Fresh rumors Friday suggest that disappointing progress in Renault-Nissan's talks with General Motors may be shifting attention to a Ford-Renault-Nissan linkup... again.
According to people familiar with the GM talks, not only does it look unlikely that Renault and Nissan will take an equity stake in GM, but the two sides also have been unable to agree on joint purchasing and vehicle development (see our post Thursday). When the talks opened in July, GM CEO Rick Wagoner and Renault-Nissan's Ghosn said the talks exploring an alliance would wrap up in mid-October.

If nothing else, the GM talks have demonstrated Renault-Nissan's willingness to take on a third partner, so perhaps Ghosn is getting ready to take Bill Ford up on his offer to discuss a partnership if the GM talks fail.

[Source: Bloomberg]

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