22. February 2012
Apparently General Motors and PSA Peugeot Citroën are looking at some sort of agreement whereby the two will bolster their respective engineering and manufacturing activities. A statement on the PSA website puts it with a certain Gallic reserve:
“In the context of its globalisation strategy and improving its operational performance, PSA Peugeot Citroën looks at potential cooperations and alliances. Discussions are taking place and there can be no certainty at this stage that these discussions will result in any agreement.”
But of course.
Such cooperations are not the exception, but the rule.
According to a note from IHS Automotive’s Ian Fletcher about GM of Europe (GME) and PSA getting together: “Both are already involved with partners relating to OEM supply deals—GME with Fiat and Renault relating to light commercial vehicles (LCVs), and PSA with Mitsubishi on sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and electric vehicles (EVs), Fiat on LCVs and Toyota on A-segment vehicles. PSA also has significant component development relationships with a range of automakers including BMW and Ford, while GM's Corsa shares its underpinnings with the Fiat Punto.”
Seems like everyone’s in the game.
While the discussions seem to be focused on such things as developing powertrains and manufacturing operations, we’d like to see GM availing itself of some of the design approaches that are characteristic of Peugeot, and bringing them to the U.S.