Opel to build the Citroen C5 successor

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 14, 2012

The successor to the Citroen C5 will be produced by Opel, the European unit of General Motors Co. as part of GM’s alliance with PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, according to Jean-Luc Perrard, head of PSA's factory in Rennes, France. He confirmed to regional newspaper Ouest France that according to the existing plans, the replacement C5 mid-sized sedan will be built at a GM plant instead.

Rennes produces the C5, together with the Citroen C6 and Peugeot 508 mid-sized cars. In 2011, it reached a production volume of 182,300 units. Perrard didn’t say at which Opel plant exactly the C5 replacement (with a codename of X8) would be made.

Notably, the Insignia mid-sized car is built at Opel's plant in Ruesselsheim, Germany. Perrard said that the Rennes factory may produce other Peugeot and Citroen models to make up for losing the C5. He said that there’s no reason for the union to get worried that the plant will shut down in 2016 when the C5 replacement is expected to arrive, asserting that the company intends to invest 40 million euros at the site.

Under the terms of GM and PSA’s partnership, mid-sized cars like the Opel Insignia and Citroen C5 and Peugeot 508 would be based on GM platforms while subcompacts like the Opel Corsa and Citroen C3 would make use of PSA technology. According to a PSA spokesman, the plans haven’t been finalized yet. He said that the alliance working groups will talk about their final plans before the year ends.

He emphasized that it would still be too early for any conclusions to be made. PSA currently has about 5,500 employees at Rennes. Just over three years ago, the plant had around 12,000 workers. A union official told Automotive News Europe that this would make it likely that PSA is on track to shut down the plant.

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