At a press conference announcing new cooperation between Nissan and Mitsubishi, Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn presented the tie-up as a far-sighted move that will help both sides prosper. The Renault/Nissan boss explained
In the global auto industry, cooperation on specific projects among automakers is becoming increasingly common. It is a signal of how our industry is evolving to sustain success over the long term
But if his words were saying “cooperation,” Ghosn’s body language said “I’m hungry and your company looks bite-sized.”
Though this latest agreement was limited to overseas cooperation, with Nissan providing a van for the Japanese market and Mitsu sharing an SUV for the Middle East, Ghosn apparently couldn’t help but eye up Mitsubishi’s Osamu Masuko like he was drenched in A1 sauce. Nissan and Mitsubishi also recently agreed to share EV charging networks, and both CEOs said they would look for future opportunities to work together. But with Mitsubishi throwing together a new business plan by the end of this month, Ghosn must be smelling blood in the water. And from the looks of these pictures from the press conference, he looks like he’s about to strike.