Detroit / paris / russelsheim, 24. October 2012 – europe’s interest in cars dwinds, especially small cars are bleoftwer in the expenses. Especially with them, however, it makes the mass, therefore the high, in the long run but ruinosen discounts at the handlers. For the european carmakers, which make their sales mainly in the lower segments, it becomes easy.
Compactvan, crossover, small car and lower middle class
To survive the threatening sales crisis, now opel and peugeot / citroen are now enough. Appearance was a mutual substitution of general motors and PSA already since 29. February 2012, today the first projects are announced. For cost reduction, four vehicles could be built on a common basis. The manufacturers sell the development of four common vehicle platforms in different segments:
– "A joint program for a compact multi-purpose van for opel / vauxhall and a compact crossover utility vehicle for the peugeot brand – a common multi-purpose vehicle program for the small car segment for opel / vauxhall and the citroen brand – a width platform for small consumption small cars as the basis for the next vehicle generation of opel / vauxhall and PSA in europe and in the rest of the world – a joint program for the vehicles of the D-segment of opel / vauxhall and the brands peugeot and citroen "
The first cars from this alliance should come to the market by the end of 2016. In addition, the strong of the respective shopping areas should be used. Thus, two billion dollars (ie about one and a half billion euros) are saved. The ambitious goal is to be achieved within five years.
"The same in grun" was threesome product piracy
The early "collaboration" between opel and citroen was brilliantly three product piracy. She gave the opel 4/12 hp, called "leaffrog". From 1924 opel built the citroen 5CV almost identical, only in grun instead of yellow painted. So came the "leaffrog" to his name and the vernacular to a new saying: "the same in grun."