Carlos Ghosn said on Tuesday he will fight "to the end" in a $1 billion lawsuit the former Nissan chairman has brought against the Japanese carmaker, marking his first such challenge.

Ghosn's lawsuit, which he filed in Lebanon and a copy of which was seen by Reuters, includes allegations of defamation, slander, libel and the fabrication of material evidence by Nissan as well as 12 individuals and two other firms.

A Nissan spokesperson said it will not be commenting.