The PSA Group bought Opel/Vauxhall from General Motors earlier this year and it has continued to expand its operations by signing an agreement with Chinese manufacturer Changan Automobile.
The agreement entails the co-development of a new vehicle platform, for light commercial vehicles (LCV), which will be built at the Ding Zhou Changan facility, and also the development of a new one-ton bakkie for both companies.
The bakkie is expected to only roll off the production line in 2020 and PSA and Changan say that the vehicle will have to meet “the most stringent worldwide regulations and customer’s expectations with a very strong design, and uncompromising quality and durability.”
PSA’s EVP of Programs and Strategy, Patrice Lucas, states that this product is “complementary to the Peugeot pickup recently launched in Africa”, adding that it “will support” their “comeback on this growing market segment”, and that it’s part of their ‘Push to Pass’ plan.
Note: Peugeot bakkie pictured