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After Ghosn, auto alliance faces uncertain future

Tensions between Renault and Nissan burst into open

AKITO TANAKA, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Just days after they cemented their landmark automotive alliance on March 27, 1999, the heads of Renault and Nissan inadvertently revealed a fundamental disagreement that lay at the heart of their new partnership.

Speaking moments after a news conference in New York, Louis Schweitzer, Renault's chairman and chief executive officer, raised the possibility that the two companies would merge sometime in the future.

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