Stellantis finalises its engineering leadership as FCA and PSA brands merge technologies

Automotive Industry

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-05-27

Stellantis has chosen the top Executives in its engineering organisation as the new group seeks to accelerate electrification and integrate Fiat Chrysler Automobiles's product lines with PSA Peugeot Citroën's platforms and technologies.

Stellantis was formed in January by the merger of FCA and PSA Peugeot Citroën, bringing under one roof brands including Jeep, Chrysler, Fiat, Peugeot, Citroen and Opel.

The engineering organisation will report to Harald Wester, a German native and FCA veteran, who leads Stellantis's global engineering operations.

Wester has two deputies, Frenchmen Patrice Lucas and Nicolas Morel. Both are longtime PSA Peugeot Citroën Executives. Lucas's latest job before PSA Peugeot Citroën and FCA merged was Head of the French automaker's Latin America operations. Morel was Head of Development for PSA Peugeot Citroën.

Within the new organisation the global core engineering functions, directly reporting to Wester, are covered by Giorgio Cornacchia (Body, Chassis and Interior Systems); Yvan Agliany (Electrical, Electronics Systems); Micky Bly (Propulsion Systems); Joe Grace (Physical and Functional Design & Integration); Steve Rober (Automotive Research & Advanced Engineering).

Lucas is directly responsible for cross car line and project engineering. Reporting to Lucas are Carla Gohin, Head of technical planning; Tom Cowing, Head of cross-car lines projects, platforms, and modules; and Christophe Hancke, Head of cross-car lines projects and propulsion systems.

Product segment Heads also report to Lucas. These are Vincent Basso (advanced vehicle segments A/B & C/D & vans and sports cars); John Mrozowski (responsible for advanced vehicle segments D/E/F & pickup trucks); Sebastien Jacquet (responsible for vehicle segments A/B & C/D); Italo Longo (vehicle segment vans); Ettore Dezza (responsible for vehicle segment sports cars); Alan Strajnic (vehicle segments D/E/F & pickup trucks). 

The organisation by segment mirrors the different product types between Europe and the North American market. The two Executives heading D/E/F and pickup segments are longtime Chrysler Managers; the remaining segment heads come either from PSA Peugeot Citroën (A/B and C/D segments) or Fiat (vans and sports cars).

Nicolas Morel Heads the company's European technical centers. Reporting to Morel are, among others, Daniele Valerio Esposito (southern Europe technical centers including Turin, Modena, Pomigliano); Alain Guibouret western Europe technical centers, including Velizy, Carrieres-sous-Poissy, Sochaux, Belchamp); Marcus Lott (central Europe technical center including Ruesselsheim).

Former PSA Peugeot Citroën Executives form a majority in the new structure. Most of FCA's product lines in Europe will gradually migrate to PSA Peugeot Citroën platforms, as was the case after PSA Peugeot Citroën bought Opel from General Motors.

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares outlined in the company's 2020 results presentation on 3 March the synergies he expects over the product renewal cycle.

These are:

  • Migration of new products onto common platforms

  • Efficient utilisation of powertrain applications

  • Elimination of duplicate technology development, including double work on electrification, connectivity, autonomous driving.

A small Jeep to be built in Tychy, Poland, starting in November 2022, will be the first model from a former FCA brand to use a PSA Peugeot Citroën platform. It will be followed by a Fiat small crossover and an Alfa Romeo small SUV.

All three vehicles will be underpinned by the former PSA Peugeot Citroën's Compact Modular Platform (CMP) that is already used for the Peugeot 208 and 2008, Opel/Vauxhall Corsa and Mokka, Citroen C4, and the DS3 Crossback.

Four future PSA Peugeot Citroën electric platforms (STLA Small, STLA Medium, STLA Large, STLA Frame) will also underpin the electrification offensive announced by Tavares on 15 April. Stellantis will launch 11 full-electric or plug-in hybrid models IN 2021.

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