Cutting-edge technology in greener cars like General Motor’s Chevy Volt and PSA Peugeot Citroen’s 3008 HYbrid4 is unlikely to be shared in the alliance between the two firms, an executive from GM’s Opel unit said on Thursday.
“The honest answer is I can’t imagine that,” Opel development chief Rita Forst told an industry conference in Munich, when asked if the two companies would offer cars equipped with the other’s respective flagship green car technology.
Industry experts say halo products like the Opel Ampera extended range electric vehicle (EREV), sold as the Volt in the United States, are crucial for a brand to demonstrate leadership and innovation.
They also help to drive demand for core volume models, since customers come to see the Ampera or the 3008 diesel hybrid but drive off with a more affordable Opel Astra or Peugeot 208, respectively.
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