Toyota and PSA reveal newest collaboration – the Proace, Traveler and Spacetourer large MPVs image
The French automaker and its Japanese rival have been collaborating for years to deliver the smallish Aygo, 108 and C1 superminis, but their partnership has now reached the other end of the scale.
That’s because the three new multipurpose vehicles that should reach dealerships in 2016 are literally at the other end of the scale – here you have the large Peugeot Traveller, Citroën Spacetourer and Toyota Proace vans. These entirely new MPVs have been developed for private use – not derived from a commercially available vehicle. And they are also targeting a very lucrative side of the business – the business shuttle segment. All three will be manufactured at PSA Peugeot Citroën’s assembly facility of Sevelnord, in Valenciennes, France. The trio shared joint duties on the research and development of the new range as part of a collaborative effort that was started back in 2012 and is scheduled to last throughout the upcoming decade as well. The partnership has a larger spectrum though – they will focus on the mid-size, light commercial vehicle, shuttle, and Combi sectors in a drive to hasten development and spread the costs among the two companies.
Neither PSA nor Toyota have revealed full technical specs for the three MPVs, though it’s rather obvious that the Peugeot Traveller, Citroen Spacetourer and Toyota Proace will make use of the same components and be similar in terms of engine, equipment and other features. Additionally all three look almost exactly the same, save for subtle differences at the front – their expected reveal is during the Geneva Motor Show next March.