollar losses later on. Delphi, the bankrupt parts supplier, found some of its former top executives under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for cooking the books. And Toyota decided the Scion was too popular and put a lid on sales.
Jerry York, the adviser to Kirk Kerkorian who is seen as speaking for General Motors's largest individual shareholder, resigned from GM's board Friday, saying the world's No. 1 automaker has not done enough to change its competitive position and criticizing the board room's "environment."
That the talks to create an alliance between General Motors and Nissan-Renault have collapsed is not surprising. For the past week, GM has been publicly demanding billions of dollars in compensation from Nissan-Renault to equalize the terms of the deal. And Nissan-Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has been just as forcefully denouncing the financial demands as absurd and unseemly.
Kirk Kerkorian, already the largest individual shareholder of General Motors, is interested in buying up to 12 million additional shares, or another 2 percent or so, of the world's largest automaker, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. GM shares hit a 52-week high on the news
Carlos Ghosn was expected to tell General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner that GM could save at least $10 billion a year by entering into an alliance with the two automakers Ghosn heads, Renault and Nissan Motor, according to a published report.
General Motors Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner and Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of both Nissan and Renault, are due to meet in Paris this week as the deadline for the companies to decide whether to pursue an alliance grows near.
Stocks could open lower Monday on continued Middle East tensions, but an Israeli television report that the country could wrap up its attacks on Hezbollah militants within days had oil significantly lower and stock futures off of earlier lows..
There are considerable risks to General Motors and CEO Rick Wagoner after his Friday meeting with Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of both Nissan and Renault, even though Ghosn is now on record saying he doesn't want Wagoner's job.
Carlos Ghosn circumnavigates the planet in his Gulfstream 550 once a month. He typically spends two weeks in Paris, ten days in Tokyo, and what's left of his time in the U.S. and the rest of the world.
TOKYO -(Dow Jones)- Nissan Motor Co. (7201.TO), announcing record earnings for its fiscal year ended March 31, disclosed an ambitious new three-year plan that seeks to boost growth while establishing Nissan as one of the world's most financially disciplined car producers.