• Mar 12, 2010
Rumors that Renault-Nissan may be interested in taking on a third head have popped once again, with the would-be merger candidate this time being General Motors. Huh, sounds familiar, doesn't it? In actuality, The Wall Street Journal is really just speculating on the possible effects of such a deal, and it's done so with all kinds of number crunching and colorful pie charts.

The lone quote from Renault-Nissan head Carlos Ghosn that seems to have sparked the article: "The name of the game is scale and co-investments and sharing technologies." That's a common thread from Ghosn and most recently stated at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month.

After reading through the article, it seems possible that such a merger could make sound business sense for the Franco-Japanese automaker for a couple of reasons. First is Ghosn's seemingly insatiable appetite for large-scale synergies. Second, the two automaker's sales footprints appear to be rather complimentary. Finally, Renault-Nissan has enough cash reserves and holdings on hand that it could afford to purchase a 10-percent stake in the American automaker when it hopefully goes public again in early 2011.

So, does any of this have an actual chance of happening? We have absolutely no idea, but that hardly seems to matter – we're always up for a little speculation when it comes to our favorite topic of conversation. As always, questions, comments and snide remarks can be left in "Comments." What say you? Does Renault-Nissan-General Motors have a nice ring to it?

[Source: The Wall Street Journal | Image: Raveendran/AFP/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      So you tell GM & (Penske) no dice on building Saturns because Saturn, a brand with relatively low market share, would impede on your American operations. But now you want stake in their remaining brands. Okay then, just clarifying.
      • 4 Years Ago
      oh hell no, why would Nissan want to get on a sinking ship.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone stick a cheeseburger in that picture. It's almost so perfect.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nissan wants a piece of GM to steal GM's technology. Pretty classic Japanese trade warfare here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Except it's a French company, that owns a Japanese company. It's called Renault-Nissan for a reason.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Once opon a time Diamler/Chrysler had a nice ring to it. We saw the train wreck that was for Chrysler.
      No thanks! Nissan/Renault.
      GM will be just fine without you.
      I have my fingers crossed and my doubts about Fiat and Chrysler.
      I love GM, Ford and Chrysler. Hope they all do well for our sake.
      Manufacturing and GNP does matter.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When companies get too big, nothing good can come from that. The Renault-Nissan partnership might be netting some pretty decent benefits, but I can not see them (or GM) benefiting from a 3-way partnership.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is definitely not human.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is Mr. Bean running a car company?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cause he's good at that, prolly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No, it does not! Renault-Nissan would be wise to avoid GM and stick to what they're doing now. If they want to expand, they should sell Renaults in North America.

      What could GM possible have to appeal to Renault/Nissan? They're doing great as they are, thanks to Carlos Ghosn. Keep it up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "What could GM possible have to appeal to Renault/Nissan? They're doing great as they are, thanks to Carlos Ghosn. Keep it up."

        The GMT900.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now that GM stockholders have been 100% stiffed and bondholders 90% stiffed, the government could sell its stake to the public and/or Renault-Nissan. Makes good business sense in many respects.

      GM is a much more viable company now that its redundant brands are gone. The main problem is the UAW.

      Ghosn & Co. needs a destructive union like it needs hemorrhoids.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just can't see it working for Renault/Nissan. The only place where GM would really benefit them is in South America (ironically, because Ghosn is from Brazil). Nissan is expanding market share- especially in BRIC countries, so maybe they will buy up some or share some of the production capacity from GM.

      But since the deal with Chrysler fell through, Nissan put money behind its truck platform- nothing big to gain from GM now. Maybe Nissan will buy up some of GM's partnerships. Nissan/Renault have equivalent to better technology for hybrid, electric, diesel, gasoline, transmission, etc., so there is little to gain there. I really think Nissan/Renault will concentrate on building up their current partnerships in China, Russia, India, etc. (where there is more market growth potential), rather than invest in struggling companies in developed markets.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No no no.
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