The French automaker – who recently acquired Germany’s Opel and its British subsidiary Vauxhall – has come to the conclusion that its own assembly locations are more efficient than Opel’s.
This is interesting – since the group, now the second largest automaker in Europe – should have it the other way around, because Germans are known for productivity and efficiency, not the French. Now there’s also a report further investigating the recent conclusions of PSA’s management, who allegedly came to believe the engines developed in Rüsselsheim are also not that good as the ones made at Citroen and Peugeot factories. The solution to rectify the issue apparently will be to cease their manufacturing altogether – with Opel and Vauxhall eventually switching to PSA engines, which has the potential to impact thousands of jobs.
More so, and this isn’t automotive gossip anymore, as it has been officially announced during an interview with the PSA development chief, Gilles Le Borgne, that PSA architectures will gradually be introduced for all Opel/Vauxhall models: “We will gradually start using PSA platforms and engines for the Opel model lineup. This won’t happen overnight. It will take a few years,” he explained. The engine situation is not decided yet, but Le Borgne added they will only be useful if “substantial increases in efficiency in all areas” can be achieved, as PSA also wants to avoid paying royalties to GM for too long – “We want to dispense with any payments for licensing fees as quickly as possible.”