According to a report by German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the next-generation Citroën DS5 and Peugeot 508 will be built at GM’s Rüsselsheim plant in Germany. The paper cites sources who state that the Citroën will commence production in 2015 followed by the Peugeot in 2016.
If true, the development would result in the PSA products sharing their platforms with the next-generation Opel Insignia, while the next-generation Citroën DS5 would effectively replace the C5; currently, the DS5 is a compact hatchback and the C5 is a mid-size sedan.
The move will allow the Rüsselsheim plant to run three shifts, bringing a much-needed operations scale to a segment that has continued to shrink over the last decade. However, with half a million units produced, Opel’s Insignia appears to be doing just fine; perhaps the same can not be said of the Citroën and Peugeot.
For its part, PSA has dismissed the report as “speculation”.
The GM Authority Take
If nothing else, the development is the first sign of significant large-scale results from the GM-PSA alliance announced in February of this year. Under the partnership, GM and PSA would share platforms, component modules, and other technology, while enjoying increased savings in the departments of logistics and purchasing.
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Hat tip to Rocky.