PSA-boss bets on Opel staff to realize shift to profitability
Six weeks after the take-over of Opel by French PSA-group, PSA boss Carlos Tavares says betting on the “highly motivated staff of Opel being the solution and not the problem on the road to profitability”. Concrete plans will be unveiled after 100 days, in November.
Tavares said at the eve of the IAA motor show in Frankfurt, he will provide the means, ‘up to 110 pro cent’ to the engineers at Opel’s R&D centre in Rüsselsheim to make themselves independent of the the former mother house’s technology at General Motors to apply with the European CO2 goals in the future. Tavares called the former Opel CO2 strategy with the stand-alone Ampera-E ‘insufficient’.
Plug-in hybrid Grandland X
A first step will be the on the IAA presented plug-in hybrid version of Opel’s Grandland X, based on PSA’s Peugeot 3008. Peugeot itself isn’t present at the Frankfurt motor show. Tavares said more ‘electric’ Opels will follow and management will be allowed to bring out new models on the PSA-developed platform. Nevertheless Opel has to take into account that PSA with its Peugeot, Citroën and DS brands plan to have 80% of its models electrified by 2023.
Highly valued German brand
The PSA boss emphasized the importance within the new group of Opel, being a highly valued German brand. He didn’t exclude the possibility of Opel’s R&D facilities in Rüsselsheim becoming the development centre for the entire group in the future.
Tavares criticized however the Opel factories not to have reached the self set goals in the past, but said he was optimistic that with a motivated workforce this would change.