Ghosn still on the hunt for a strategic partner for Renault/Nissan

Carlos Ghosn, Renault/Nissan CEO said that he is still looking for another strategic partner to cut costs on global technology and vehicle costs. Speaking at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Ghosn said that he still wants to expand the Renault/Nissan alliance and pursue partnerships.

General Motors turned down a deal more than three years ago and Chrysler canceled its vehicle-sharing deals after it partnered up with Fiat SpA.

“Obviously, we are talking to many people. The name of the game is scale, co-investment and shared technologies. There are a lot of talks. You would be surprised how many people we are talking to about specific cooperations,” Ghosn said. He declined to name potential technology partners.

Rumors say that Ghosn is currently talking to Daimler AG on the next Smart Car. It was reported last week that both companies struck a deal to produce the next Smart for 2014.

– By: Stephen Calogera

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