MULHOUSE, France - PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will base a new small Citroen model on the new 206 platform, according to PSA President Jean-Martin Folz.
Folz said the Citroen version will share nearly two-thirds of its components with the 206, but will look different.
He did not say how the model would fit into Citroen's existing lineup, nor when it would be introduced.
Citroen's Saxo supermini shares a platform with the Peugeot 106 mini and the lower-medium Xantia shares components with the Peugeot 306.
Folz said the Citroen model will 'be distinctive - you will never be able to see a Citroen that can be identified with the Peugeot 206 in the way the Saxo is identified with the 106.'
Within four years, he said 75 percent of PSA production will be on three platforms. 'The rest will be models that are running out. We want each of our major plants to be dedicated to one platform'
Folz defined a platform as not only the chassis and engine, but other 'important unseen items like air conditioning.'
Peugeots and Citroens will share at least 60 percent of their parts in the future, up from about 40 percent today, he said.
The managers of the two brands' development teams will be brought together whenever the teams are working on cars on the same platform.
Folz said that will prevent the two brands' cars 'drifting too far apart, or too close together.'
Peugeot and Citroen models have been built in separate plants, even when based on identical platforms. But Folz said that in the future, all PSA plants that make at least 1,000 cars a day on one platform are likely to make both the Peugeot and Citroen versions.