Currently reading: PSA Group posts record profits despite sales slide
Expansion of SUV range and cost-saving boosted French car giant in 2019
James Attwood, digital editor
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26 February 2020

The PSA Group achieved record profitability in 2019, despite its new car sales falling by more than 10%.

The group, which comprises Citroën, DS, Peugeot and Opel/Vauxhall, posted revenue of €74.7 billion (£61.8bn) for 2019, up 1% year-on-year, with profit of €3.2bn (£2.65bn), up 13.2% from 2018.

This came despite new vehicle sales falling 10.3% year-on-year to 3,479,096.

PSA said the rise in profit was due to cost savings from the further integration of Opel/Vauxhall into the group and from efforts to reduce the complexity of its product lines, trimming production spending. It also cited increasing sales of higher-margin models, such as SUVs.

The PSA Group is in the process of merging with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), creating the world’s fourth-largest car maker. The merger is ongoing, with both sides expecting it to be finalised either late this year or early in 2021.

In Europe, the five PSA brands sold a total of 3,019,729 new vehicles, a 2.8% decline on 2018. The firm particularly struggled in China, where sales slumped by 55.4% to 117,084, and recorded substantial declines in the Middle East and Africa (-43.7%) and South America (-22.5%).

Peugeot continued to be the PSA Group’s most successful brand, taking 1,453,823 sales, although this was down 16.5% year-on-year. Citroën sales were down 5.4% to 989,853 units, although the brand did post a 0.8% increase in Europe. Vauxhall/Opel sales fell 6.2% to 973,431, while DS sales increased 16.4% to 61,989. 

As with other firms, the PSA Group has invested heavily in the electrification of its line-up and says it is on course to avoid paying any fines for not meeting the European Union’s 95g/km average fleet CO2 target that will come into force this year.

PSA chief executive Carlos Tavares said: “We're ready for the energy transition, and all teams are focused to offer a clean, safe and affordable mobility for customers. Based on our business model and fighting spirit, which has proved to be efficient, we are eager to enter a new era with the projected merger with FCA.”

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26 February 2020

Imagine the vitriol if it had been JLR and not PSA.  After reading about the large profit PSA is capable of you start to wonder if this merger with FCA is such a good idea.

26 February 2020
xxxx wrote:

Imagine the vitriol if it had been JLR and not PSA.  After reading about the large profit PSA is capable of you start to wonder if this merger with FCA is such a good idea.

The day JLR shrink sales by 10% but increase profitability by 13% I'll be the first to cheer as profits matter more than volume.

26 February 2020

Let's not confuse a commercially successful firm with the quality of its products.

26 February 2020
abkq wrote:

Let's not confuse a commercially successful firm with the quality of its products.

Maybe 15 years ago. Three of my colleagues have the PSA 1.6 diesel (supposedly an unreliable engine) with 400 000 miles run between them with zero issues. I'd be the first to be critical but the cars since 2010 and particularly since 2016 are massively improved.

27 February 2020
SamVimes1972 wrote:
abkq wrote:

Let's not confuse a commercially successful firm with the quality of its products.

Maybe 15 years ago. Three of my colleagues have the PSA 1.6 diesel (supposedly an unreliable engine) with 400 000 miles run between them with zero issues. I'd be the first to be critical but the cars since 2010 and particularly since 2016 are massively improved.

I say this all the time, but my most reliable car I have run was a 2012 C4 with the 1.6 diesel (110bhp). In 2 and a half years, I added 70000 miles on it (collected it with 16k), and it ran perfectly. It was dull to drive but it was reliable, which was exactly what I needed at the time

26 February 2020
Check JD Power's UK Reliability Index 2019

26 February 2020

There are quite a few award winning power-plants and models in the PSA stable. What's your point?

26 February 2020

I'd love to read the full inside story of the return to profitability of these 3 brands and I'd also love to know the profitably of Vauxhall Opel after they allegedly lost money under GM. 

To go from selling uninspiring mass market cars to being seen as an Audi challenger  (in Europe) is an amazing turnaround.

26 February 2020

PSA, despite being a midsized car cie, is very profitable since 2015PSA's margin per product is industry defying (only FCA NA and Toyota level it)PSA's margin (8,5%) would have been a stratospheric 9,3% without O/V (6,5%)PSA's margin is 3x Daimler Benz!!PSA has become "The Industry Benchmark" acc. to investment banksPSA is among the top 3 most reliable brands, #1 in UK (check JD Power)PSA reported stellar numbers despite €700 mio in Chinese write offsPeugeot and Citroen lost a gigantic volume in Iran, zero margin CKDs so no pain.Best for last: PSA customers have the annoying tendence to buy the MOST expensive models.

 

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