Opel refused from the hatchback design in conjunction with PSA

March 28, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Opel has refused from the idea of developing a new compact hatchback in conjunction with the French group PSA Peugeot Citroen.

Image of Opel Astra GTC

Image of Opel Astra GTC


About this in an interview with Autocar, said Chairman of the Board of Directors of the German manufacturer Karl-Thomas Neumann. “Really, we had an agreement to develop next-generation compact car. However, this decision was wrong because our models would be left without platform General Motors. I prefer to use the chassis for GM small car as we can in this case use model for its own engines and technology”- said Neuman. The cooperation agreement was signed by the group PSA Peugeot Citroen and concern General Motors in March 2012.

Opel mark Pic

Opel mark Pic

According to Neumann, presently confirmed three joint projects: minivans Meriva and Zafira, as well as van Combo. It is expected that these models will be used by the French platform and propulsion systems, and engineering specialists will be engaged in “Opel”. Previously, it was also reported that General Motors engineers will be responsible for creating compactven Citroen C3 Picasso and Opel Meriva future generations, as well as replacement of Peugeot 2008 crossover. In addition, manufacturers will be engaged in creating a common platform for mid-size models. Overall procurement system will also be built, which will allow companies to save up to two billion dollars annually. In 2013, according to Neumann, each of the companies in logistics alliance saved 60 million euro.

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