PARIS - Jean-Martin Folz will unveil his strategy for revamping PSA manufacturing operations this week, 123 days after taking over as chairman from Jacques Calvet.
Peugeot and Citroen models with common platforms will be built in the same plants. Folz will give details to senior managers, heads of PSA's distributors and union officials at a meeting on 21 January.
Peugeot and Citroen models are now built in separate plants, even if based on identical platforms. The new alignment is expected to be implemented gradually.
Sources say PSA's Rennes plant in northwest France will produce the Peugeot Z8, the successor to the 605 due in 1999, and also the replacements for the Peugeot 406 and Citroen Xantia, due after 2000. Rennes now builds four different Citroen models.
Successors to the Peugeot 306 and Citroen Xsara will be built in Sochaux, in eastern France. Sochaux now builds only Peugeots.
Mulhouse, in Alsace-Lorraine, will get the superminis, starting with the Peugeot 207, the successor to the 205 due later this year. Peugeot 106s and Citroen Saxos will be made in Aulnay, outside Paris. Aulnay now builds only Saxos. PSA's plant in Vigo, Spain, will continue building the Citroen Berlingo/Peugeot Partner light commercial vehicle.
PSA has four other plants in Europe.
'There is a natural trend towards such an organization,' said a PSA engineering executive. 'But you have to be careful. The one-platform, one-plant system leads to rigidity. It needs to be eased by safety valves somewhere else.'