May 29, 2019 / 3:45 PM / 4 months ago

Don't see particularly negative aspects in Renault deal: Nissan CEO

FILE PHOTO: Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer Hiroto Saikawa attends a news conference at its global headquarters building in Yokohama, Japan, December 17, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co doesn’t see any particularly negative aspects for it in a possible merger of alliance partner Renault with Fiat Chrysler, the chief executive of the Japanese automaker said on Wednesday.

Hiroto Saikawa also said that the issue of whether the two companies should merge should be left to them.

“This is an issue for the two companies to decide,” Saikawa told reporters following a meeting of Nissan, Renault and junior partner Mitsubishi Motors Corp earlier in the day.

“But if possible we would like to see an outcome which is also supportive of our interests.”

Fiat Chrysler on Monday proposed a merger-of-equals with Renault, which would create the world’s third-largest automaker. It also raises difficult questions about how Nissan would fit into a radically changed alliance.

Reporting by Maki Shiraki; Writing by Naomi Tajitsu; Editing by David Dolan

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