Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Ford Gives Nissan An Alliance Option

August 23, 2006

It has been reported that Ford Motor Company has let it be known that they have an interest in creating an alliance with Renault/Nissan should their discussions with GM not bring an alliance with GM to fruition.

Ford is an exclusive satellite radio partner of Sirius. GM is an exclusive satellite radio partner of XM. Nissan currently offers both satellite radio services via port and dealer installs, and has a factory install program slated to begin with XM for the 2008 model year.

Interestingly, this news gives Carlos Ghosen some options and leverage in his discussions with GM. Will any other potential suitors throw their hat into the ring? Only time will tell.

Ford reportedly expresses interest in Nissan-Renault tie-up

By Steve Goldstein
Last Update: 6:07 AM ET Aug 23, 2006

LONDON (MarketWatch) --

"Bill Ford Jr., head of Ford Motor Company, reportedly called Carlos Ghosn, the chief executive of Renault and Nissan, and said Ford was interested in joining the Renault-Nissan alliance if talks with General Motors don't work out......."

Interested SSG readers can get the whole story HERE via Marketwatch

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