Less than a day after PSA announced their new EMP2 modular platform for C and D Segment cars, TTAC was already questioning the health of the seemingly moribund GM-PSA alliance for medium and large-size cars. Now, we have an answer – Opel will be adopting EMP2.
Under the deal, the Opel Zafira and Peugeot 3008 MPVs will be built on the EMP2 platform, while smaller MPVs like the Peugeot 2008 and Citroen C3 Picasso (which are B-segment cars and thus not covered by EMP2) will be engineered by GM at Opel’s facility in Ruesselsheim, along with the standard B-Segment cars, using an older PSA B-segment platform.
Notably absent was any mention of any larger C or D segment cars, as originally announced in the summer. Opel’s Steve Girsky told Reuters that, with respect to the Zafira, ”we didn’t have enough volume to justify doing it on our own”. Ostensibly, PSA didn’t have the volume for the Citroen C5 or Peugeot 508 to do a D-segment car on their own either. The big question is, what happened to these plans? Opel’s own Insignia at least has some export potential to help add volume, but the missing large sedan is a big question mark in a plan put forth by two auto makers with dim prospects.