The PSA Groupe bought Opel from GM to make more money, rather to lose it. The French automaker is currently in the process of integrating the German brand into its business and, some reports state that it plans on letting go of the overwhelming majority of the Opel vehicle development team.
According to a recent Reuters report, many Opel engineers are likely to be replaced with those from PSA. Specifically, the report states that worker representatives fear that PSA will only retain 800 out of 7,700 Opel employees working in vehicle and program development once the integration is complete.
However, there is reason to believe that this might not be the case. PSA chief Carlos Tavares recently stated that the firm is not planning a mass exodus of employees.
“With Opel, our development capacity has grown by 50 percent. We now have the great opportunity to use this development power”, stated the CEO.
Even so, it seems that reductions in Opel employees and factories is unavoidable under PSA, which has stated time and time again that it will move quickly to integrate vehicles onto its architectures.
Opel is said to be working on a plan for profitability, which is due to its new parent firm in November. So, looks like we’ll see how this plays out in the next several months.