It's not the first time these three brands have worked together and it probably won't be the last. Introducing the new MPV that was jointly developed by Peugeot-Citroën and Toyota.
Do you remember the first time when Toyota teamed up with Citroën and Peugeot to create a city car? The Peugeot 107/Toyota Aygo/Citroën C1 was a simple little thing that won acclaim particularly in European markets where its dinky size made it easy to park. Combined with easy to drive dynamics and fair specification, the vehicle proved to be popular. In South Africa the Toyota Aygo predictably outsold its French counterparts.
Fast forward to 2015 and the three brands have teamed up again, this time to create a Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV). The vehicle was officially announced in December 2015 and it'll go on sale next year. Much like the city car, each brand has chosen its own name for their respective derivatives. We have the Peugeot Traveller, Toyota PROACE and the Citroën SPACETOURER and while the names are radically different, there is not a lot to separate them mechanically. All three cars have been built for private use, but according to the marketing material, business versions are confirmed too. All three vehicles will be manufactured in Europe, at PSA Peugeot Citroën’s factory in Valenciennes, France.
Johan van Zyl, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe said, "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."
This MPV group project first came to light in 2012 and will carry on until at least 2020. The reason behind the collaboration? Very simple, co-development helps keep production costs down speeds up the development process. As it stands, very little technical information is available at this point, but what we do know is that all three vehicles will share features, equipment as well as engines. On the exterior there's not a lot to differentiate the three aside from badging and headlight clusters.
Expect to see all three at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.