Can Ghosn See Ford In His Future?

Posted by: David Kiley on May 24, 2006

The profile of Carlos Ghosn in the May 22 issue of Forbes had an interesting tidbit. [No, I don’t mind plugging the competition, especially when it’s a good piece of work]. Asked by reporter Joann Muller (formerly of BusinessWeek), “Do you see the day where you could expand the Renault-Nissan alliance to include a North American company?” Ghosn responded, “Why not? There was more blather to the answer, but that’s the key part of the response.

I don’t see Ghosn being interested in tying up with General Motors, nor do I see GM wanting to turn over control to Ghosn. But Ford? We know Bill Ford already tried to hire Ghosn.

If Ford stock remains tanked under $10 for a long time, and Bill Ford gets increasingly antsy to give up the CEO job and step back as non-exec chairman (what time is it?)a tie-up with Renault-Nissan after Ford goes through the next UAW negotiations presents an interesting and compelling scenario. It would all be a mess to rationalize, but it would be a good story to cover.

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Reader Comments

Dorsey Evans

June 27, 2006 03:44 PM

Ford is making money outside the U.S. and I think that Ford would buy Fiat-Nissian rather than they buy into Ford. Don't let anyone kid you. Ford is American owned and will stay that way.If the people in this country would just wake up and realize who they are helping and who is getting screwed, by their buying Japanise autos. Thank You D. Evans

DONOTKNOW99

October 24, 2006 11:57 PM

There is no way Ghosn will play second fiddle to Bill Ford or Alan Mulally. When the Renault-Nissan alliance includes a North American company, Ghosn will be in control. Ford might end up in bankruptcy, if so Ghosn could cherry pick some assets.

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