PSA And FCA Merger Talks Officially Confirmed

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and PSA Group have officially confirmed “ongoing discussions” that could lead to a possible merger.

The rumor that started many months ago was confirmed by both companies and if they agree on every aspect, then they will create one of the biggest car conglomerates worldwide.

In a short press release, PSA said: “Following recent reports on a possible business combination between Groupe PSA and FCA Group, Groupe PSA confirms there are ongoing discussions aiming at creating one of the world’s leading automotive Groups.”

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A few hours later, FCA stepped forward and confirmed the same thing, stating that they have “nothing further to add at this time”.

According to earlier reports, it was the parent company of Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Opel and Vauxhall that approached FCA earlier this year, but they allegedly declined the initial offer. Back then, Fiat-Chrysler was in similar talks with Renault, yet they couldn’t get the French government’s seal of approval, which owns a 15 percent stake, and Nissan’s, which is a partner in the Alliance.

A PSA-FCA merger would help the two companies share production costs and further expand their reach, turning both into even bigger global players. Last year, they sold 8.7 million vehicles combined, which would have put them ahead of General Motors’ 8.4 million, but behind Toyota and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. The Volkswagen Group managed to shift 10.8 million cars in 2018.

FCA could also assist PSA in re-launching the Peugeot brand in the United States.

 

  • WalthamDan

    Forget launching Peugeot. Bring over Opel and all their crossovers. Put them under the Chrysler brand. Send Mary Barra a thank you note.

    • Benjamin B.

      Not only the crossovers but perhaps make a production GT based on the Fiat 124 Spyder/Mazda MX-5. But I can see Opel, Citroen, and Peugeot being sold along side Chrysler models. That being said Chrysler would do much better adding rebadged Peugeots to its lineup. Currently Chrysler sells the Pacifica and the 300. The latter will soon be discontinued while the next generation of its platform
      mate the Dodge Charger will share a platform with the Alfa Romero Guilia, the upcoming compact Guilletta, and an upcoming E-segment sedan.

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        Yeah, and perhaps Mazda, whose intellectuall property the MX-5 is, will tell you to take a hike.

      • Emoto

        Rebadged Opels would be pretty sweet.

        • Marc Gruben

          I don’t know… Opel was never a trend-setter when Buick sold them back in the 70’s; Isuzus rebadged as Opels didn’t do any better. Then we got some Opel-based products under the Saturn brand (the Vectra-based LS Sedans and the Astra hatchback) and they didn’t sell. The Opel Commodore-based Cadillac Catera was a dud. The Buick Regal isn’t even a blip on another blip and the Cascada was a total failure. At what point do we admit that Opel is just not a good fit for the US?

          On the other hand, there is still some nostalgia for Peugeot alive in the US. We had a couple of 604’s when I was a kid, and I always liked the 505 and the 405. I absolutely love the 508, especially the Estate. So yeah, I’m one of those oddballs who’d like to see a Peugeot resurgence here.

          And for the record, I owned a Saturn LS V6 with the Ellesmere Port V6 engine, and it was a great car. Put 185k miles on it before a timing belt tensioner failed at 40 mph. Not good with an interference-design engine.

          • Emoto

            I’m not sure we can compare the Opel of old with what they make currently. Their 2019 lineup is fairly intriguing. They seem like decent cars, and since I differ with FCA management, I would love to see some new Chrysler and Dodge cars on the road. *shrug*

            I happen to like Peugeots and spent time in a 404 wagon and a 504 coupe. I like them. I just don’t think they can go mainstream and sell enough cars to make US entry worth it. Just my opinion.

          • Marc Gruben

            I don’t disagree that their current lineup is intriguing, its just that US consumers aren’t intrigued. The just-discontinued Cascada, past and current generation Regals, the Tour-X, the Verano – these are all fairly recent cars. I brought up the past vehicles because anybody who knows anything about Opel knows that they have been consistent failures in the US. The current lineup is sold by Buick so what are you proposing? That we take them away from Buick and try selling them again, under a new nameplate? A nameplate that GM tried and failed with so many times that they finally got rid of it? I mean, Buick itself is not a strong seller in this country anymore and the Opels are not doing the brand any favors. There comes a time where you just have to cut bait.

            Peugeot, on the other hand, at least wouldn’t be coming in with so much baggage. They’d be under tremendous pressure to get it absolutely right or they’d be doomed, just as Fiat is. Look at how bad FCA botched the launch of the Alfa Giulia, a beautiful car with so much promise. The 500 in all its guises is a failure. I can’t see Fiat remaining a viable entity in this market. Peugeot has a much more compelling and well-rounded lineup and I truly believe they’d have a much better chance in a relaunch, as long as they bring the right mix of vehicles and the quality is first-rate.

