Nissan, Renault restructuring for Fiat merger

Nissan and Renault are considering changes to their partnership in order to reinvigorate merger negotiations with US-Italian automaker Fiat Chrysler, US media reported on Friday.

Negotiations for a tie-up between Renault and Fiat Chrysler (FCA) collapsed in June, with Renault’s chairman blaming the French government for blocking a vote on the deal that would have upended the global automotive industry and created the world’s third-largest automaker, reports agency. The French government has denied the allegation, while Nissan has characterized its relationship with Renault as unequal and said the French automaker kept it in the dark over its merger plans with FCA.

Citing emails and sources close to the companies, The Wall Street Journal reported that Nissan is now asking Renault to reduce its 43 percent stake in the Japanese automaker.

Nissan controls 15 percent and has no voting rights in Renault, which is also part-owned by the French government. A rebalanced relationship would help ease some of the tensions between the two automakers and relieve Nissan’s reluctance to back the merger with FCA, the paper said.