The U.S. automaker appears to be gaining confidence that it doesn’t need partners but products to reverse years of losses in Europe.
General Motors seems to be prepared to let go to he help of France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen or any other partner to stem more than $18 billion in European losses over the past 13 years.
According to GM executives and U.S. suppliers familiar with the company’s plans there is now a growing confidence that what they really need is an ongoing initiative to overhaul and consolidate GM’s global vehicle platforms. This program, he suppliers said, will enable GM to develop and build most future Opel products on its own.
PSA confirmed Wednesday the partners were scaling back a wide-ranging alliance announced in early 2012, with GM likely pulling out of a program to build its next-generation Opel Corsa subcompact on a shared PSA platform.
GM said that planned replacements for two Opel compact vans, the Meriva and the Zafira, both due in 2017, would remain on jointly developed PSA platforms, but declined to comment on the future Corsa.
Last month, GM executives privately confirmed that a significantly revamped Corsa, still based on an old Fiat platform, would be introduced in Europe late next year. The replacement for that car, due in late 2018, was to have shared a new PSA-designed platform designated EMP1 with the next-generation Peugeot 208 and Citroen C3.
Now, it appears the redesigned Corsa in 2018 will be built on a version of GM’s own small-car platform, dubbed Global Gamma or G2XX, the supplier sources said. The same platform is expected to underpin the future replacements for the Chevrolet Sonic/Aveo, the Buick Encore and the Opel Mokka, the suppliers said.
Now GM, under global product development Mary Barra, has begun shifting its future vehicle platforms to basic modules that still use common chassis and powertrain components, but enable much more flexibility in terms of design, size and configurability. The modules can be better tailored to suit individual markets such as China and the United States, GM executives said, while still providing economies of scale.
) - Thursday, October 24th, 2013 - filed under General Motors
. Image credit: .
Discuss: Report – GM could forgo any partnership in Europe and develop Opel alone