Asked at the New York auto show in April what advice he has for management at struggling General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co., Renault SA-Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. CEO Carlos Ghosn fires off a quick response. “None,” he says. Sent on a rescue mission from Renault to Nissan in 1999, Ghosn says he “fortunately” didn’t follow any outside advice himself, mainly because it came from people lacking intimate knowledge of Nissan’s staggering problems. “That’s why I don’t think anybody – myself ...

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