Carlos Ghosn has been on bail since April, charged with financial misconduct which he denies. He spent over 120 days in detention but was allowed out under strict bail condition (a $9 million bond paid as part of that) and was expected to face trial in April 2020. He was under surveillance by authorities while awaiting his court case.
Interestingly, the Japanese Minister of State for Foreign Affairs had visited Beirut recently, meeting with the Lebanese president and foreign minister. That may be irrelevant but I it may also be a pivotal point in how suddenly Mr Ghosn was able to leave the country without any apparent incident. Carlos Ghosn arrived in Beirut from Turkey but details of how he was able to leave Tokyo remain unclear.
I find it strange how this all happened. Was a deal struck that enabled this to take place? The case was shining a light on the Japanese judicial system and compared to Western standards, it raised questions on the way an accused is treated. As the investigation proceeded, the corporate dealings of Nissan were being highlighted.
Maybe it was best that this matter be put to rest by allowing his departure. My call at this early stage is that some sort of deal was struck but it could have been a clever plan too. I like to say that time will tell but we may never find out the real reason(s).
31 December 2019
30 December 2019
28 December 2019
The data below is not from Jaguar but is the closest that I can get to the true amount. It would be fair to say it is close to the official figures. The vehicle range is assembled in three countries, the UK (53%), Austria (31%) and China (16%). Global sales are added for comparison.
China now makes about the same number of XE/XF as the UK does, which shows that the traditional car is still quite popular in that nation. The F-Type is doing well enough and the XJ is in run out mode. It will be interesting to see what replaces it.
26 December 2019
The data below is not from LR so is the closest that I can get to the true amount. It would be fair to say it isn't that far off the mark. The vehicle range is assembled in three countries, the UK (89%), China (10%) and Brazil (1%). Global sales are added for comparison.
The two largest models in terms of volume for 2018 dropped by some margin as they were both in need of a new model/make over, which they both got during 2019. 2020 should reveal the benefit in full. The RR Sport and Range Rover have a consistency of sales that any company would love to have. The Discovery is a fine vehicle but the latest model is under performing.
All of the models were made in the UK but that will change with the plant in Slovakia coming on line. The Discovery and new Defender will be assembled at that facility, but not the UK. The Discovery Sport and Evoque are made in all three countries.