A Nissan Motor spokesman confirmed Thursday that Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan and Renault, wants discussions of an alliance with General Motors to continue despite news that GM and Ford Motor execs have discussed a similar alliance between the two Detroit automakers.

Meanwhile, The Detroit News reported Thursday that the GM-Renault-Nissan talks are bogging down over disagreements on parts purchasing - an area where Ghosn believes an alliance of the automakers could save up to $5 billion a year. While the Renault-Nissan team wants to look at the full spectrum of purchasing costs across all three companies, reportedly the GM team wants to limit the investigation to only a few vehicles and a small number of parts.

[Sources: Automotive News (registration required), The Detroit News]

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