Mitsubishi and PSA a team again

  • 28-May-2010 10:21 EDT

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and PSA Peugeot Citroën have agreed to another collaboration, the most recent one (announced April 28) on development of a compact SUV. The agreement provides for the development and adaptation for both the Peugeot and Citroën marques of a compact SUV, based on an existing Mitsubishi platform. Launched early 2012 in Europe, the compact SUVs will have specific designs for Peugeot and Citroën while sharing many components with the Mitsubishi vehicle, called the RVR in Japan and the ASX in Europe. The vehicles will be available in both four- and two-wheel drive. The projected volume for Peugeot and Citroën will reach 50,000 units per year for both brands. PSA will use its 1.6 HDi diesel engine for its own models. Emissions of CO2 with this engine will be particularly low, for the two-wheel drive version, at 123 g CO2/km, which equates to fuel consumption of less than 4.7 L/100 km. This is the fourth cooperative project between the partners, following the SUV Mitsubishi Outlander, Peugeot 4007, and Citroën C-Crosser agreement in 2005; the construction of a joint plant in Russia that has just been inaugurated; and the European launch in late 2010 of the Peugeot iOn and Citroën C-zero electric vehicles, both based on Mitsubishi's Japanese i-MiEV model.

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