PSA Peugeot Citroen and General Motors have revealed they are to team up to build the next generation of their light vans at the PSA plant in Vigo, Spain.
The vehicles, which will come to market in 2018, will replace the current Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and Opel/Vauxhall Combo models and will be developed on the French brands’ latest LCV architecture, according to the manufacturers.
In a joint statement the companies said:
“The alliance between PSA and GM is based on a balanced approach. The vehicles of both manufacturers will be differentiated and consistent with their respective brand appearance.”
GM and PSA began collaborating in December 2013 and the agreement has so far produced B-segment multi-purpose passenger cars from GM’s plant in Zaragoza, Spain and C-segment crossover utility vehicles from the PSA factory in Sochaux, France.
Opel/Vauxhall’s current Combo, which it launched in the UK in 2012, is the result of a collaboration with Fiat Professional and is assembled alongside the Doblo Cargo van at the Italian brand’s plant in Turkey. Fiat launched a facelifted Doblo Cargo in March but Vauxhall did not introduce the revisions to the Combo.
Citroen and Peugeot unveiled facelifted versions of their respective Berlingo and Partner vans, which are already built in Vigo, at the CV Show in April.