PSA In The Reds

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
psa in the reds

Europe’s second-largest automotive group PSA Peugeot Citroen is looking at red ink. PSA’s automotive operating loss excluding one-time items was 92 million euros ($121 million), after a 621 million profit the previous year, Reuters says.

PSA racked-up a 497 million-euro loss in the second half of 2011, after a 405 million profit posted in the first six months of the year. This does not bode well for 2012 which looks like a tough year for European automakers. PSA raised its saving target and considers sales of assets in a battle against rising debt.

The red ink should fuel speculations about a tie-up with Fiat, which had been rumored ever since Sergio Marchionne said that “he would be willing, in principle, to be part of a consolidation that would create another car company in Europe rivaling Volkswagen AG in size.”

Rival Volkswagen in the meantime is expected to exceed the record profits of 2010 when it presents the 2011 balance sheet on March 10.

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  • Pete Kohalmi Pete Kohalmi on Feb 15, 2012

    I don't know all that much about Peugeot and Citroen. Is their biggest market France? I think they're all over Europe and even South America, Asia, and Africa no? I'd like to see them here in the states. It would spice things up here. I've heard those old Peugeots are cheap but very durable. Anyone know?

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    • Dr.Nick Dr.Nick on Feb 15, 2012

      Not sure I've heard an old Peugeot referred to as reliable, but there's plenty still around in Africa. Since PSA make mainly hatchbacks, and Americans plain don't like hatchbacks, I don't think there's much of a chance they'll ever come back here.

  • Chipper Carb Chipper Carb on Feb 15, 2012

    I would love to see a new Citroen sitting in my driveway, bring on a Fiat merger!

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    • Athos Nobile Athos Nobile on Feb 15, 2012

      @charly "PSA sells one million cars in Iran so i doubt they would want to be under any American pressure." Really?

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Feb 16, 2012

    Is there a car in that picture?

    • A is A A is A on Feb 17, 2012

      Yes, a disguised 1980s Peugeot 309 (a enlarged 205 derivation).

  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Feb 20, 2012

    They are not known for durability - typical South European car. I know we avoided used ones as a plague. Nothing like Volvo, Ford, Opel or VW or even SAAB (RIP). But they are not as weird as Renaults and 405 used to handle well. I saw lot of them in Israel so assume they sell in ME. Why prefer Peugeot over FORD/Opel/VW/Volvo/Audi - have no idea. But I can understand that people may like them better than Korean or Japanese car.