Aversa noted that PSA and FCA have collaborated on large vans for decades, at the Sevel joint venture plants in France and Italy, although the cooperation in France ended in 2012.
FCA also used to assemble small vans for PSA, the Peugeot Bipper and Citroen Nemo, at FCA’s Tofas plant in Turkey until 2017.
“They have been partners for 30-plus years,” Aversa said. “You might argue that they have had these synergies for years” at the platform level.
The two automakers’ remaining joint factory in southern Italy produced about 300,000 large vans last year: 163,000 Fiat Ducatos and 137,000 of the Peugeot Boxer and Citroen Jumper.
PSA’s smaller vans, the midsize Peugeot Expert and Citroen Jumpy, are built at its factory in Hordain, in northern France, the site of the former PSA-Fiat joint venture. Compact vans — the Partner, Berlingo and Opel Vivaro — are built in neighboring factories in northern Spain and Portugal.
A Vauxhall-branded version of the Vivaro is built in Luton, England. Opel’s large van, the Movano, has been built by Renault in Batilly, in northern France, but is expected to move to a PSA site, possibly in Poland.
Among Fiat’s smaller vans, the midsize Talento is built by Renault in Sandouville, in northern France, while the compact Doblo and small Fiorino are built by the Tofas joint venture in Turkey.