PSA and GM will share resources on four joint-programme models, which is expected to save £1.5bn a year
Julian Rendell
24 October 2012

Peugeot, Citroën and Vauxhall will share platforms and multiple models in late 2016, it announced earlier today.

The first of the models will be a ‘compact-class’ Vauxhall/Opel multi-purpose van and a ‘compact-class’ Peugeot cross-over. The announcement is likely to form the basis of the next-generation Vauxhall Zafira and a replacement for the Peugeot 4007, the latter previously co-developed with Mitsubishi.

It is understood Peugeot is being lined-up to build these cars for both brands, which fits in with GM’s plan to close its Bochum plant in 2014/15.

The second ‘common vehicle project’ is a ‘small-car’ multi-purpose vehicle to be shared by Vauxhall/Opel and Citroën, possibly the replacements for the Meriva and C3 Picasso.

The third common project is described as ‘an upgraded, low-CO2, small car segment platform to feed Opel/Vauxhall’s next-generation of cars in Europe and other regions’. That could be interpreted as the Corsa/208/C3 or possibly the segment below. Although PSA is already in a joint venture for a city car with Toyota.

Finally, the two groups will co-operate on ‘a joint program for mid-size cars for Opel/Vauxhall and the Peugeot/Citroën brands’, which is widely expected to mean the Insignia and 508/C5; models struggling to sell in big enough numbers as European consumers down-size or switch to cross-overs.

Together with other cost-saving projects, the four common joint-model programmes are expected to save around £1.5bn a year for both companies. “All four projects will be developed combining the best platform architectures and technologies from the Alliance partners,” said a joint statement from PSA and GM.

They are also planning to further increase purchasing synergies and ‘explore other cooperation opportunities’.

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24 October 2012

RIP Peugeot/Citroen, we loved you both, even though you ve both lost your way lately. Now yourll be rebodied Vauxhall/Opels and every car enthusiast knows Vauxhalls and Opels are shite. Plus their parent company has brought up and destroyed nearly 30 rival car companies in the last 100 years, its the only thing evil GM is good at.  We hate you GM.

24 October 2012

If this means the survival of PSA/Opel then its a good thing. I dont think PSA have anything to fear sharing platforms with GM. Its not as if PSA have built any great platforms recently. The 508/C5 is probably the best, and yet is based on the 605/XM platform from 1990.

What ever happens we need other mainstream manufacturers to survive to rival the might of VAG, afterall we need choice!

25 October 2012

artill wrote:

I dont think PSA have anything to fear sharing platforms with GM.

Well that strategy worked well for Saab . . .  .not!

artill wrote:

What ever happens we need other mainstream manufacturers to survive to rival the might of VAG, afterall we need choice!

Well said! The most important observation in the whole thread, IMHO.

I'm not anti-VW at all. I just don't want them to dominate the European market, that's all. (I don't want ANYONE to dominate the market.)

24 October 2012

so the almost acient now Zafira will be around for another 3 years before it's replacement is even shown? No wonder Vauxhall/Opel are in trouble, nobody will want a (by then) 10 year old car, even with various updates. 

24 October 2012

C2_Matt wrote:

so the almost acient now Zafira will be around for another 3 years before it's replacement is even shown? No wonder Vauxhall/Opel are in trouble, nobody will want a (by then) 10 year old car, even with various updates. 

There's a brand new Zafira on sale right now. Less than a year old. The car they're talking about is the replacement for the brand new one. I think they'll be fine.

 

 

25 October 2012

tuga wrote:

C2_Matt wrote:

so the almost acient now Zafira will be around for another 3 years before it's replacement is even shown? No wonder Vauxhall/Opel are in trouble, nobody will want a (by then) 10 year old car, even with various updates. 

There's a brand new Zafira on sale right now. Less than a year old. The car they're talking about is the replacement for the brand new one. I think they'll be fine.

 I thought that was just a tarted up version of the current (older) Zafira? 

25 October 2012

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I thought that was just a tarted up version of the current (older) Zafira?

The Zafira Tourer (the new Zafira, silly choice of name IMO, with the old one still on sale) is based on the Insignia platform.  The old Zafira is based on the previous generation Astra platform.  So, nothing in common between the two.

K_A

24 October 2012

C2_Matt wrote:

so the almost acient now Zafira will be around for another 3 years before it's replacement is even shown? No wonder Vauxhall/Opel are in trouble, nobody will want a (by then) 10 year old car, even with various updates. 

The current Corsa is coming upto seven years old and remains among one of the best-selling cars in the UK, so it's possible. I believe GM will replace the Zafira and Zafira Tourer will one MPV.

25 October 2012

K_A wrote:

C2_Matt wrote:

so the almost acient now Zafira will be around for another 3 years before it's replacement is even shown? No wonder Vauxhall/Opel are in trouble, nobody will want a (by then) 10 year old car, even with various updates. 

The current Corsa is coming upto seven years old and remains among one of the best-selling cars in the UK, so it's possible. I believe GM will replace the Zafira and Zafira Tourer will one MPV.

I wonder how many of those sales are due to BSM (the driving school, not the kinky stuff) and other businesses (sp.) for use as a hire/courtsey car? 

24 October 2012

This sounds like a good all round solution for 3 car manufacturers that are struggling in europe, and as for comments about GM you can speak for yourself i particularly love them and the zafira is not the only mpv that will have been around for 10 years or so cast your mind back to the Citroen Xsara Picasso which ran from 2000(x reg) to 2010 (10 plates). besides there is the option of the Zafira Tourer which hasnt been out too long.

 

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