With both brands stuck in a terrible slide after the loss of multiple GM architecture models such as the Mokka X, Karl/Viva, Adam and Zafira, COVID-19 couldn't have happened at a worse time for Opel and Vauxhall.
Groupe PSA sees Citroën as a mere brand and one which must not challenge Peugeot. The lion logo marque is in turn supposed to be near-luxury in the style of how Volkswagen is perceived in most parts of the world. The double chevron symbol make is also sub-DS, a name still battling to gain any traction outside France six years since it was invented.
Groupe PSA has for decades tended to put Peugeot first and there is ample evidence for that continuing. Citroen and more recently DS plus Opel-Vauxhall all need to be funded with fresh models and technology with none of them allowed to challenge prescient Peugeot.
Before their main markets collapsed, the Renault Clio and Peugeot 208 were neck and neck in Europe. One of them should end 2020 as top dog of the 4m long hatchback segment. Whatever the result, the little Peugeot matters more as its CMP architecture will likely form the basis of future Fiats and Jeeps.