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Peugeot-Citroen announces Chinese partnership to build new pickup

  • New one-tonne pickup to be built in China
  • No confirmation of UK sales at this stage
  • Could there even be a Vauxhall version?

Groupe PSA – the parent company of Peugeot, Citroen and Vauxhall – has announced that it is to co-develop a new one-tonne pickup in agreement with Chinese carmaker ChangAn Automobile.

Will the new Peugeot-Citroen pickup come to the UK?

The new truck will be built in China – at ChangAn’s dedicated Ding Zhou light commercial vehicle (LCV) factory – and the information we have says ‘this new vehicle should meet the most stringent worldwide regulations.’

Which sounds promising.

PSA Peugeot-Citroen sign agreement to build new pickup in China

However, the official statement goes on to say that ‘at the first stage, the one-tonne pickup will be offered to Chinese customers and Groupe PSA overseas markets.’

We’ve asked for clarification, but believe that ‘overseas markets’ is corporate-speak for outside Europe.

That said, Peugeot has already launched a pickup into Africa in 2017 – the simply named Peugeot Pick Up pictured below is a rebadged version of the Chinese Dongfeng Rich (no, we’re not making that up) – so perhaps this new model would have wider ambitions.

Peugeot Pick Up - rear view

So a possible ‘second stage’ might include continental Europe.

Does this mean there will be a Vauxhall pickup too?

Given PSA took ownership of Vauxhall – and its European cousin Opel – in 2017, a Vauxhall version of the new pickup would be a logical extension.

But, even if the truck does eventually come to Europe, there’s no guarantee we’ll see production in right-hand drive – just consider the repeated delays of UK sales of Renault’s new Alaskan pickup, and that’s just a reworked version of the Nissan NP300 Navara.

So, while this doesn’t mean there wouldn’t be an Opel version, a Vauxhall pickup may be even harder to quantify.

What would be the rivals to a new Peugeot-Citroen pickup?

The one-tonne segment is the pickup sector most significant to the UK, meaning the new Peugeot-Citroen truck would be in competition with all of the following:

Groupe PSA is saying its new pickup will have ‘a very strong design and uncompromised quality and durability’ – but then it would do, wouldn’t it.

Why does Peugeot-Citroen want to build a pickup anyway?

Groupe PSA has an ambitious sales growth target for its LCVs. The one-tonne pickup market is also expanding rapidly, and – that new Peugeot Pick Up excepted – the firm doesn’t currently compete in it. Hence the interest.

We’ll bring you more news on Citroen and Peugeot’s pickup plans as soon as we receive it.

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