Reports out of Italy have suggested that Fait and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen are looking into the possibility of merging as a way to survive the current financial crisis.
Reports out of Italy have suggested that Fiat and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen are looking into the possibility of merging as a way to survive the current financial crisis. The news comes just days after Fiat's CEO, Sergio Marchionne, stated that the company would need to find another automotive partner to ensure the company's survival in light of the recent economic downturn.
The issue seems to have reached a high enough level that leaders in both France and Italy have held discussions on the matter. According to analysts a merger between the two companies would make sense, considering that both have extensive experience making small cars and the two have worked together since 1978 on joint projects such as the recent Peugeot Boxer, Citroën Jumper and Fiat Ducato vans. If the two companies were to merge their combined output would rival Volkswagen and Renault-Nissan, making the proposed company the fourth largest automaker in the world.
Any potential merger would take months to complete, but if such as tie-up does occur hopefully we can expect the return of the Citroen SM.