Industry sources suggest the new Citroen model of similar size to the Peugeot 206 will be built around the same T1 platform, making it logical for the two brands to be built alongside each other. Since last autumn the Citroen Saxo and Peugeot 106 have been in production at Citroen's plant at Aulnay, France. The rationalisation process is expected to leave three common platforms for each brand.
A Peugeot spokesman said: 'It is possible the platform rationalisation strategy would wash through to the UK. But at the moment all Ryton's capacity is taken up by the 206 and with new versions to be introduced this year the plant is going to be stretched as it is.'