Joint vehicle programs will be built by General Motors and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen on the platforms of the French automaker, according to the companies. Additional details of this partnership were presented by PSA CEO Philippe Varin and GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky during a press conference in Brussels. Last year, the automakers introduced a broad-based partnership to share development costs and reduce European losses.
In a release, the companies said that future small cars such as the Opel Corsa and PSA equivalents (the Peugeot 208 and Citroen C3) will be based on an architecture jointly developed from PSA’s current technology. The "EMP2" platform will be shared by the future replacements for the Opel Zafira minivan and Peugeot 3008 crossover that will enter production in the form of Citroen's C4 Picasso minivan.
The successors to the Peugeot 2008 crossover and Citroen C3 Picasso minivans will be in development at GM's engineering center located in Ruesselsheim, Germany. The first vehicles from the shared development programs are expected to arrive in 2016. The automakers said that PSA underpinnings were selected by the alliance for the new cars since they’re more appropriate for the European market. Girsky said that in the Opel Zafira category, there wasn’t sufficient volume to give good reason for doing it on their own.
The automakers didn’t provide details of production locations or investment in the new models. He said that it’s “premature” to make any manufacturing decisions since these products will arrive in the market in 2016 yet. According to Girsky and Varin, the partnership will not affect jobs at their operations in Germany and France. Furthermore, they reiterated their goal to attain alliance cost savings of $2 billion annually by 2016. Other factors that helped are combined logistics and a new joint purchasing organization to start operations this year.