UPDATE 2-Nissan CEO says no need to change Renault alliance after French govt hikes stake

lundi 18 mai 2015 09h21

* No need to change capital alliance with Renault - Nissan's Ghosn

* "Too soon" to consider partnership with non-automakers like Google

* Nissan has set aside enough funds to cover Takata-linked recalls -Ghosn (Adds more Ghosn quotes, context)

By Maki Shiraki

YOKOHAMA, Japan, May 18 (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co Ltd CEO Carlos Ghosn said on Monday there was no need to change the automaker's capital alliance with Renault, after France raised its stake and voting rights in Renault last month.

The French government, which owns almost 20 percent of Renault, has said it wants to safeguard French interests at the automaker, which is deepening its ties with Nissan. However, Renault has warned that the government's move could damage the alliance.

Ghosn, speaking to reporters in Japan, said the capital alliance between Nissan and Renault had "zero influence" on the automakers' daily operations.

Since Renault rescued Nissan from bankruptcy in 1999, the Japanese carmaker has outgrown its parent to account for two-thirds of their combined 8 million vehicle sales and a bigger share of profit.

"We continue to work today exactly the way we were working from the beginning, with the two teams working together, developing synergies," Ghosn said. "So there's no reason for us to change."   Suite...