Now that General Motors and PSA Peugeot Citroën have established a strategic alliance, it looks like PSA and GM’s European wing Opel will trade vehicles. Automotive News reports that PSA may lead development of the next Opel Zafira people mover, while an Opel factory will be tasked with building the next Citroën C5.
The first half of the switch-up would reportedly see development of the future Opel Zafira shift from Opel’s offices in Russelsheim, Germany, to PSA Peugeot Citroën’s offices in France. The move follows GM-PSA’s original intent to share development duties for future vehicles. However, Opel CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke has reportedly promised that Opel won’t cut any jobs at its Russelsheim engineering center.
The second half of the collaboration would see assembly of the Citroën C5 successor shift from Rennes, France, to an Opel factory elsewhere in Europe. The Rennes factory also currently builds the Citroën C6 and Peugeot 508 sedans. It’s possible the future Citroën, codenamed X8, would be built in Russelsheim, Germany, alongside the Opel Insignia sedan. Union officials are concerned that PSA will soon try to close the Rennes factory once the Citroën C5 leaves France.
GM and PSA will reportedly share engineering work of the next generations of the Opel Corsa and Citroën C3, which will be built on PSA platforms; while the larger Opel Insignia, Citroën C5, and Peugeot 508 will be built on a shared GM/Opel platform.
The companies previously said that by sharing development and assembly duties, the two could expect combined savings of €2 billion (about $2.6 billion) by 2017. However, savings from synergies are predicted to be “limited” for the first five years of the alliance. GM and PSA said the first vehicle developed on a shared platform would be launched in 2016.