TOKYO -- Carlos Ghosn remains committed to exploring an alliance with General Motors, despite revelations that GM executives discussed a similar alliance with Ford Motor Co.
On Monday, Sept. 18, Automotive News disclosed that GM CFO Fritz Henderson had discussed a possible alliance with Ford CFO Don Leclair. Sources told Automotive News that the two companies are not currently pursuing those negotiations.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Ghosn, CEO of Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA, confirmed today that Ghosn still wants to press ahead with his negotiations. Nissan spokesman Simon Sproule says talks involving GM, Nissan and Renault are continuing.
The three companies' study teams that are exploring the benefits and costs of an alliance continue to do their work, Sproule says.
He declined to comment on a report today in The Detroit News of disputes between the study teams representing GM and Nissan-Renault.
The newspaper says GM limited its study of the potential savings to be achieved by a joint purchasing operation to a small number of vehicles and parts. The Renault and Nissan teams wanted to consider potential savings for a much broader range of parts and materials.
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