According to French economic website lesechos.fr, citing a source close to the German carmaker, BMW and Peugeot Citroen could decide against extending their partnership on small petrol engines after it expires in 2016.
This report also builds on the basis that PSA has been scaling down partnerships with other carmakers since its alliance with General Motors and the source cited by the French said: “since PSA launched itself into its alliance with GM … the industrial logics have diverged.”
Still, contacted by the Reuters agency, a spokesman for PSA declared, “The cooperation is alive and runs until 2016. There has been no communication at this stage on (what happens) after 2016.”
However, Norbert Reithofer has said in the past it no longer needed PSA’s help on motors since it was developing its own scalable engine architecture for three, four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines that would keep costs low.