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Nissan-Renault alliance

Saikawa's departure points to stall in Nissan-Renault talks

At odds: While Renault pushes for a stronger merger, Nissan demands independence

Talks regarding the future relationship between troubled alliance partners Nissan and Renault could be sidetracked when Nissan Motor President and CEO Hiroto Saikawa departs the scene next week.

TOKYO/PARIS -- The resignation of Nissan Motor President and CEO Hiroto Saikawa is likely to affect the Japanese automaker's relationship with Renault, which holds a 43.4% stake in Nissan. While the French automaker wants to strengthen ties, its partner is seeking capital "independence."

Closed-door talks remain ongoing but could stall without a mediator who can keep all stakeholders, including the French and Japanese governments, on the same page.

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