Following the signing of an agreement to share resources way back in 2012, Citroen, Peugeot and Toyota have announced a trio of vans-based MPVs.
Called Spacetourer, Traveller and Proace respectively, the trio will be available in traditional MPV form for private buyers, while businesses will be able to specify a shuttle version.
Toyota’s Proace has been based on the Peugeot Expert and Citroen Jumpy models since 2013, but the enhanced agreement sees the three firms cooperating on the next generation of vehicles.
The partnership is intended to create competitive products through development and production cost optimisation. While the vehicles will be built at Peugeot Citroen’s Sevelnord plant in Valenciennes, France, Toyota participated in the development and industrial investment costs for the new vehicles.
“We are delighted to present these three new vehicles, the result of our co-operation with Toyota Motor Europe,” commented Patrice Lucas, PSA Peugeot Citroen head of programme and strategy. “This agreement has enabled us to develop a new and efficient vehicle platform, offering our customers around the world modern products which are particularly competitive in their segment.”
“We’re very pleased that the collaboration we started in 2012 with PSA Peugeot Citroen is now delivering a brand-new generation Toyota Proace,” added Johan van Zyl, Toyota Motor Europe president and CEO. “Both teams worked very hard together and at individual brand level, and I am confident that our distinctive new van with all its variants will strengthen the Toyota light commercial vehicle offer in Europe. The new Proace will complement the range of solid and durable vehicles customers are expecting from Toyota.”
All three will be shown to the public for the first time at next month’s Geneva motor show.
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