Since the arrest of former CEO Carlos Ghosn last year, cooperation between the two automakers has reportedly hit an all-time low.
Departments overseeing cooperation between Nissan and Renault are reportedly losing staff, or have nothing to do.
Sources have told the Financial Times the departments within the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance overseeing cooperation and joint functions are either being axed completely, or have gone without work assignments for months.
The alliance departments overseeing sales and marketing, communications, and light commercial vehicles are said to be shrinking and dismissing staff.
The “CEO Office”, which oversees the alliance and includes executives from the three automakers, has reportedly been closed.
Some functions, such as component procurement, have been merged for a long time. Others, such as manufacturing and after sales, were only brought under control of the alliance in the months leading up to Ghosn’s arrest in November last year.
These moves were part of his attempt to make the alliance “irreversible”. Commonly accepted wisdom is Ghosn was the glue which held the alliance together and, as one insider put it, cooperation between the automakers was “dependent on goodwill”.
This asset seems to be in short supply at the moment.
The latest management structure for the alliance, announced in March this year, is said to be more focussed on joint projects and building consensus rather integrating functions from all three automakers.
Neither side has commented on the record about this latest report.
The most recent public spat between the French and Japanese automakers occurred when Renault effectively vetoed proposed changes to Nissan’s governance structure as the French automaker wanted to have seats on Nissan’s new oversight committees.