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PSA boss sees more auto deals, and some failures, in electric shift

FILE PHOTO: Carlos Tavares, chief executive officer of PSA Group, poses during the annual results news conference at their headquarters in Rueil-Malmaison, near Paris, France, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

(Reuters) - The head of Peugeot maker PSA Group PEUP.PA expects more consolidation in the auto industry as carmakers invest vast sums to make electric vehicles, he said on Monday, while predicting some wouldn't make it through the coming decade.

“Only the most agile with a Darwinian spirit will survive,” Carlos Tavares said at the Reuters Automotive Summit teleconference, adding PSA was no longer investing in internal combustion engines as Europe and China push for cleaner driving.

Tavares also said PSA was far ahead of its objectives in meeting European Union CO2 emission targets.

PSA is working towards a planned merger with Italian-American Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCA) FCHA.MIFCAU.N and Tavares reiterated this was on track for the first quarter of 2021.

“So far, so good,” he said, adding much of the hard work in bringing the two companies together had already been done.

PSA and FCA will operate under the name Stellantis after they merge, becoming the world’s fourth-largest carmaker.

Tavares said one of the tasks facing the merged group would be improving its performance in China, the world’s largest car market, where it will have a considerably smaller market share than in Europe and the United States.

“No global car company can afford not to be in the largest car market in the world,” Tavares said.

Reporting by Nick Carey; Editing by David Goodman and Mark Potter

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