Ghosn was appointed to oversee the revival of Nissan in 1999, after Renault acquired a 38 per cent stake - which this year increased to 44 per cent. Nissan had reported losses in seven of the eight previous years, but returned to profitability in 2000 and for the first half of last year posted record operating profits of $1.56bn (£1.06bn).
Meanwhile, Renault dealers in the UK will next year have an opportunity to retail the Renault Sport Megane, as the company extends its high-performance model programme.
The car, due to debut at the Paris motor show in September, is part of a strategy which will increasingly exploit links to the F1 racing programme. The three-door Renault Sport Megane will feature a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, turning out well in excess of 200bhp and capable of 140mph.