일본의 닛산자동차회사는 미국의 제너럴 모터스, GM사와 합병하는 협상에 착수하기로 했습니다. 닛산자동차 이사회는 3일, 이같은 협상을 승인했습니다.

제너럴 모터스사는 세계 최대의 자동차회사이지만, 판매 부진과 제작비 상승, 적자 누적으로 고전해 왔습니다.

GM은 이윤 회복 노력의 일환으로 일부 공장들을 폐쇄하고 근로자들을 감원했습니다.

Japan-based Nissan Motor Company is set to begin talks with General Motors on a possible alliance with the American company. Nissan's board of directors approved the talks on Monday.

Last week, GM's most high-profile investor, billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, urged the company to consider joining forces with Nissan and French-based Renault. News reports say Nissan and Renault might each acquire 10 percent of GM's stock. General Motors is the world's largest automobile manufacturer, but it is plagued with declining sales, high manufacturing costs, and steep losses.

GM is shedding factories and workers in an effort to restore profitability. Nissan overcame serious problems and became profitable again under the leadership of Carlos Ghosn. Some analysts say he might be able to help GM speed steps toward efficiency and profit.