VIGO, Spain - The Citroen C6 concept car shown at this year's Geneva auto show will follow the C3 concept into production, the CEO of PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, Jean-Martin Folz, said here.
Speaking during a visit to PSA's Vigo plant in northern Spain, Folz said he also expects to decide soon on the Pluriel concept as Citroen is rejuvenated and returns to its roots as an innovative and 'unusual' brand.
The C3 illustrated how the French automaker's supermini will look in the next century, while the C6 was a clear indication of the brand's larger models.
The vehicles are expected to remain true to PSA's platform strategy, Folz said, a strategy that will see distinctly different Peugeot and Citroen models spinning off just three platforms.
'We know we made a mistake by making the Citroen Saxo and Peugeot 106 too similar,' he said. 'That will not happen again.'
Folz said the Picasso mini-minivan, which the Vigo plant has begun building, illustrates the new principles on which PSA has based its strategy for development and growth.
'We have committed to a policy to base vehicles on the same platform when they share significant components,' he said. 'Our aim is to have 75 percent of cars on three platforms by 2001.'
Picasso, the first vehicle developed by PSA in less than three years, shares components with the Citroen Xsara and Berlingo, as well as the Peugeot 306. Half its components come from other vehicles.
The Picasso will be built alongside the Xsara and Berlingo at Vigo.
Capacity at the plant reached 340,000 vehicles last year on three shifts. Next year, Vigo is expected to begin producing 1,500 cars a day, 800 of them Picassos.
Beginning late next year, the Picasso also will be built at PSA's new plant at Porto Real, Brazil. Initial capacity at this plant, will be 70,000 vehicles a year.