PARIS, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Carmakers clawing back groundafter a damaging crisis are increasingly pledging to deepenexisting alliances and are looking for new partners to savecosts and access new markets.
Here are some of the partnerships and plans announced ascarmakers prepared for the Paris Auto Show, which opens to themedia on Thursday and the public on Saturday.
Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech has set his sights onFiat's Alfa Romeo brand as a thirteenth brand in his vastautomotive empire. Fiat has officially denied any interest inselling.
Infiniti, the luxury brand of Nissan, will hold talks withMercedes-Benz maker Daimler about sharing an existing Daimlersedan car platform and its engines, a senior Nissan executivesaid. Renault-Nissan and Daimler signed a cooperation accordearlier this year.
Loss-making Swedish carmaker Saab is to use BMW engines in amove by Dutch owner Spyker to help boost Saab's recovery andappeal.
PSA PEUGEOT CITROEN/MITSUBISH
PSA and Mitsubishi agreed to develop electric versions ofthe Peugeot Partner and the Citroen Berlingo light commercialvehicles in PSA's Vigo factory in Spain. The two groups alreadywork together in some areas and have discussed a capitalalliance but said in March they had failed to agree terms.
FORD/PSA PEUGEOT CITROEN
U.S. carmaker Ford and PSA said they would develop a rangeof diesel engines to comply with new EU regulations,strengthening their existing partnership in that area.
Renault and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said in a newspaperinterview the Renault-Nissan alliance was still interested incloser ties with GM.
(Reporting by Helen Massy-Beresford, Christiaan Hetzner,Greg Roumeliotis, Gilbert Kreijger, Victoria Klesty; Editing byMichael Shields)