Separating the Renault-Nissan twins will be bloody

Ghosn may be out but French and Japanese national interests complicate matters

If you depose a king, you'd best have a plan for what to do in the aftermath. That is the challenge confronting Nissan Motor CEO Hiroto Saikawa after the remarkable palace coup in which chairman Carlos Ghosn was dethroned after almost two decades bestriding the global auto industry.

The man widely seen as indispensable to the collective functioning of Nissan's alliance with Renault SA and Mitsubishi Motors Corp has been detained on suspicion of breaching Japan's financial laws.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 21, 2018, with the headline 'Separating the Renault-Nissan twins will be bloody'. Print Edition | Subscribe