Even though the product development and production aspect of GM’s partnership with PSA Peugeot-Citröen is still vague, some details have already emerged. For instance, PSA is expected to build the next-generation Opel/Vauxhall Zafira compact MPV — even though the new GM-engineered model has been regarded as the most competitive vehicle in the segment. To reassure stakeholders, shareholders, and employees all over the world, Opel has gone on record in saying that it will not attempt to cut costs by conducting layoffs at its development center in Rüsselsheim due to the alliance.
The following statement was published on behalf of Opel/Vauxhall CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke:
“As part of the initial announcement earlier this year, GM/Opel and PSA stated their intent to cooperate in several areas including product development. Whatever the final split will be among the agreed common projects, no jobs will be lost in the engineering center in Rüsselsheim due to the alliance – in fact, the nature of the alliance is that it is a balanced one. Opel is leaving no stone unturned to enhance the efficiency and future viability in order to achieve sustainable profitability as quickly as possible in a difficult market environment.”
The GM Authority Take
Not wanting, or perhaps not being able, to cut the workforce is a respectable position, but has us questioning the alliance even more. If it’s not to cut costs or make a better product, what’s the point?