- Fiat Chrysler is withdrawing its merger proposal with French automaker Renault.
- "It has become clear that the political conditions in France do not currently exist for such a combination to proceed successfully," Fiat said in a statement on Wednesday.
- The two automakers have been exploring a merger in order to curb costs producing vehicles and combine resources. The merger would have created the world's third-largest automaker.
Fiat Chrysler has withdrawn its merger proposal for French automaker Renault "with immediate effect," the board of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced Wednesday in a statement.
"It has become clear that the political conditions in France do not currently exist for such a combination to proceed successfully," the statement said.
Fiat Chrysler said it "remains firmly convinced of the compelling, transformational rationale of a proposal that has been widely appreciated since it was submitted."
The French carmaker's board met to consider the proposal late Wednesday. Nissan's two representatives on Renault's board were withholding their support as other board members were planning to submit favorable votes for the merger, Dow Jones reported.
Renault's board said in a press release late Wednesday the directors "were unable to take a decision due to the request expressed by the representatives of the French State to postpone the vote to a later Council."
The two automakers were exploring a merger in order to curb costs producing vehicles and combine resources. The merger would have created the world's third-largest automaker and would produce estimated sales of 8.7 million vehicles per year.
The French government said it wouldn't back the merger unless Nissan guaranteed that Renault's long-held alliance with Nissan would continue, sources told Dow Jones. Once the state requested a delay on the vote for the merger proposal, Fiat Chrysler withdrew.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said earlier on Wednesday that there was no reason to rush on the merger talks between the carmakers but emphasized that he wanted the deal to move forward.
"We should take our time to make sure that things are done well," Le Maire told BFM TV on Wednesday.