Opel, PSA end plans for shared subcompact platform

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FRANKFURT -- General Motors' Opel unit and partner PSA/Peugeot-Citroen said today that they are abandoning plans to co-develop a common platform for subcompact cars.

The automakers also said a planned cooperation on small gasoline engines will be scrapped, but the partners' plan to work on B-segment light commercial vehicles will continue.

Opel also said PSA will build a C-CUV (compact crossover utility vehicle) at its factory in Sochaux, France. Opel gave no details of the model but reports said it will be the successor to the Opel/Vauxhall Zafira Tourer minivan.

Plans to build the new Opel Meriva and Citroen C3 Picasso small minivans together at Opel’s plant in Zaragoza, Spain, announced earlier this year, will also go ahead, the companies said.

Separately, Opel today announced it would build a new model at its Ruesselsheim factory but declined to provide further details on the model for competition reasons.

Today's announcement on ending cooperation on subcompact models comes after PSA said in October that the partners were scaling back a wide-ranging alliance announced in February 2012, with GM likely pulling out of a program to build its next-generation Corsa subcompact on a shared PSA platform.

The Corsa replacement, due in late 2018, was to have shared a new PSA-designed platform designated EMP1 with the next-generation Peugeot 208 and Citroen C3.

Now, it appears the redesigned 2018 Corsa will be built on a version of GM's own small-car platform, dubbed Global Gamma or G2XX, supplier sources said.

A significantly revamped Corsa, which is still based on an old Fiat platform, is due to be introduced in Europe late next year.

Reuters contributed to this report

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