Citroen introduced the new luxury station wagon C5X. Although all its predecessors are produced in France, the car will be produced in Chengdu, China.
Half-fracture, half-SUV vehicle’s tall silhouette, quite long length (4.8 meters), luxurious and comfortable appearance: this is the C5X, which is the top flagship product PSA of Citroen (Stelantis Group) and Fiat Chrysler Fiat Chrysler) was born in January after the merger and premiered in the world on Monday, April 12. C5X will go on sale in early 2012 in 2022, “Update long-distance routes with the purest Citroen tradition (…),” The press release tells us.
Therefore, here is the successor to Mythology DS (1955), CX (1974), XM (1989), except that it will not be produced in the historic Rennes factory in France, or even in Europe, but in Stellatis in China. Chengdu’s website. This may stir up some political turmoil and cultivate supporters of the opposition. « Made in France”. Especially since European brand cars-especially French cars-are produced and exported in China, it is starting to look like the beginning of a trend.
DS9 from Stellatis Group will also be produced from the Chinese factory. This large car is produced using the same technology platform as the C5X. It has now begun to be marketed in Asia and will land in the European market in the fall. In a completely different market segment, the Renault Group will also manufacture small electric Dacia springs in China near Wuhan. The springs come from the Renault K-ZE already available in the Chinese market and will be distributed in France this winter.
“According to our estimates, the sales of cars produced by Western manufacturers in China in Europe should fall from zero in 2020 to 500,000 in 2025. Announced Denis Schemoul, deputy director of the analysis company IHS Markit. Stellantis will use industrial opportunities to produce vehicles in the large D-segment market there-this will put the load on factories that currently have overcapacity. However, most European manufacturers will switch to manufacturing small electric vehicles in China. “
These miniature battery models represent a considerable output. As we can see, they are Renault Dacia Spring, BMW Group’s Mini electric cars, or Daimler’s Zero Emission Smart. The latter will leave France this year to bid farewell to the Hambach factory (Moselle), where it will be replaced by Ineos Grenadier’s 4 x 4 thermal power.