PSA/Peugeot-Citroen says a two-year push to eliminate major electronics glitches in its cars is succeeding.
Recent new-model launches have not been affected by electronics problems like those that marred the debuts of key new cars at the start of the decade, said Gilles Michel, PSA’s head of platforms, technical affairs and purchasing.
“The Citroen C4 and the Peugeot 407 launches have been free of significant electronics glitches,” said Michel. Most of PSA’s past electronics problems happened after the automaker started to use a single wire for several electronic functions to save space and weight. Often connections failed and electronics systems would not work. On the C5 upper-medium model, for instance, the dashboard light would fail.
A pioneer in the use of electronics in cars, Michel said PSA was the first to realize there were reliability issues with so-called multiplex systems and added, “We were the first to move to solve them.”
In 2003 PSA started a major program to eradicate electronic problems from its cars, involving, for instance, better internal validation processes.
Michel said that a PSA internal indicator showed a 25 percent reduction in the number of technical incidents caused by electronics in the 18 months to the end of last year.
Press reports have suggested that Peugeot has production problems with its new 1007 small minivan, which features electrically powered sliding doors.
The 1007 is proving hard to bring to a perfect fit and finish, say reports.
Michel said the 1007, which is built in Poissy, France, near Paris, is a “challenging car” but said reports on production problems were “greatly exaggerated.”
The 1007 will go on sale starting April 28. PSA executives deny that the launch has been delayed. They said the 1007’s introduction was always planned for this spring.