The object of the fusion, assuming that it will indeed take place, has nothing to do with designs or new models. Though the idea of a new vehicle produced by the two companies together, like the sedans produced by Renault together with Nissan or the powerful hatchback developed by Skoda since they became part of Volkswagen, would be an appealing new fantasy, it probably won’t amount to anything more than that. It will take a long time before the two manufacturing houses are in a position to work together on an engine, especially Peugeot.
Rather, the object of the alliance would be to create a financial synergy. Presently, the overall production capabilities of most European manufacturers are in excess of the actual demand. The obvious response would be to lower production – but this is a process that is usually hindered, rather than helped, by the presence of strong competition. Hence Peugeot’s and Opel’s decision to work together towards finding solutions that may help both.
In the meantime, the alliance would – at the very least – bring some much-needed cash into the pockets of Peugeot. The French group is larger and their assets are worth more than the German one, so the fusion would come together with a financial supplement offered by Opel. It is not enough to fill the chasms left by the last few years of crisis, but at the very least it buys some breathing time.High fuel prices remain the biggest concern that drivers face when they step behind the wheel, new research has highlighted,
Not a surprise to us here at Car Care Magazine are sure you will agree,
Well-known vehicle auction company British Car Auctions (BCA) has found that 63 per cent of motorists have actually cut back on their car usage in the past 12 months due to this worry, an inconvenience for most drivers, but is this affecting productivity of small businesses. In the past three years for instance, the cost of filling a nissan navara from empty to full has risen from around £65.00 to just over £95.00.
On top of this, 45 per cent of drivers questioned as part of the study said that they now opt to walk to destinations which they would have travelled to in a vehicle previously, perhaps not a bad thing taking in to account the potential benefits, not only to their pockets, but to their health as well.
Despite these concerns though, the research also found that 65 per cent of motorists will fill up their fuel tank every time they visit a petrol station.