What is Citroen C4 test mule doing in India?
Peugeot-Citroen had extensive plans for launch in India, which were discontinued following the slowdown in the auto sector. The company planned on launching the Peugeot 508 in 2014 which has now been put on hold as no Peugeot or Citroen vehicle will be launched in India any time soon.
However, contrary Peugeot-Citroen announcements, a test mule with a Nasik registration plate MH15 was spotted on test. While the Mahindra Quanto with the same registration plate was also spotted alongside it was noted that the Citroen model had a V2 sticker while the Quanto bore a V1 sticker. This raises assumptions that the two companies may have some sort of joint testing process leading to some sort of connections in the future.
Peugeot Citroen had planned on setting up a production facility in Sanand, Gujarat and had even signed a State Support Agreement with the Government of Gujarat. However these plans have now been scuttled. It is not only the situation in India that has affected decisions of the company and it is even the crisis in European markets that have affected Peugeot Citroen adversely.
Peugeot Citroen planned on launch of the Citroen C4 Picasso in India and had been actively testing the MPV on Indian road conditions. C4 is based on an EMP2 platform and is powered by a 2.0 liter petrol engine.