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  • PSA adds third team at Mangualde

    January 18th 2018

    Portugal – PSA will create a third production team at its Mangualde plant creating up to 225 jobs from April 2018. The step up is a response to in demand for the Peugeot Partner and Citroen Berlingo models…

  • PSA expands Hordain LCV team

    January 5th 2018

    France – Groupe PSA will introduce a fourth production team to its LVC operations at Hordain. The OEM says its decision has been prompted by strong demand for the Peugeot Expert and Citroën Jumpy (Dispatch), as well as the Peugeot Traveller and Citroën SpaceTourer.

  • A winning formula?

    November 21st 2017

    Like all new strategic plans announced by vehicle companies from time to time, the new Opel PACE! plan leaves many questions unanswered. It’s not clear yet what will happen to the enlarged manufacturing network which PSA-Opel/Vauxhall now has…

  • Opel’s ambitious future

    November 16th 2017

    PSA’s acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall presents both an opportunity and a challenge to Carlos Tavares. The recently announced PACE! strategy will focus on reducing costs through leveraging purchasing, R&D and manufacturing synergies, and the electrification of the brand’s product line-up…

  • So strategic

    October 24th 2017

    That car companies periodically set out their strategies and plans in investor presentations is both welcome and unusual; few other industries are quite so explicit and generous in terms of their information outflows…

  • PSA’s French plants gain production

    October 10th 2017

    France – The OEM confirmed that Mulhouse and Sochaux will build new models from 2020/2021, saying this will secure their “medium-term manufacturing visibility”. It added that details of the vehicles will be disclosed at a later date “for strategic reasons”…

  • Novares opens paint line, Sainte Marguerite

    October 5th 2017

    France – The company formerly known as Mecaplast – Key Plastics invested €8.5m ($10.1m) to build a 600sq.m extension equipped with the latest robotic technology. Novares said the facility will support six vehicle-makers in the region: PSA, Fiat, Volvo, Daimler, Opel and Renault…

  • Colonised by China

    September 5th 2017

    South-East Asia has long been a catch that Western and even Korean vehicle-makers have failed to land, with its population of 650m people significantly under-represented in vehicle ownership. But the Chinese are now mounting their most serious attack yet on the domination of Japanese brands in the region, after Geely was announced in May as the new foreign partner of Malaysia’s struggling Proton Cars, beating France’s PSA Group. Geely, which also owns Volvo, joins a list of Chinese vehicle-makers targeting South-East Asia. For example, SAIC is expanding its Thai operations and the SAIC-General Motors brand Wuling, which this year is launching a car designed for Indonesia, has built a new factory there…

  • Getting the green light

    September 4th 2017

    The origins of Chinese vehicle manufacturing are rooted in technology transfers from European, US and Japanese OEMs through joint ventures in which overseas companies could not hold majority stakes. Such rules look likely to be relaxed; according to a recent government report on the future of electric vehicles (EVs), the aim is “to open up the restrictions on joint-venture ownership in an orderly manner”. This is because the government wants to create a new, globally competitive automotive industry focused on EVs, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles…

  • A crossroads for Germany’s car industry?

    August 24th 2017

    These are challenging times for the automotive industry, especially in Germany, where it is a bellwether for the country’s economic health. But, as the Eurozone slowly emerges from its torpor, Germany’s automotive industry faces several ‘mega-issues’ with uncertain outcomes, notably the continued fall-out from the emissions scandal; the move toward electrified and autonomous vehicles; increased robotics and manufacturing automation, with attendant implications for jobs; and imminent changes in how cars are owned, leased or shared. As if this was not enough…