Peugeot CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato is putting greater global success first and foremost in the brand's near-term strategy, but won’t rule out expensive high-performance projects later on.
“Right now our main goal is to grow to beyond two million units a year,” he said, “but also to spread our footprint and to sell more than 50% of our cars outside of Europe. Until we do that, I’m much more interested in cars that sell in hundreds of thousands than those that sell in smaller numbers.”
Imparato will fly to China this week for the local launch of the 5008 SUV – but says the real key to cracking the firm’s global ambitions will be a return to Africa. “With a one-tonne pick-up truck, we can tap into a huge global market,” he said. “We could either develop one within the group or with a partner, and our existing connections [The PSA Group already makes commercial vehicles and city cars with Toyota] give us possibilities.”