By on March 26, 2010

I’m running out of gratuitous tie-up pictures, so let’s celebrate the good news with a video: The Nikkei [sub] sends us the news that Nissan and Daimler “are in the final stages of negotiations to obtain stakes of less than 5 percent  in each other.” This comes on the heels of yesterday’s news that Daimler and Renault will exchange shares. With Nissan joining the couple, the tripartite axis will be perfect. No Italians this time.

The Nikkei found out that Renault Chairman Carlos Ghosn, who doubles as the president of Nissan, had a meeting with senior executives at Nissan’s headquarters in Yokohama yesterday, to brief them on the shibari talks with Daimler. The Nipponese Nissan-san  immediately wanted to be tied-in also.

“Various options are being discussed,” said a senior Nissan official to the Nikkei last night. Seeking independent confirmation, the Nikkei found another loose-lipped Nissan exec who said that “cross-held stakes of around 1-2 percent were being considered.”

A final agreement about the ménage à trois is expected by early April.

PS: Just in case you wanted to know,  the guy in the video says: “I made the decision to get married to you.” Cosplay makes you say these things.

Get the latest TTAC e-Newsletter!

6 Comments on “Renault, Nissan And Daimler To Be Tied-Up In Unholy Matrimony...”


  • avatar
    Cammy Corrigan

    I find that video deeply disturbing.

    If any bloke tried that with me, I’d panel them!

  • avatar
    FromBrazil

    And probably the Frenchies won’t allow the Germans to walk all over them like Chrysler did. Could something good come of this? Doubt it though. Too many cultural divides. Asking French and germans to work together is much harder than having Japs in the fray…Just saying.

    • 0 avatar

      Old cliches die hard. The French and the Germans have been buddy-buddies since Adenauer and de Gaulle. Cornerstones of the EU. Daimler has long experience working successfully with French companies under the French government umbrella. Remember Airbus and EADS?

    • 0 avatar
      FromBrazil

      Yeah, you’re right. I expressed myself badly. Your examples are proof positive that your right and that I was indeeed streriotyping. My bad. Let me try to clear up what I’m trying to say.

      What I really meant was that :

      1 – As that I’m favorable to choice and variation in cars, I think this kind of alliance (though economically sound) leads to the further homogeinization of cars. Not good in my book.

      2 – I think both the French and Germans are good to work with, thugh they have a strong tendency to become hard-headed or near-sighted when they deem it necessary. In other words, they play ball when they want, but will do what they think is necessary if a question of “national” interest comes up.

      Hope that what I’m saying above is clearer, more thoughtful and less streriotypical. Again sorry for that and thanks for calling me out on it.


Back to TopLeave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Subscribe without commenting

Recent Comments

  • Re: Supplier Believes Lightweight Steel Has A Place In Light-Duty Pickups

    pragmatic - I’m sure there were issues. Ford never seems to get it right out of the box but eventually it will work. My 2000...
  • Re: Volvo Will Only Appear At Three Major Auto Shows

    SCE to AUX - You make a good point. One nice feature of auto shows is no sales pressure. Maybe Volvo doesn’t want to scare people away before...
  • Re: Supplier Believes Lightweight Steel Has A Place In Light-Duty Pickups

    JMII - They added lightness!
  • Re: The Mustang Embargo Is Done

    krhodes1 - @SportyAccordy Ultimately, I think you are right that there will be more cross-shopping – heck I am looking forward to giving a new Mustang a go. But I very...
  • Re: A 21st Century 240D

    HerrKaLeun - Anyone claiming a smaller lower hp motor inherently will use more fuel should read a Thermodunamics book. Assuming everything else equal the larger motor under partial...
  • Re: The Mustang Embargo Is Done

    krhodes1 - @SportyAccordy As I have said on here for ages, BMW has LONG built cars for two sets of buyers. They have built cars like the base 5-series that are just luxobarges,...
  • Re: The Mustang Embargo Is Done

    krhodes1 - It’s not so much that they care whether the car is FWD or RWD, it is that the sort of ride/handling/steering that one expects in a luxury car is more difficult...
  • Re: Behold, The Leafamino

    petezeiss - I’m just fantasizing about rolling into my village’s yard waste dump with one of these. And of repeatedly doing that every week since I could only tote one 55...
  • Re: Even Volvo Buyers Don’t Buy Wagons

    akatsuki - You are being deliberately obtuse, and a bit of an ass too. The V60 was nowhere near the V70 in space or packaging. Most Volvo fans sucked it up and...
  • Re: The Volkswagen Eos Is Dead: Here’s Why

    akatsuki - It just made it too expensive for the segment, which was basically for people who couldn’t afford a BMW 3 convertible. They really needed to...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Staff

  • Contributing Writers

  • Jack Baruth, United States
  • Brendan McAleer, Canada
  • Marcelo De Vasconcellos, Brazil
  • Vojta Dobes, Czech Republic
  • Matthias Gasnier, Australia
  • W. Christian 'Mental' Ward, Abu Dhabi
  • Mark Stevenson, Canada
  • Cameron Aubernon, United States
  • J Emerson, United States