Posted on Jan 20, 2021 4:52 PMUpdated Jan 20, 2021, 8:07 PM
During his first press conference on Tuesday, as boss of Stellantis, Carlos Tavares repeatedly insisted that the merger between PSA and Fiat Chrysler would not lead to plant closures. But he did not rule out that some sites may have to cease their activity “ if certain governments create situations which destroy their business model ”, a statement which directly targeted the factory of the group which produces the cars of mark Vauxhall in Ellesmere Port, near Liverpool.
In question, the decision of Boris Johnson, announced in mid-November, to bring forward from 2035 to 2030 the ban on the sale of new heat engines (gasoline or diesel). The Portuguese boss has stated very directly what the consequences will be for Vauxhall. “If we are told that in 2030 we can no longer sell internal combustion engines in the UK, which we respect, then we no longer invest in these engines, because it no longer makes sense, a- he asserted. We apply the rules, but if they lead to a situation where there is no longer a business model, then the consequence is clear to everyone. “