TOKYO -- Renault and Nissan have agreed to form a new company focused on research and development of advanced automotive technologies, Kyodo News said.
The alliance partners, together with junior partner Mitsubishi Motors, will announce a concrete plan in January, Kyodo reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the matter.
The partners have appointed French-Lebanese engineer Hadi Zablit as the alliance's general secretary to boost cooperation and reboot joint operations, French media reports said.
Zablit, 49, is currently the alliance's business development chief responsible for the development of Common Module Family A-segment platform, new technologies partnerships, mobility services and product planning synchronization.
A new leadership team was installed at Nissan from Sunday, headed by 53-year-old Makoto Uchida, who ran the automaker's China business.
Renault is also looking for a new chief executive, with the head of finance, Clotilde Delbos, in charge on an interim basis.
Relationships in the alliance frayed following the arrest and ouster of former alliance leader Carlos Ghosn who was arrested a year ago in Tokyo on charges of financial misconduct, which he denies.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report