FCA cited “political conditions in France” for the withdrawal.
A “yes” by Renault would open the way for a non-binding memorandum of understanding to start exclusive merger negotiations.
Merged company would make some 8.7 million vehicles a year, leapfrogging GM and trailing only Volkswagen and Toyota.
Japanese media and some analysts have raised the possibility that the charges against Carlos Ghosn were engineered to sideline him.
Ghosn and fellow Nissan executive Greg Kelly were charged Dec. 10.
Automaker is also seeking out technology partnerships with companies such as Microsoft.
Previous tests weren’t conducted in real driving conditions, so insufficient.
German company supplies transmissions to automakers including Ford, BMW, Daimler and Volvo.
US automaker will also open a sales office in the North African kingdom.
The French automaker and partner Dongfeng Motor Group. will each own 50% of the venture.
Nissan and Mitsubishi will develop a new small car through an existing joint venture, including an electric version.
Automakers look to take advantage of South Korea-US free trade agreement.
Automakers invest $750M to acquire a 67% stake in Russia’s AvtoVAZ.
New agreement marks the first time in its history that Mercedes vehicles will contain components made on North American soil.
Investments include new manufacturing plant, the expansion of another and 23 new models introduced by 2016