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Nissan's new chief executive inherits bitter, divided company

Alliance with Renault is no less strained than when Carlos Ghosn was in charge

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Divorce may be temporarily cathartic, but regrets and misgivings often follow.   © Reuters

The announcement, coming up on a year since the arrest and ouster of Carlos Ghosn, Nissan's chairman, that the "New Nissan" would be managed by three executives, each with differing perspectives and loyalties on bitter divisions roiling the auto group, is a suspension of those hostilities -- but one without any clear shared vision for reconstruction and reconciliation.

The opening shot had been Ghosn's plan to merge Renault, Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors, already in an alliance secured by cross-shareholdings, under a Dutch holding company to be controlled by Renault.

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