United States (US) auto giant General Motors (GM) has increased its stake in French automaker Peugeot above a 5 percent regulatory threshold after subscribing to the French company’s capital increase last month.
Under the agreement, a joint global committee aims to generate some US$2 billion (S$2.5 billion) in savings annually within about five years.
GM Chief Executive Dan Akerson said recently that two jointly developed cars are likely to go on sale by 2016.
Peugeot’s registrations fell 33% in March to 59,290, while local rival Renault suffered a 30% drop to 42,908 cars, with a particularly sharp fall in registrations for its low-cost Dacia brand, down 57%.
Opel registrations fell 26% to 11,680 cars.
Developing vehicles jointly — if executed properly and across a number of vehicle platforms — could amount to billions in savings beyond the purchasing and development figure.
A typical product program starts at roughly $1 billion and can cost several billion dollars.