During a conference in Japan last week, Carlos Ghosn mentioned once again that he would be interested in finding a North American partner to join Renault and Nissan.
Last week, a court in Europe ruled that a German law that shields Volkswagen from a takeover and protects the interests of a local government is illegal. Porsche is now poised to control VW.
Last week, the members of the UAW were giving both the UAW and Chrysler fits.
And the Chinese don't see anything wrong with copying other companies' vehicles.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Today, fewer auto company CEOs can be described as car executives than perhaps ever before. The industry is being run by business executives, which may or may not be a good thing. There is more interest in financial performance. The risks are higher, and so are the rewards.
The Chinese are talking about going to the moon. They also are setting their economic sights on being a significant part of the global automobile industry.
And through it all, the company that prospers will be the company that has the products consumers want.
It would be incorrect to say the automobile industry is in chaos. But a hundred years ago in North America, there were all sorts of automotive mergers and alliances. It seems history is eager to repeat itself on a global stage.
The world's automakers still have a huge amount of overcapacity. Sometimes it's on the wrong continent or in the wrong country. Sometimes, and far more likely, it's with the wrong company. Once production capacity is in place, a company doesn't like to acknowledge that it doesn't need so many plants.
Whether there will be continued consolidation of brands under one company remains to be seen. When you look at the multitude of brands that a General Motors or a Volkswagen markets, it becomes obvious that strong forces believe that is the proper way to go.
Others, such as BMW, seem to have satisfied their thirst for expansion with some expensive missteps and now seem content to remain with the brands they own today — unless someone comes along with an irresistible offer.
It isn't often that brands like Jaguar and Land Rover become available on the world market. I'm sure that the pros and cons of an acquisition are being discussed in many boardrooms.
It's a busy place, this automobile industry. With people and brands and strategy, it never, ever gets dull.