The French company's plants work at higher capacity.

PSA’s new addition to the lineup, Germany’s Opel and its British subsidiary Vauxhall, are less efficient in its production compared to the French manufacturer. That’s what PSA’s CEO Carlos Tavares says after visiting Opel plants in Zaragoza, Spain, and Russelsheim, Germany, to compare them against PSA facilities.

"The gaps I have seen so far are quite big," Tavares commented speaking to reporters at the Frankfurt Motor Show. "What I have seen so far is PSA is more productive and more efficient than the Opel sites. I also expect to find situations where Opel will be better than PSA, so that PSA people can learn."

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According to analysis by LMC Automotive, under General Motors ownership, the Opel’s Zaragoza plant was at 78 percent capacity, while Russelsheim was at 51 percent. In comparison, PSA’s largest factories (Vigo in Portugal and Sochaux in France) were at 78 percent and 83 percent respectively, while its Poissy and Mulhouse sites were running at full capacity.

Currently, Opel operates a total of six factories in Europe - Ellesmere Port and Luton in England, Eisenach in Germany, and Gliwice in Poland, as well as the two aforementioned plants in Zaragoza and Russelsheim. In addition, the marque has powertrain facilities in Austria, Germany, and Hungary.

2017 Opel Insignia
2017 Opel Insignia

According to rumors, the future of some of those plants is unclear at the moment, as Opel’s new French owner wants to maximize synergies and minimize costs by developing vehicles on shared platforms, leading to production of similar vehicles in the same factory.

The first vehicle developed by the two companies in cooperation is already on sale, the Crossland X, and soon its bigger brother, the Grandland X, will reach the market, too. The next generation Corsa was already confirmed to move to a platform from PSA as well.

Source: Automotive News

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