The Australian importer for both Peugeot and Citroen has confirmed it is exploring the local business case for the company’s brand new mid-sized vans, co-developed in Europe with Toyota.
Sime Darby, distributor for PSA in Australia, said today that the Peugeot Traveller and Citroen SpaceTourer were "under consideration" for Australia.
The Peugeot Traveller and Citroen SpaceTourer will be offered in commercial van and people-carrying MPV forms (the latter are pictured here because they’re the ones that have been released, though the commercial vans seem the more likely offerings locally).
Peugeot has not sold any vans here since early 2015, while Citroen sells the Berlingo mini van, a vehicle that is its top-seller here.
Launching one or more vehicles into the mid-sized van segment here would be a good volume opportunity for Sime Darby, which lost sales in 2015 over the previous year — the loss of van sales being one major factor.
Mid-sized vans sell well here. Most importantly, European-sourced offerings such as the Renault Trafic, Volkswagen Transporter and Ford Transit Custom are well regarded. The leader is the Toyota HiAce — a model that likely precludes the Toyota version of the PSA van, called the ProAce, from coming here.
The Peugeot Traveller and Citroen SpaceTourer were revealed in December last year, alongside the Toyota ProAce. The trio will be made at PSA’s plant in Valenciennes, France and go on-sale there before June.
The trio of vans represents the latest in an existing relationship between PSA and Toyota, with the previous Proace based on the Peugeot Expert and the Citroen Dispatch. The French and Japanese companies also share platforms for the Peugeot 108, Citroen C1and Toyota Aygo city hatches.
It was agreed at the start of the collaboration in 2012 that the companies would work together on next generation vehicles and that the collaboration would last beyond 2020.
Full mechanical details on this trio of workhorses will become clear in March when they lob at the Geneva motor show. They will share the same drivetrains.