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Fiat Chrysler turned down Peugeot's merger offer - report

The PSA Group reportedly approached Fiat Chrysler (FCA) about a merger as early as this year's Detroit motor show in January, only to be rebuffed by the American-Italian company. Sources have told The Wall Street Journal the offer was rejected by FCA, and talks about a possible combination have not recommenced...

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Peugeot family ready to back further acquisitions
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Peugeot family ready to back further acquisitions

The PSA Group, which currently owns the Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Opel and Vauxhall brands, is open to acquiring a few more marques for its portfolio, and it has the backing of one of its biggest shareholders. At the recent Geneva motor show, Carlos Tavares, CEO of the PSA Group, said he would "love to [have discussions] with people who are looking for deals"...


2019 DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4 unveiled
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2019 DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4 unveiled

The DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4 plug-in hybrid has been revealed and detailed overnight, serving as the first of many DS models born of an electrification push. The luxury crossover features the same powertrain as the 3008 GT Hybrid4. Under the bonnet there's a 147kW 1.6-litre petrol engine paired with an 80kW electric motor built into the eight-speed automatic transmission, and another 80kW motor for the rear axle...


2019 DS3 Crossback revealed
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2019 DS3 Crossback revealed

The DS3 Crossback has been revealed this week in Europe, headlined by the availability of an all-electric powertrain along with the brand's latest convenience and driving technologies. Based on the PSA Group's Common Modular Platform (CMP), the DS3 Crossback shares its architecture with the upcoming next-generation Peugeot 208 and Opel/Vauxhall Corsa...


2019 DS3 Crossback teased
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2019 DS3 Crossback teased

DS, luxury arm of the PSA Group, has teased its upcoming DS3 Crossback in a short social media video ahead of a full reveal later this week. The new crossover will give the French brand a competitor to the likes of the Audi Q2, and sit below the larger DS7 Crossover in the brand's line-up...


Citroen joins Takata recall
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Citroen joins Takata recall

Citroen Australia has recalled vehicles across several model lines as part of the Takata airbag campaign, including the old-generation C3, C4, DS3, DS4 and DS5. As with all Takata-related notices, the affected airbag inflators can feature propellant that degrades over time due to humidity and high temperatures...


2019 DS 3 Crossback spied
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2019 DS 3 Crossback spied

A camouflaged prototype believed to be the upcoming DS 3 Crossback has been spied again, this time on the tarmac. Said to be based on the PSA Group's new Common Modular Platform (CMP) – which will soon underpin a range of models including the next-generation Peugeot 208 and Opel Corsa – the DS 3 Crossback will rival the likes of the Audi Q2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA when it hits the market sometime in 2019...


Opel teases new concept, next-gen Corsa confirmed for 2019
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Opel teases new concept, next-gen Corsa confirmed for 2019

Opel has revealed its upcoming model and development plans at its TechDay, hosted at the company's Rüsselsheim engineering centre in Germany. Freshly acquired by France's PSA Group, parent to brands like Citroen and Peugeot, Opel confirmed it will develop the group's next-generation of four-cylinder petrol engines and light commercial vehicles, along with teasing a new concept bound for reveal later this year...


DS preparing 5 Series, E-Class rival - report
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DS preparing 5 Series, E-Class rival - report

Citroen is preparing a DS flagship to face-off with the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, based on the PSA Group EMP2 platform. According to reports from Auto Express in the UK, the flagship sedan-cum-fastback will launch in 2020 to mark 65 years since the first Citroen DS was launched...


DS to offer only electrified models from 2025
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DS to offer only electrified models from 2025

DS Automobiles – luxury arm of the PSA Group – has announced plans to only offer electrified models by 2025, as part of an electric push starting with the "imminent arrival" of the hybrid DS7 Crossback E-Tense. This announcement shouldn't come as a surprise, given the brand's long-term commitment to Formula E, not to mention the constant stream of plug-in concept cars...


