Peugeot Reveals Modular Platform To Be Shared With GM


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    PSA Peugeot Citroen has revealed details of a new modular car platform that it will likely share with General Motors Europe. | January 23, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • PSA Peugeot Citroen has revealed details of a new modular car platform that it will likely share with General Motors Europe as part of their alliance.
  • The company will be launching two models on this platform in 2013, including the Peugeot 308's replacement, and from 2016, GM Europe will use the hardware for some new Opels and Vauxhalls.
  • GM and Peugeot have so far confirmed three new vehicle projects on which they will collaborate — a small city car, a compact van and crossover and some small MPVs — but none of these is likely to use the platform.

PARIS — PSA Peugeot Citroen has revealed details of a new modular car platform that it will likely share with General Motors Europe as part of their alliance.

The platform is dimensionally scalable and can be used for models ranging from the Peugeot 308 (a Ford Focus equivalent) to a sedan as large as the recently deleted Citroen C6 (of Ford Taurus size).

The company will be launching two models on this platform in 2013, including the 308's replacement, and from 2016, GM Europe will use the hardware for some new Opels and Vauxhalls.

PSA Peugeot Citroen revealed details of the new platform to business analysts and the media, along with other technologies that include a compressed air and gasoline engine hybrid driveline. The company is currently one of the most troubled manufacturers in Europe (along with GM's Opel) losing large sums as a result of the economic downturn on the continent.

The platform's concept is similar to the much-publicized Volkswagen MQB system, both of them novel for being easily adapted to cars of significantly different sizes to yield major scale economy advantages.

Up to now, most platforms have been adaptable only for models of different body style rather than size. According to Peugeot, hatchbacks, sedans, station wagons, crossovers, MPVs, sport utilities, convertibles and coupes will be based on this hardware. Peugeot believes that the platform, which cost $865.7 million to develop, will eventually underpin 60 percent of the Peugeot and Citroen model ranges.

GM and Peugeot have so far confirmed three new vehicle projects on which they will collaborate — a small city car, a compact van and crossover and some small MPVs — but none of these is likely to utilize the platform. Undecided is whether the replacements for the Opel Insignia, the Peugeot 508 and the Citroen C5 will share core hardware, but if they do they will use this new platform.

Edmunds says: Money-losing PSA Peugeot Citroen needs to generate some optimism about its future prospects, and this platform will help, but it needs to expand rapidly outside Europe to save itself.

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