BRUSSELS/MILAN — Peugeot maker PSA has supplied to spice up Japanese rival Toyota to attempt to tackle EU antitrust issues about its plan to create the world’s fourth-biggest automobilemaker, to be referred to as Stellantis, by merging with Fiat Chrysler, individuals conversant in the matter stated on Friday.

PSA has supplied to extend the manufacturing capability for Toyota of their van three way partnership, one of many sources stated. One other supply stated the French firm would promote the vans at near value.

PSA makes vans for Toyota in its Sevelnord plant in northern France. The van collaboration began in 2012.

PSA submitted its supply to the European Fee earlier on Friday, three months after the EU enforcer opened a full-scale investigation into the take care of FCA on issues that it might harm competitors in small vans in 14 EU nations and Britain.

“As of now, the transaction has obtained merger clearance in 14 jurisdictions. As beforehand said, closing of the transaction is anticipated to happen within the first quarter of 2021,” PSA and FCA stated in a joint assertion.

The Fee, which quickly halted its investigation into the deal in July whereas ready for the businesses to offer requested information, didn’t set a deadline for its choice.

“The deadline remains to be suspended. This process in merger investigations is activated if the events fail to offer, in a well timed vogue, an vital piece of data that the Fee has requested from them,” the EU govt stated.

It’s now anticipated to hunt suggestions from prospects and rivals earlier than deciding whether or not to demand extra concessions, or both clear or block the deal.