DS X E-Tense concept revealed
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DS X E-Tense concept revealed

The first image and details about the DS X E-Tense concept have been revealed. According to Citroen's spin-off brand, the X E-Tense is a vision of what a "car of your dreams might look like in 2035". It describes the X E-Tense as "sensuous and inspiring" and says it is "in the same revolutionary mould as the original DS"...


DS X E-Tense concept teased
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DS X E-Tense concept teased

DS Automobiles has teased its X E-Tense Concept, a look a what happens when the French brand's design team starts dreaming of 2035. Based on the 35-second teaser clip posted to YouTube, the concept will be motorsport-focused. Along with some suitably futuristic shots of the car running through a neon cityscape, there's a brief flash of a helmet-wearing driver...


PSA Group spins off electric vehicle operation
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PSA Group spins off electric vehicle operation

PSA Group, parent of Peugeot, Citroen, DS and Opel, has created a new standalone electric-vehicle division as it seeks to catch the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance in the burgeoning e-mobility space. The company wants the spinoff 'business unit' to "respond to the challenges of the energy transition and to build an efficient and coherent offering of electric mobility solutions" for the ever-changing automotive landscape...


Citroen here to stay, despite poor sales
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Citroen here to stay, despite poor sales

French automotive giant PSA has no intention of withdrawing Citroen from Australia, despite the marque struggling to gain traction in our hotly-contested market. Last year, Citroen sold just 735 cars in Australia, a 23.8 per cent drop over the previous year...


2019 DS3 Crossback spied in the snow
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2019 DS3 Crossback spied in the snow

The Citroen DS3 Crossback has been snapped playing in the snow, offering a glimpse at the first PSA Group product built on the new CMP platform. Announced last year, the Common Modular Platform (CMP) will eventually underpin the Peugeot 208, and was launched alongside a version designed to support electrified powertrains...


Peugeot will electrify all models by 2025, planning return to the US
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Peugeot will electrify all models by 2025, planning return to the US

Carlos Tavares, CEO of the PSA Group, parent company of Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Opel and Vauxhall, outlined his company's plans for electrified vehicles and the world's second-largest car market. Electrification Speaking at the Automotive News World Congress on the sidelines of the 2018 Detroit motor show, Tavares committed to offering at least one fully-electric or partially-electric version of each of the company's models by 2025...


Euro NCAP stars fall for facelifted models
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Euro NCAP stars fall for facelifted models

Euro NCAP has released its latest safety scores this week for a number of models, including updated ratings for ageing vehicles still sold as new cars. Several all-new cars got full five-star ratings, including the Hyundai Kona, Kia Stinger, BMW 6 Series GT and Jaguar F-Pace, while re-testing of some recently-facelifted versions of older models revealed some sub-par results - including a zero-star score...


Electric Peugeot 208, 2008, DS3 models planned - report
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Electric Peugeot 208, 2008, DS3 models planned - report

The PSA Group is planning several new electrified and all-electric vehicles (EVs) in the coming years, including EV versions of the next Peugeot 208, 2008 and DS3 Crossback. In a new report by industry journal Automotive News Europe, PSA is said to have given investors details of  its future vehicle strategy earlier this week...


Fiat, Jeep, Nissan, Volvo and others to miss Frankfurt motor show
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Fiat, Jeep, Nissan, Volvo and others to miss Frankfurt motor show

Several manufacturers will be giving the Frankfurt motor show a miss this year, including Fiat, Jeep, Nissan and Volvo, as brands shift their investments from the traditional product showcases. As reported by industry journal Automotive News Europe, numerous marques are finding it increasingly difficult to justify the massive budgets required for a major auto show - instead opting to attend more interactive events like the Goodwood Festival of Speed...


Peugeot parent completes takeover of Opel/Vauxhall from GM
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Peugeot parent completes takeover of Opel/Vauxhall from GM

The PSA Group, the parent company behind Peugeot, Citroen and DS, completed its takeover of Opel and Vauxhall from GM on August 1. Opel has promised to deliver a new performance plan within 100 days, with the key goal of achieving operational profitability by 2020 and a six per cent profit margin by 2026...