Officially speaking, GM are in talks with Renault-Nissan and are due to report on the outcome of their deliberations in just under a month’s time.
Unofficially, Automotive News (accessed via Autoblog) are reporting that GM and Ford are playing footsie under the table.
Not sure if there’s anything in this, but now you know.
UPDATE: Put that fire out, man!! This lobbed into my inbox this morning from Saab in the US (yeah, I know). I’m presuming it’s from the WSJ as linked at Jalopnik, but am yet to trace it.
DETROIT – General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. briefly discussed the concept of an alliance between the two automakers but have dropped the idea and plan no further talks, two people familiar with the matter said.
GM and Ford are both trying to turn around their auto operations after massive losses in North America. Their chief financial officers, Frederick “Fritz” Henderson of GM and Don Leclair of Ford, met recently and discussed the idea of working together, these people said. The talks were reported by Automotive News, an industry trade publication.
GM declined to confirm or deny the discussions with Ford. “As we have often said, GM officials routinely discuss issues of mutual interest with other automakers. As a policy, we do not confirm or comment publicly on those private discussions, which in many cases never lead anywhere,” said Steven Harris, GM’s vice president for global communications.
But individuals familiar with the situation at each company say leaders at GM and Ford are committed for now to pursuing their separate restructuring plans.