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PSA restructures its production facilities in rationalisation bid

THE PSA Peugeot Citroen Group is undergoing a massive restructuring of its manufacturing operation in a move which will see both manufacturers produce more vehicles in the same factories. The Peugeot Partner and Citroen Berlingo are already made at the same plant in Vigo, Spain, and as of a fortnight ago, Citroen's Aulnay plant started to produce the Peugeot 106 in addition to the Citroen Saxo.

Such developments will increase as PSA rationalises its platform line-up, according to PSA chairman Jean Martin Folz. He said the group builds on seven platforms, but within four years these will be cut to three for 75% of its range. Three directors will oversee all models produced from these platforms - code-named the PF1, PF2 and PF3 - whether Peugeot or Citroen vehicles.

In addition, PSA will look to increase the number of shared common parts between Peugeot and Citroen to more than 60% from its current figure below 40%, while maintaining separate brands. Expensive items such as air conditioning, for example, can be shared without any dilution of the marques. Folz confirmed, however, that there will not be an obvious Citroen version of the 206, in the way that the 106 and Citroen Saxo resemble each other, but said a Citroen based on the 206 platform is a possibility. So is a new executive-sized car to replace the Citroen XM and Peugeot 605, although PSA is keeping tight-lipped about production developments and dates.

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