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Report suggests the French maker is hoping to satisfy EU antitrust concerns regarding its merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles by increasing capacity at its van plant for Toyota
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28 September 2020

The PSA Group is attempting to address European Union antitrust concerns over its merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles by assisting Toyota, a Reuters report suggests. 

The report, which cites unnamed sources close to the matter, says PSA has offered to increase production capacity at the Sevelnord van plant in northern France - a joint-venture facility it runs in collaboration with Toyota. The two firms would also sell the vans at cost price, it is claimed. 

The offer is said to have been submitted to the European Commission late last week after the body raised concerns that the two merged companies would take too high a share of the small van market in 14 EU countries and the UK. The two brands sold 775,000 trucks and vans between them last year. 

PSA and FCA, which if merged would form an entity known as Stellantis, have stressed in a statement that “the transaction has obtained merger clearance in 14 jurisdictions. As previously stated, closing of the transaction is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2021.”

However, the European Commission has refused to confirm when it will make a decision. It said “the deadline is still suspended” when requesting data from the companies back in July. 

The deal, agreed by both companies in December last year, would create the world’s fourth-largest car maker based on sales if approved. It is thought the European Commission will now deliberate with the firms and its rivals to either clear or block the deal or demand further concessions.

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Old But not yet Dead 6 October 2020

The Unbelievable Truth

Fourteen jurisdictions already agreed !

Must be a worldwide shortage of brown envelopes.

Only need VW & Ford to formalise their BEV affair and bring in Renault Nissan Mitsubishi  threesome as a bit on the side and then what?

If EU allow this now, they will never be able to justifiably stopping anything else in the future..

scotty5 28 September 2020

No wonder car prices are going thru the roof.

Jeez, let me try and get my head around this.

Peugeot, Citroen, Opel and Vauhall, wish to merge with Chrysler, Fiat, Alfa and Jeep and build Toyotas in the same manufacturing plant?

How the 'expletive' does that square with the anti-competition laws the EU is supposed to champion?

It was much simpler when the all the automotive industry had to do was give the appropriate EU commisioner a brown paper envelope.