The two companies have been in an alliance for almost 20 years, but could now begin operating as one entity
The two firms formed an alliance in 1999, and describe it as a “buffer to protect its partners during regional downturns”.
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However, the groups are now in discussions about a possible merger that would create a single new company, trading as one stock, according to Bloomberg, which also reported that Carlos Ghosn, the chairman of both companies, is driving the negotiations and would run the combined entity.
Earlier this year, Reuters reported that Nissan was in talks to buy the bulk of the French government’s stake in Renault. The Renault-Nissan alliance said at the time that it was “pure speculation.”
At the moment, Renault owns 43 per cent of Nissan while the Japanese group has a 15 per cent stake in the French firm.
A spokesperson for the Alliance said it does not comment on "rumors and speculation".