Thursday, December 20, 2007

Nissan and Chrysler Discussing a Pact

The Nissan Motor Company, Japan’s third-largest carmaker, is in talks with Chrysler on a possible manufacturing agreement, the chief executive of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, said on Wednesday.

“There have been talks between Nissan and Chrysler,” Mr. Ghosn said. The meetings have been a discussion about original-equipment manufacturing, “not talks for an alliance accord,” he said.

Mr. Ghosn confirmed the talks after reports last week that Nissan and Chrysler, the third-largest American carmaker, may share technology to develop pickups, small cars and engines.

A Chrysler spokeswoman, Lori McTavish, declined to comment.

Chrysler and Nissan executives have said they are seeking alliances and partnerships to pare manufacturing costs and expand.

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