Peugeot Citroën-GM enter Global Strategic Alliance
Manufacturers to co-develop engines and expand base in developing markets
PSA Peugeot Citroën’s India plans have quite clearly hit a roadblock. The European manufacturer has stopped testing its cars here, and its entry in the Indian market still seems a long way off. However, there is some good news.
Peugeot Citroën has announced the confirmation of its plans to execute a Global Strategic Alliance with General Motors by signing several agreements pertaining to vehicle development as well as to the purchasing joint venture.
The first of the plan's shared vehicle platforms will form the basis of a compact MPV for Opel/Vauxhall, and a compact crossover utility vehicle (CUV) for Peugeot. The second programme looks at creating a shared platform for B-segment MPVs for both Peugeot as well as GM, and the third proposal suggests co-development of an upgraded, low-emission B-segment platform that can be used by Opel/Vauxhall as well as Peugeot Citroën, as and when it enters newer markets.
Also, new, smaller engines will be co-developed using Peugeot's current global EB series, which consists of powerful 1-litre as well as 1.2-litre petrol engines. There are more proposals in the pipeline, but for now, the first car to emerge from this alliance would be out by 2016, and each car will have enough differences to distinguish itself from its related cousins.
The point that caught our attention though, is the fact that Peugeot-GM mention their plans to look at expanding operations together globally, and that could also mean Peugeot entering India with General Motors as their official partner. That would really make Peugeot's second coming a lot easier, wouldn't it?