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Dong Feng, Peugeot partnership grows into EVs

POSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 12 May 2016

CHINA’S Dong Feng Motors and the PSA Group have deepened their strategic partnership with the signing of a new agreement to design an electric version of the Common Modular Platform (CMP), which they have been developing jointly since April 2015.

This future electric platform (e-CMP) will deliver a worldwide offering of all-electric, high-performance B and C segment vehicles for the Peugeot, Citroën, DS and Dongfeng brands from 2019.

PSA Peugeot Citroën and Dongfeng Group (DFG) entered their strategic partnership in March 2014.

Key elements of the initial agreement were a project to develop jointly a common B- and C-segment global platform and to create a joint R&D centre based in Shanghai dedicated to developing products and technologies for fast-growing Asian markets.

The new CMP will become PSA Peugeot Citroën and DFG’s new generation platform for B and C segments. A liaison team of DFG engineers will be located in Vélizy, within the main project team.

PSA Group and DFM also signed a framework Human Resources agreement designed to increase synergies to develop talent internationally including temporary employee exchanges between operational teams in the fields of Research & Development, Marketing, Manufacturing, Finance and Human Resources.

Best practices will also be shared in each area of HR to identify potential areas of cooperation.

Carlos Tavares, Chairman of PSA Group’s Managing Board, emphasized the effectiveness of the collaboration between the PSA and DFM teams and the importance of building on its synergies through talent sharing.

“The future e-CMP platform is a key milestone in our partnership with Dongfeng. It will speed up the worldwide development of both of our groups, while helping us to reach the strict carbon objective set for 2020,” Tavares said.