Groupe PSA no longer wants to release small cars with ToyotaNovember 24, 2018
In 2021, the plant in the Czech city of Kolin, where the Citroen C1, Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo subcompacts are now produced, will completely depart from the Japanese company. Groupe PSA and Toyota, however, will continue to cooperate in the field of commercial vehicles.
In 2002, the French and Japanese companies decided to combine efforts to develop and produce low cost small-size small cars for Europe and created a joint venture TPCA (Toyota Peugeot Citroen Automobile) in the Czech Kolin. The trio of twin babies Citroen C1, Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo debuted in 2005. The second generation was introduced in 2014, while the younger Peugeot hatchback at the same time changed the index 107 to 108. In the spring of this year, the small car underwent a restyling, and the question of their future appeared.
In commercial terms, oddly enough, the Toyota Aygo turned out to be more successful than the French twins: last year she found 84,588 customers in Europe, while the Citroen C1 sold 53 292 units, the Peugeot 108 – 55,831 units.
At the last plot it became known that Citroen is preparing some fundamentally new model of the A-class, which should become as successful as the ugly duckling 2CV was once. Obviously, the clone of this model and the brand Peugeot (Opel / Vauxhall is not excluded), but Toyota, apparently, will go in a small class in its own way, already without the French. Les Echos newspaper reported yesterday that in 2021, Groupe PSA would sell its stake in TPCA to Toyota and subsequently manage its capacity alone. What kind of car she is going to produce there, is still unknown.
As for the cooperation of Groupe PSA and Toyota in the field of commercial vehicles, it will be continued and even expanded. Recall that now the companies jointly produce in France and Spain midsize vans and minibuses Citroen Jumpy / SpaceTourer, Peugeot Expert / Traveler, and Toyota ProAce / ProAce Verso.