PSA Groupe continues to integrate its latest acquisitions, Opel and Vauxhall, into the business, and more details surrounding the brands’ futures have come to light.
We already know PSA plans to reduce redundancies and move Opel vehicles over to its own platforms, but Opel engines won’t be long for this world, either. Automotive News Europe reports PSA plans to place its own engines under the hoods of Opels sooner rather than later. The consequences of this may mean job cuts at Opel, which employs hundreds of engineers.
“We will gradually start using PSA platforms and engines for the Opel model lineup,” PSA development chief Gilles Le Borgne told Automobilwoche a sister publication of Automotive News Europe. “This won’t happen overnight. It will take a few years.”
Although PSA didn’t announce any official switches from Opel powertrains to PSA ones, it’s inevitable, and PSA brass alluded to it. “Opel will draw on experiences from our own restructuring, so we expect synergies to be gained with every model replacement,” Le Borgne added.
Peter Fintl, a director of technology at Altran, which works with PSA on powertrain technology, said the automaker has no use for Opel’s conventional technology, which paints a dim picture for engineers. Opel has 3,000 engineers on hand, and most were working on GM-related projects when the sale was finalized.