The meeting is over. General Motors, Renault and Nissan have had their meeting, and now it is quiet time.
Although there is sure to be speculation and conjecture over the next few months, it's time for the parties involved to get about the business of evaluating the merits of any sort of alliance and whether they should continue talking.
Then it will head into round two, which would take some additional time. It shouldn't be distracting because few people will be involved with these discussions.
The process will have to go further and deeper before there are specific discussions with folks from the companies.
Someone said the proper way would be for an independent member of GM's board to have two groups study the opportunity. One group would look for all the negatives from a potential alliance, and the other group would look for all the positives. Of course, only one group is doing the study, and it isn't led by an independent member of the board.
But the key to the revitalization of any car company is introducing products and increasing sales.
When Renault formed an alliance with Nissan, Nissan continued to spend massive amounts on new products. So much of the improvement at Nissan can be credited to increased sales of new products.
If GM is going to achieve a true financial revitalization, it must introduce lots of automobiles with that "must have'' quotient.
The deterioration in the Middle East can't bode well for either GM or Ford. With such a high percentage of their sales based on trucks, big increases in gasoline prices will make their fortunes that much more difficult.
No one knows what will happen with the discussions concerning a GM alliance with Renault and Nissan, just as no one knows what will happen in the Middle East. But if gasoline prices continue to rise, it could change the reality of the discussions.
It's going to take a few months to sort out the proposed alliance, and hopefully the Middle East will be working toward peace at the same time.