By Matthew Davis | February 29, 2012
A lot of people like to pound their chests and point out with pride that they drive American. While many view the blue oval and gold bow tie as American as baseball and apple pie, the fact is, not so much anymore.
General Motors announced today, the creation of what will be a long-term global alliance with PSA Peugeot Citroen. The plan is designed to increase GM’s competitiveness in Europe. It’s possible that they want a little ballpark frank over there and we’d like some fettuccine over here.
According to GM, the alliance will be focused around the sharing of vehicle platforms, components and modules; and the creation of a global purchasing joint venture for the sourcing of commodities, components and other goods and services. A Chevy will still be sold as a Chevy and a Peugeot will still be a Peugeot, but there will be some subtle changes in each.
Those that carry the “Made in America” banner probably won’t be too happy, just as they aren’t with the Chrysler/Fiat merger. Yet, let’s not forget the successful mergers of the past. A brief partnership between Ford and Nissan brought the far East giant back from the dead in the early 90′s. About the only product of that marriage was a minivan but it kept Nissan alive. Had Nissan folded, the world would be a sullen place without the likes of the Z and Godzilla. For those that didn’t know, Nissan has a little French in its DNA now too.
The new Dodge Dart will be coming out soon and its underpinnings will be Alfa Romeo, its motor a Fiat. I expect that it will be a good car too, much better than the bug eyed neon, or the chunky Caliber. Some may be concerned with the loss of jobs in America but I wouldn’t worry too much about that. Half of the foreign manufacturers are building cars in the States now anyway. Volkswagen just opened its plant in Tennessee.
Still can’t stomach the thought of a Euro Chevy or Italian derived Dodge? Better stick with Ford then, but don’t forget that Ford sometimes sends its best cars over seas only. We don’t get the radical Focus RS here. So belly up to the table, it’s time for a potluck and hopefully the cooks are good. I think I’ll start rolling the “r” in Chrysler. No?
[Source: General Motors]