If nothing else, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn dreams big. In the last 12 months he brought to market both the world's first all-electric mass-market car and the world's first convertible crossover. Earlier this week he unveiled his six-year plan for the company and it's big. Real big.

Coming on the heels of a natural disaster that caused significant disruptions to Japanese manufacturing, Nissan describes its new Power 88 road map as Running to 2016. The Power 88 plan is made up of two pillars: to increase global market share to 8% and achieve an 8% operating margin in the process. How, you ask? By focusing on emerging market growth and an aggressive product schedule.

Unlike General Motors (NYSE: GM), which blazed a trail into the Middle Kingdom to the tune of a 14% market share, Nissan has struggled to find traction the Chinese market. It clocks in at 5.9%. The goal is to nearly double that, to 10%, while at the same time increasing its market share in Brazil by almost fivefold, to 5%. To kick-start the Brazilian effort, the company plans to build a new 200,000-unit factory in the country. The up-market Infiniti brand will also be a key part of the expansion, increasing from 150,000 to 500,000 units sold worldwide by 2016. That's all well and good, but I'm skeptical of Nissan's ability to go from 4.1 million vehicles sold in 2010 to an estimated 7.6 million in 2016.

Nissan aims to achieve this through an aggressive product schedule that calls for an "all new vehicle" debuting roughly every six weeks, culminating in 66 total vehicles. To put that in perspective, Ford (NYSE: F) only lists four new models "coming soon" on its website between now and spring of next year (and 23 noncommercial vehicles). It's not quite that bad, since a significant chunk of Nissan's portfolio isn't sold in North America, and I have to assume that "all new" vehicles will also include variations like convertibles and hybrid models. Even so, that is still an incredible amount of new product and will likely put a strain on the company. It is no surprise that Ghosn also announced there would be no share buybacks anytime soon.

One other key tidbit from the plan: Nissan plans, in conjunction with partner Renault, to move 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2016. For a company like Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA), that has to be both exciting and frightening. Exciting, because the annual 20,000 Model S sedan sales needed to reach profitability is just a drop in the bucket, but frightening because it shows the commitment of the major players to stake a claim on the electric vehicle market. Combine that with Ford's continued electrification and Toyota's (NYSE: TM) expanding Prius line, and you are quickly going to have a hypercompetitive segment.

Personally, I prefer the story of Hyundai, which is growing sales dramatically by providing excellent vehicles at cheaper prices in some of the toughest segments of the market. Ghosn's newest high-profile idea has serious hurdles to leap before we are all applauding his vision. Still, even if Nissan misses its moonshot, making significant progress toward its goals should grant it a place among the stars.

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