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Summary: A-three way alliance between General Motors (NYSE:GM), Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) and Renault was originally suggested by Kirk Kerkorian (who controls 9.9% of GM) in July. Since GM now deems that Renault and Nissan need the alliance more that it does, it is demanding a multi-billion dollar “equalizing contribution” from the other automakers as an incentive for GM to join the alliance. GM believes it has turned the corner, and might not need Nissan’s and Renault’s help. GM also knows that alliances don't always work; it experienced a failed alliance with Italy’s Fiat (NYSEARCA:FIA). Aside from the turnaround, GM executives assert that it has greater global-reach than the other two companies; Nissan’s sales surged in 2005 but have fallen in 2006, and Renault has only four new models scheduled between now and late 2007. Nissan & Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn is now trying to portray the benefits of the alliance as a defensive move against Toyota (NYSE:TM), which continues to fire on all cylinders.
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Potentially impacted stocks and ETFs: Other auto stocks: Ford (NYSE:F), DaimlerChrysler (DCX), Honda (NYSE:HMC)
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