    • slither16

      Opel should go back to GM. Opel becoming a mopar is a crime against humanity.

      • William rowe

        lol Opel Mopar has a nice ring to it though, come on think positive lol

  • dj_aris

    Can’t wait for the new Lancia Cactus! Seriously though, FCA is in desperate need of B & C models and is probably looking for a merge. I think that the real news here (after the Renault attempt) is that FCA is really trying very hard to find a Peugeot Partner (sorry for the pun).

    • Bash

      How would you explain the talk about it was PSA who has approached FCA for a possible merger and not the other way around if FCA is really desperate to find a Partner or trying hard as you said.

      • dj_aris

        Probably because “FCA could also assist PSA in re-launching the Peugeot brand in the United States”

      • RobPul

        Articles referring to talks between PSA and FCA date back to before the proposed FCA-Renault merger.

        Both PSA’s and Renault’s CEOs saw very positively a merger with FCA, clearly because of the French groups’ excessive focus on Europe and lack of scale compared to the top players. So I guess Taveres has been very happy of the French state blocking the Renault deal.

    • Benjamin B.

      Lancia has already been canceled I’m sorry mate

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      I see you speak the Berlingo. I don’t think that FCA is the perfect Partner. Peugeot needs to Dodge this one or they too could get dragged down into a Chrysleris.

      I’ll get my coat….

  • ThatGuy

    This means Dodge can get new cars with all the underpinnings and that means good growth.
    I hope they do that and make it global and get me a right hand drive Dodge.
    Come on life give me a Dodge Dart that’s reliable and comes with right hand drive

  • Benjamin B.

    Why Peugeot? I’m more interested in Opel and Citroen tbh.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Opel and Citroen are already under the same umbrella.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    cannot wait for 5008 based journey’s successor

  • Stephen G

    Oh no…the Doge Challenger, that has more sales than Mustang or Camaro is dead! And the Dodge Charger that sells more cars than Impala and Taurus combined is dead. Please tell me that’s not true.

    • Toronado_II

      Jeep is the diamond of the group.

  • alexxx

    Good move I guess…

  • Marc Gruben

    This is like the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins merging

    • ksegg

      I can’t wait until we get a Peugeot 108 based off a chopped in half Wrangler platform with a Hellcat engine, combined gloriously with an all Renault interior, DS wheels, Chrysler 300 headlights, and Dodge badges up front and optional Vauxhall doors.

      • Perry F. Bruns

        I want a Citroën interior. Sanity is overrated.

  • Toronado_II

    Cool !
    So PSFCA automotive group !
    I would like to see DS in N-A.

    • JRP

      Peugeot Société Fiat Chrysler Automobiles? I’d go with Fiat-Chrysler-Peugeot Automobiles (or FCPA) like Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.

  • Julien Lachemoi

    I don’t think it would such a good idea for PSA.

  • uS’gedlemba

    I think Chrysler is trying to part ways with FIAT and PSA is interested…same way they did the Opel take over.

    • RobPul

      Chrysler doesn’t exist anymore, it died in bankruptcy. Fiat resurrected it and merged into a single FCA entity that basically (and unfortunately) focused most resources on growing Jeep, letting other brands with little to build on.

      Maybe it was Marchionne’s plan all along, who knows, build a North and South America focused FCA with niche products in Europe, as perfect complement to a mostly Europe-focused group such as PSA or Renault, or to an Asia-focused one.

      • MarketAndChurch

        With the help of a 3.5 billion dollar loan from the Department of Energy, so the Obama administration loaned them ownership until they could afford to buy out the rest of Chrysler corp.

    • Hot Twink

      “Chrysler” can’t part with Fiat. Fiat owns 100 percent of the former Chrysler Group. That means Fiat owns the Chrysler brand, Dodge brand, RAM brand, and Jeep brand.

      There is no more Chrysler Group. It’s all Fiat now. There was even talk early on after Fiat bought out Chrysler LLC about whether Fiat would keep “Chrysler” in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) or if they were simply going with Fiat Group Automobiles (FGA).

  • RobPul

    Two profitable groups complementing each other, it makes a lot of sense: one strong in North and South America, the other in Europe and with access to Asia; plus brands to leverage in every sector including premium.

    Hopefully as a merged entity they’ll be much more balanced in terms of geographic presence and products, and will have the resources to properly invest in EV.

  • MarkoS

    A decent matchup that will help them prepare and survive the future. I think the Chrysler brand is probably dead either way use in the company name like Daimler. This group would need to round it out with an Asian company. I am not sure though just how any PSA branded vehicles would fit in in the USA though. Maserati should have been spun off with Ferrari, serving as that companies Sedan, Touring Coupe, and SUV arm.

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