SA Peugeot Citroen and General Motors confirmed yesterday that they will collaborate on vehicle projects, including a low CO2 small car.
This represents important steps toward the execution of their Global Strategic Alliance.
Consistent with terms of the Master Agreement signed Feb. 29, the Alliance partners have selected four vehicle projects and confirmed the next steps in joint purchasing organization.
The four common vehicle projects selected to move to the next step encompass the following segment entries for both groups:
• A joint program for a compact-class Multi-Purpose Van for Opel/Vauxhall and a compact-class Crossover Utility Vehicle for the Peugeot brand
• A joint Multi-Purpose Vehicle program for the small car segment for Opel/Vauxhall and the Citroen brand
• An upgraded low CO2 small car segment platform to feed Opel/Vauxhall’s and PSA’s next generation of cars in Europe and other regions
• A joint program for mid-size cars for Opel/Vauxhall and the Peugeot and Citroen brands
The Alliance aims to launch the first vehicles on these common programs by the end of 2016. It has yet to be defined if any of these projects will be commercialized in North America.
The Alliance partners also confirmed the next steps in their joint purchasing organization. This collaborative effort will draw on the combined purchasing reach of both companies to realize purchasing synergies benefiting both companies. The joint purchasing organization will be subject to customary antitrust approvals.
Based on the above programs and the joint purchasing organization, both companies confirm the previously stated synergy target of $2 billion annually achievable within five years.
With the common vehicle development projects and next steps in purchasing organization now confirmed, the teams will work to finalize the associated definitive agreements in addition to exploring other cooperation opportunities.