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Nissan watches patiently as Renault and FCA talk merger

Fiat Chrysler seeks leverage and technology from ties with whole alliance

Nissan Motor's continued presence in the Renault alliance appears vital to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as it seeks to gain scale for deals involving new automotive technology.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The proposed merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Renault raises new questions about the future of the French automaker's turbulent alliance with Nissan Motor, but the Japanese partner appears intent on staying put and watching closely.

If the French and Italian-American automakers combine and create a new entity that takes Renault's place in the alliance, Nissan might have leverage to demand changes to the Restated Alliance Master Agreement, which sets out the terms of the partnership.

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