Multiple employees claim departments are being axed and staff dismissed in the wake of Carlos Ghosn’s arrest
19 June 2019

The partnership between Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi is falling apart in the wake of former CEO Carlos Ghosn’s arrest, according to numerous reports.

The Financial Times, claiming to have spoken to “multiple current and former employees”, reports that some departments set up to oversee the joint projects within the alliance are being wound down, with one insider claiming employees haven’t been given any new work in months. 

The report also claims that the ‘CEO office’ – set up to oversee day-to-day running of the Alliance with a number of executives – is being disbanded, with other departments including the commercial vehicle arm seeing staff dismissals. 

For some time, Ghosn, who has been charged with financial misconduct and is awaiting trial next year, sought for Renault and Nissan to merge and create one of the world’s largest car making groups.

He made a number of appointments and merged departments such as component purchasing, but since his arrest and dismissal from his roles the two firms’ management teams have drifted apart. The partnership was put under even more strain when Renault engaged in unsuccessful talks with FCA to merge.

Earlier this month Renault’s new chairman, Jean-Dominique Senard, wrote a letter threatening to block critical appointments at Nissan’s shareholders meeting next week. The relationship between the two companies has been imbalanced for years, with Nissans vehicle output much higher yet Renault exercising more control. 

In April, new leaders of the two firms – which have been joined at the hip since 1999 – as well as relative newcomer Mitsubishi, proposed less integration. To add fuel to the fire, the engineering partnership between the Alliance and Daimler could be ended under the German firm’s new CEO, Ola Källenius, as part of a cost cutting strategy. 

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19 June 2019

Oh boy I do hope it falls apart. As someone who has been a customer of Nissan and has friends who work with Nissan, they have significantly deteriorated in quality since the Renault alliance as well as been stifled in innovation. 

As an enthusiast I can't help but be hopeful for Nissan. You used to be cool! now all your sports cars are over 10 years old and you just churn out Jukes and Qashqais. Come back swinging Nissan! 

19 June 2019

The need to open up and supply a segment with mass-market product is what a company like Nissan does. It did this very successfully with the Juke and Qashqai and dominated the segment. I'm at a loss why you would criticize them for having saved themselves by doing so. Selling cars to enthusiasts (less than 0.01% of the market) isn't their job - profitability is.

19 June 2019

Does that now make them the 'rebel alliance'?

19 June 2019
Could be interesting....

19 June 2019
Rensult has been dragging them down for years.

19 June 2019

Not really. As the sedan market has cooled off. The waves of SUV 's have kept both companies profitable and the shared component and engineering with Mercedes-Benz on small cars has not hurt either.  The thought that they could make money building halo sports cars is laughable. Daily transportation for the masses is their bread and butter.

19 June 2019

The build quality and reliability of Nissans under the alliance with Renault have been rubbish (talking from personal experience here). Hopefully they separate and start using their own engines and running gear to make them the affordable alternative to Toyota / Honda like they once were (I don't include Mazda in that company as I've had terrible experiences with their cars too). 

19 June 2019

What rubbish, Nissans sales and reliability before Renault was dire, thats why the company was so close to Bankruptcy that if Renault had not stepped in when they did, Nissan would have closed less than a month later, and that is a fact, Renault makes more profit than Nissan and invests more in joint products, Nissan has the ability and wherewithall to build what they want, they do not need permission from Renault, they are an alliance, not a corporate entity, so for some to moan that the Sports cars (which are not selling and never did) are 10 years old, well, thats all down to Nissan, Renault Has spent a vast fortune on the Alliances SUV's so for anyone to moan about Jukes and Cashcows, grow up, they are the cars that are selling these days, so they either build them or go bust again.I believe Renault would be far better off with No Nissan or Mitsubishi, but with Mercedes and or FCA, they are a better fit, and more open and honest, the Japanese brands are so sly and sneaky it is unbelieveable, the fact that they have plotted for five years to shift out Ghosn, when it was him that saved the entire Alliance.

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