With the launch of the Leaf last December, Nissan grabbed pole position in the race to develop all-electric vehicles for the mass consumer market. Leaf sales have been puny so far, but Brazilian-born automotive superstar Ghosn has several other all-electric models in the works at Nissan and its alliance partner Renault, which he also runs. Nissan posted strong results this year, boosting sales by 9.3% and profits by 79.7%. That's an impressive feat given the earthquake and tsunami in Japan last March, which seriously disrupted Nissan's supply chain.
He rescued the coffee chain. It had record financial results this year. Now the CEO is on a campaign to save the country from its politicians. Here's how he blends capitalism and activism.
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