Along with General Motors divesting its shares in French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen comes the realization that plans for a low-emission compact vehicle program that was announced back when the not-so-strategic alliance was originally initiated, are no more. It would have been the next Opel Corsa and Citroen C3.
Instead, GM will develop a new architecture independent from PSA to support the Corsa, but won’t be ready to go for several years, some say as late as 2018.
GM and PSA also scrapped plans for a joint midsized sedan project previously. Out of the four initially announced projects, only two will continue forward, being a subcompact B-segment MPV (next Citroen C3 Picasso and Opel Meriva) and compact C-segment MPV which is expected to be the next Opel Zafira. And while nobody is going to fess this up, it could be because both companies have already committed the money to retool plants to manufacture these projects.