Tomorrow in Paris, the man that still leads the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, will unveil the broad strategic plan for the coming years. Ghosn already revealed that the most important part of this new strategy will be about integration and synergy.
Synergy not only helps to reduce costs, it also allows better use of resources in developing disruptive technologies that can be shared among the partners. By sharing a platform and other components, the Alliance can finally make electric cars that are really affordable.
While Renault and Nissan are already getting some benefits from a mild synergistic approach with the production of the Renault Zoe, Renault Clio and Nissan Micra at the same Flins Renault factory in France, the same isn’t true for Mitsubishi.
Ghosn recognizes a problem in Mitsubishi being present in Asia but without good cars to offer, while Renault has desirable cars but is absent from many important markets. To solve this problem Nissan and Mitsubishi will probably rebadge some of Renault cars and sell them abroad.
Anyways, tomorrow Carlos Ghosn will let us know what’s coming, nevertheless, each carmaker that belongs to the Alliance is expected to reveal its unique strategy next month. Soon we’ll see if the Alliance is serious about regaining the electric mobility leadership, or it’ll let Tesla to lead alone. I’m confident that Ghosn still believes that the future of mobility is zero emission and zero fatality.
What do you think? Will the Alliance take advantage of the fact that most legacy automakers are busy showing us vaporware to leapfrog them once again and for good?