Home / Cars / ‘Think of what PSA/FCA can do, not what they can’t’

‘Think of what PSA/FCA can do, not what they can’t’

Steve Fowler 2019-11-06 12:30

Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks PSA and FCA could achieve incredible things together

We've kind of been here before (insert Renault where you see PSA), but the news that FCA (think Fiat, Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Maserati, Abarth, Dodge and others) is joining forces with PSA (Peugeot, Citroen, Vauxhall/Opel, DS) fills me with huge excitement.

Sadly that’s not the case everywhere, with Unite union boss and doom-monger-in-chief Des Quinn saying: “Merger talks combined with Brexit uncertainty is deeply unsettling for Vauxhall’s UK workforce, which is one of the most efficient in Europe.

Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot Citroen merger gets board approval

“The fact remains, merger or not, if PSA wants to use a great British brand like Vauxhall to sell cars and vans in the UK, then it has to make them here in the UK.”

I totally agree that Vauxhall’s UK workforce is super-efficient, but Mr Quinn clearly doesn’t realise the majority of today’s Vauxhalls aren’t made in the UK anyway.

We’ve reported before that PSA is considering turning Ellesmere Port into a right-hand-drive plant for its brands – an idea described as “making sense” by senior PSA execs. So with more brands joining the family, that’s surely good news for the workers at Ellesmere Port?

In PSA and FCA, you have two automotive giants with some of the best leaders in the business in Carlos Tavares and Mike Manley. What the two companies could achieve together could be incredible.

Yes, there are efficiencies to be made, as you’d expect. And Tavares in particular has shown how adept he is in making car companies more efficient and, therefore, more profitable in a relatively short space of time.

But efficiencies can also lead to more choice. You’ve only got to look at the proliferation of product within the Volkswagen empire to realise that a great number of great cars simply wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the efficiencies you get from sharing technologies among brands. FCA and PSA have great brands and I can’t wait to see them produce a greater number of models.

Do you agree with Steve? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…

About Alex Ward

Check Also

BMW 330e vs Volvo S60 T8

Auto Express 2019-11-16 10:00 As the automotive world becomes increasingly electrified, we find out which does it better out of the BMW 330e and Volvo S60 T8 There’s no escaping the fact that the future of the car contains some electrified element. Many new electric cars are launching and proving that such technology is genuinely viable, but what if a full EV still isn’t a realistic proposition for you? Could your motoring future lie with a plug-in hybrid car? Manufacturers are quite literally plugging every gap in their line-ups, and with hybrid technology advancing, these cars now require few compromises but offer big financial incentives when it comes to tax, fuel and other running costs. The latest model to join the ranks is BMW’s 330e, a plug-in version of the German firm’s 3 Series junior executive saloon that combines petrol and electric power. That means there’s only one rival: the Volvo S60 T8. The Swedish brand has proved something of a pioneer when it comes to plug-in pow..

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *