With a new Citroen C5 due in 2016, production of the mid-size Citroen will shift from PSA’s Rennes plant to an undisclosed Opel facility. A French car, built by Germans – eat your heart out, Clemens.
The move comes as part of the General Motors-PSA alliance, which sees cars like the C5 and Opel Insignia sharing a GM derived platform, while PSA contributes small car knowledge for the next Citroen C3 and Opel Corsa.
Union officials in France have long maintained that Rennes will be closed, and point to a dwindling workforce – cut in half from just three years ago – as evidence that PSA plans to shutter the plant. But the head of the factory recently told a local newspaper that a 40 million euro investment was planned for the site, which also builds the Citroen C5 and Peugeot 508.