A General Motors plant in Germany may soon produce Peugeot and Citroën models, according to media reports and sources inside the German union. Last February, PSA Peugeot-Citroën and GM revealed that they are entering a global alliance. They plan to share platforms and component modules and form a global joint-venture.
PSA disregarded these reports, referring to them as “speculation.” However, German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung claimed to have viewed model plan proposals that would result in the next-generation Citroën DS5 being built at GM’s Rüsselsheim plant in 2015. This was followed by the next-gen Peugeot 508 in 2016.
The model plans indicate that the two French cars would share a platform with upcoming Insignia models. One of these is a model dubbed by GM planners as the “Country Tourer,” which is expected to compete with the Audi Allroad, says Autocar. From these reports, it can be concluded that the C5 will be replaced by the next DS5. The reports indicate that the Rüsselsheim plant will have a three-shift operation if it will produce the Insignia, 508 and DS5.
While the demand in Europe for Mondeo-segment vehicles continues to decline, being able to combine production at the Rüsselsheim factory up to 300,000 units annually should make these vehicles profitable. Due to the low volumes, it is uncertain whether the current Insignia, 508 and C5 are earning.
Peugeot 508 continues its international campaign as its France assembly plant will produce for the European market while its facilities in China will do so for the rest of the world’s biggest rising car market.
This model which is set to be marketed all over Europe at the start of 2011 comes only in two body styles – Saloon and SW.
With a vision to once again represent in the grand touring car segment, the 508 is set to uphold Peugeot’s traditional strong suit.
For decades, all models in the “40X” as well as the “50X” range left an unforgettable impression for its style of unique blend, impeccable road holding, versatility and robust performance.
Disputed as a forward-looking vehicle, Peugeot 508 is modernized to completely fit the aspirations of persistent, self-motivated and sensible users who have progressed together with the times.
To ensure the best appeal to its owners, the 4.79 meter Saloon body style and the 4.81 meter SW is assured with the finest quality, purity as well as efficiency which guided every feature of the model’s design.
Striving for elegance, quality build and robust performance, the 508 is molded for smooth and perfectly balanced contours, indicative of a car sculpted from solid.