PSA Peugeot Citroën has announced a massive lineup reduction from 45 to 26 models by 2020.

PSA Peugeot Citroën has announced a massive lineup reduction from 45 to 26 models by 2020.

PSA chief Carlos Tavares says this drastic decision has been taken as a method to optimize the use of platforms which will reduce costs with development and production. In addition, the time necessary for research will be used more efficiently as a result of focusing on just 26 models rather than the current 45-model lineup.

He also announced PSA will continue to turn the DS into a "full-fledged" premium brand sitting alongside Peugeot and Citroën, with the three lineups being complementary.

All these important decisions are part of a "back in the race" roadmap that will also include a further expansion in China. They want to triple production by 2020 with help from joint-venture partner Dongfeng as well as enlarge the DS family. Moreover, PSA will boost the modernization process of its factories to cut costs.

PSA Peugeot Citroen to reduce lineup from 45 to 26 models by 2020