Nissan-Renault deal on alliance could come as early as February 1, report says

Nissan-Renault deal on alliance could come as early as February 1, report says

Automotive News Europe — 2023-01-19

Automotive Industry

A deal between Renault and Nissan could be announced as early as February 1 as months of negotiations on how to reshape their alliance progress, a source familiar with the matter said.

The deal would see Renault cut its stake in Nissan to 15%, equalizing the automakers' holdings in each other, sources previously told Reuters.

The two automakers had readied plans to announce a restructured tie-up last month but failed to reach terms. They have been in intensive negotiations since October, when Renault CEO Luca de Meo went to Japan to meet Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida.

Renault has consistently declined to comment publicly about the timing of a possible deal announcement. Nissan representatives in Europe did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Renault is looking for Nissan to invest in an electric-vehicle business it will carve out of its operations, while Nissan wants Renault to sell most its roughly 43% stake in Nissan to put the 23-year alliance on a more equal footing.

One complicating issue has been Nissan’s concern about the treatment of intellectual property, including EV, hybrid and autonomous driving related technology, that it sees as key to its own future competitiveness, people involved in the discussions have said.

Renault provided proposals intended to address those concerns, which were given the green-light by a Nissan board committee on Monday, Reuters has reported.

The potential deal will be examined again by an alliance board meeting on January 26 in Japan, which could be attended by de Meo and Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard, the source said.

An agreement would then have to be approved by the boards of the two automakers during meetings yet to be scheduled. If both agree, a formal announcement could come after de Meo makes his first outing as the new chairman of the European automakers association in Brussels on January 31, the source added.

The timetable could change, but both companies would prefer to make a formal announcement before the release of their annual results, scheduled for February 9 for Nissan and February 16 for Renault, the source said on Thursday.