NEW YORK — Carlos Ghosn wants Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi to sell a combined 14 million vehicles a year by the end of 2022, and to get there, he says, the alliance will need a lot of help from suppliers.
Ghosn, CEO of the alliance, says the coming wave of technology changes means engineers inside the three automakers will have to embrace outside solutions.
"The difficulty of the task right now is that we're in an era when most of the parts and technologies we need do not exist yet," Ghosn told Automotive News this month at the alliance's offices here.
"Because of the huge amount of new technology coming, the r&d costs are going to go up. We need to converge and have common platforms. And we need to have a much more serious conversation about what work should be done outside the company."
Ghosn, 63, stepped down in April as CEO of Nissan to focus, as alliance CEO, on the job of bringing Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi closer together with shared platforms and powertrains. He also is pursuing a unified approach to areas such as low-cost electric vehicles, robotaxis and connectivity.
That convergence is certain to have an impact on the three automakers' global supply chains, Ghosn acknowledges. Merging a European Renault platform with a Japanese or U.S. Nissan platform invariably means a lower overall head count of suppliers.
"There will be people gaining and people declining," Ghosn said. "We will choose and make selections, but it will be based on performance."