Ghosn: charges a 'plot' by Nissan execs to halt Renault merger

Ghosn: charges a 'plot' by Nissan execs to halt Renault merger

In the interview, he said he has "no doubt" the charges against him - which Nissan says result from a whistleblower operation - were due to "plot and treason" by Nissan executives opposed to plans he was developing to further integrate Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi. The proposed merger was discussed with Nissan Chief Executive Officer Hiroto Saikawa in September, he said.

Following Ghosn's arrest, France also informed Tokyo of an intention to press ahead with integration. His detention after stepping off a plane at Tokyo's Haneda airport jolted the world's biggest auto alliance, raising questions about whether the decades-long partnership will survive his downfall.

"People translated strong leadership to dictator, to distort reality", he told the Nikkei. "I will defend (myself)", according to the Nikkei.

"The sole cause of this chain of events is the misconduct led by Ghosn and Kelly", company spokesman Nicholas Maxfield said. On Wednesday, a spokesman said that the company was unable to comment on Ghosn's legal defence. The automaker has been indicted in Japan for misreporting Ghosn's pay, and it also faces an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The French-Brazilian businessman also denied accusations that his tenure at Nissan had been a "dictatorship". Nissan has said its cooperating fully with the inquiry.

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Ghosn was its lynchpin of the alliance formed by the three automakers and led a variety of joint operations under the partnership. "These are known by everybody, why didn't they tell me?" Nissan, which sells more vehicles than Renault, only has a 15% non-voting stake in the French company.

In turn, Renault, backed by the French government, has been attempting to thwart any diminishment of its influence.

Alliance executives will meet this week in Amsterdam, where the company that manages the carmakers' partnership is based, people familiar with the matter said. He told the Nikkei the characterization was "a distortion of reality".

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has beaten out Volkswagen Group and Toyota Motor Company for the 2018 passenger vehicle sales crown, with a total of 10.76 million sales worldwide. While Renault named Michelin CEO Jean-Dominique Senard as its chairman last week, Nissan has yet to name a replacement for Ghosn. The homes were no secret and if they had been a problem, he should have been consulted, Ghosn said.

The newspaper said Ghosn did not appear exhausted or flustered and when asked about his health, he said he was "doing fine". His wife criticized his treatment and said he lost weight in jail. Mitsubishi reported an 18 percent rise in sales to 1.22 million units while Renault sold 3.88 million units, up 3.2 percent on the year. Toyota Motor Corp. says it sold 10.59 million vehicles globally previous year, fewer than the 10.83 million delivered by German rival Volkswagen AG.

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