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PSA Peugeot Citroen rides to higher sales with acquistion of Opel Vauxhall

Auto News - Published on Thu, 26 Apr 2018

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ET reported that French carmarker PSA Peugeot Citroen acquisition of the Opel and Vauxhall brands last year helped drive sales up more than 42 percent in the first quarter. The auto giant said it had seen a growth in sales volume around the world, "with a record 1.05 million cars sold".

As such the company is likely to surpass its expectations of selling four million cars in 2018, as announced by CEO Carlos Tavares in March.

PSA last year became Europe's second biggest carmaker after Volkswagen when it bought Vauxhall and German brand Opel from US giant General Motors.

It said revenue jumped 42.1 % to 18.2 billion euros (USD 22.2 billion) from January to March this year.

Excluding last summer's acquisition of Opel Vauxhall, Peugeot, Citroen and premium brand DS saw revenue surge 13.3 % to 10.2 billion euros in the first quarter.

Tavares had also promised better sales on the Chinese market, which had been PSA's weak spot and where sales had dipped 37 % last year.

In the first three months of 2018, the company's fortunes in China began to shift, with a slight increase in sales of 1.8 %.

Of the company's brands, Citroen was the best performing in China, the world's biggest car market, while DS sales dropped nearly 58 % in the Asian giant.

In Europe, which is by far the company's biggest market, sales jumped 8.7 %, thanks mainly to Peugeot.

Taking into account the figures for Opel Vauxhall in Europe, sales jumped 65.7 % to over 770,000 units.

Opel Vauxhall continues to weigh on profitability, however, even as PSA presses on with a major plan to turn around its results.

Mr Jean-Baptiste de Chatillon chief financial officer said that "Push to Pass strategic plan and Opel Vauxhall turnaround plan are on track to make this strong performance a solid basis for the future."

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 26 Apr 2018
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