FCA And PSA Rumored To Be Discussing A Joint “Super Platform”

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has reportedly rebuffed PSA’s merger advances, but it appears the two companies could still be holding talks.

According to Bloomberg, the automakers are exploring a potential partnership to create a so-called “super platform.” Little is known about the proposed architecture, but it appears the platform would be designed with the European market in mind.

A lot of details remain unconfirmed, but it’s believed the joint effort would lower development costs. The new platform could also give FCA a chance to revive its struggling European lineup.

One person familiar with the talks told Bloomberg the discussions could be officially announced by the end of the first half of the year. If the talks are successful, insiders believe the scope of the partnership could expanded in the future. There’s no word on specifics, but people told the publication the tie-up would likely involve joint investments in new electric vehicles.

Last month, reports surfaced that PSA was exploring collaborations or mergers with several automakers. PSA CEO Carlos Tavares was said to be particularly interested in a partnership with either FCA or General Motors.

FCA CEO Mike Manley hinted he was open to the possibility of a partnership as he used to the Geneva Motor Show to say he would look at “any deal that would make Fiat stronger.” Despite this, reports surfaced last week that FCA ruled out the possibility of a merger as the automaker didn’t want to increase its expose in Europe – among other things.

Given this rumored reluctance, it seems odd that FCA would now be interested in a European focused joint platform. However, only time will tell if the rumors pan out.

  • Benjamin B.

    Great have Fiat Chrysler merge with Peugeot! Meh.

  • dufonrafal .

    PSA and FCA already have a partnership in Vans, so why not?

    • CitizenKane

      Not anymore. the latest vans are developed with Toyota (like the superminis) while Fiat is rebadging Renault.
      Only the trio Fiorino/Qubo-Bipper-Nemo is still in production but not for long.

      • dufonrafal .

        Ducato/Boxer/Jumper/ProMaster

  • alexxx

    Do it.

  • they should. Its cheaper to build many car in one transferable platform.

    VW have MQB that shared with Audi, Seat, and Skoda
    Geely and Volvo have the BMA and CMA that were shared between them, Proton, Lynk & Co, and Lotus.

    Others carmaker has too..

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