PSA Peugeot Citroen and GM alliance details

GM PSA agreement
25 Jan, 2013 11:56am Tom Phillips

The new Zafira and 3008, and C3 Picasso and Meriva will share platforms

PSA Peugeot Citroen and GM have announced further details of the alliance that the two firms forged on 29 February last year.

The four shared projects first discussed have been whittled down to three, as PSA and GM will no longer co-develop a platform for the replacements for the Citroen C5, Peugeot 508 and Vauxhall Insignia.

However, PSA Peugeot Citroen and GM have furthered their tie-up by announcing that the new Vauxhall Zafira and Peugeot 3008, and Citroen C3 Picasso and Vauxhall Meriva will all be built on PSA platforms, with the larger two cars likely to use the new PSA modular EMP2 platform. The new models will begin appearing in 2016.

GM will take responsibility for developing both the new C3 Picasso and Meriva MPVs, while both firms are set to co-develop a new B-segment platform to replace cars like the Peugeot 208, Citroen C3 and Vauxhall Corsa. These models could also use the PSA-Bosch-developed Hybrid Air compressed air petrol hybrid system, also due in 2016.

The two firms will also collaborate on further improvements to PSA Peugeot Citroen's EB three-cylinder petrol engine used in the 208, and have signed a definitive deal for joint purchasing that should bring better economies of scale for PSA and GM brands.

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Interesting that the 508-C5-Insignia co-development is dropped.

Does that signal that, after this generation, the 50x range and C5 range will do a Laguna/Primera/Accord/Avensis and disappear?

The Avensis is still here though.

How exciting! I can't wait to see what they come up with especially the EMP2 models!

So two quirky French marques working with the dullest brand on sale?

It could go one way or the other. I hope it works, as I like PSA.

Let's see what the partners produce?

Will that be enough to turn the tide?

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