Opel Zaragoza site to build minivans for Opel and PSA

Article by Anita Panait, on October 2, 2013

Opel’s Zaragoza site in Spain will build future subcompact minivans for the carmaker and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, General Motor’s European unit has said. The minivans will be underpinned by a PSA platform. Opel's engineering team in Ruesselsheim, Germany, will lead engineering for the joint project while PSA will provide powertrains. 

Opel said that the first minivans under the joint project will be launched in 2016. Media reports have indicated that the Zaragoza site will produce the next Citroen C3 Picasso minivan, which is currently built at PSA’s Trnava plant in Slovakia.

The site presently produces the Opel Meriva small minivan and Corsa subcompact, and is set to build the Mokka small SUV in 2014. GM and PSA agreed to collaborate in 2012 as part of their bid to post a turnaround in Europe, where the vehicle market is still on a slump.

There have been media speculations that PSA may produce an Opel model, saying that Opel Zafira compact minivan due 2017, could be built at the carmaker’s Sochaux plant in France. Opel is building the current Zafira at its Bochum site in Germany, which is being closed.

Opel said in the statement that the alliance between GM and PSA is based on a “fair balance." GM and PSA are targeting savings of $2 billion with their alliance, which entailed the US carmaker taking a 7-percent stake in the French company. Since signing the partnership deal, GM and PSA have aligned purchasing and logistics, and are working to develop new models together.

Topics: psa, opel

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

Mitsubishi finally introduces the new Xpander MPV at the 2017 Indonesia International Auto Show in Jakarta Indonesia. Replacing the previous Expander, the new multipurpose vehicle will be mostly sold at...
by - August 16, 2017
Infiniti revealed its retro Prototype 9 race car before its slated debut at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance next week. In a recent press release, the company not only disclosed...
by - August 16, 2017
In the United States, not many automakers offer crossovers with a diesel engine option, but Chevrolet does, with their 2018 Equinox. Those who opt for this engine will get some...
by - August 16, 2017
Here are some things that potential buyers of the Ford F-150 and Ford Expedition could look forward to for the 2018 model year. The 2018 models of the F-150 pickup...
by - August 15, 2017
We first saw the McLaren 720S earlier this year when it made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and we all agree that it is a beautiful car. But...
by - August 15, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries