As part of its ‘Push To Pass’ strategic plan, Groupe PSA says it has been scaling back the number of its platforms worldwide and has described the platform consolidation process to two platforms and its plans out to 2025.
It says the plans will ultimately lead to the manufacture of all Groupe PSA passenger cars on two multi-energy platforms, the Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2) launched in 2013 and the Common Modular Platform (CMP) first launched with the DS3 Crossback.
PSA says it has also begun an ‘assertive campaign’ to introduce electrified versions of its vehicles from 2019. The new models made on these two platforms will be available in internal combustion (petrol and diesel), electric and hybrid versions ‘in tune with the transition of energy deployment’.
Plan for 2019-2021
The core models, essentially city cars from all Groupe PSA brands, will be produced utilising CMP. Starting in 2019, the platform will also be available in a variant equipped with a 100% electric powertrain (eCMP). Groupe PSA plans to launch seven new electric vehicles produced on eCMP by 2021.
The mid- and high-end body styles of the five Groupe PSA brands will be produced on EMP2 platform. In addition to petrol and diesel engines, EMP2 will also facilitate the Plug-in Hybrid petrol-Electric Vehicle powertrain (PHEV). By 2021, the Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall brands are to launch eight new PHEVs.
All of the Groupe PSA range will be electrified by 2025, PSA says.
Gilles Le Borgne, PSA Executive Vice President for Quality and Engineering, said: “The ingenious design of its two platforms and the streamlining of its series production processes have given Groupe PSA the flexibility to adapt to changes in the energy mix in its various markets.
“This means we can offer all our customers around the world a comprehensive range of internal combustion vehicles, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles that meet their usage needs and contribute to ever more responsible mobility.”
PSA says CMP is dedicated to the manufacture of all compact city cars (B segment), entry-level and mid-range saloons (C segment) and compact SUVs, from Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel or Vauxhall brands.
EMP2, which covers the development and manufacture of vehicles in the C, D and SUV segments.
PSA maintains that CMP boasts great modularity, particularly in terms of dimensions. It says there are two track widths, three wheelbases, three rear modules and the capability to offer several wheel diameters), allowing Groupe PSA to provide customers with a broad range of body styles, from city/urban cars and saloons to SUVs. Moreover, PSA says CMP can be ‘optimised to make internal combustion and electric versions on the same production line’.