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PSA to start production of Peugeot Expert and Citroen Jumpy at Russian plant

ABR Staff Writer Published 28 November 2017

French auto-maker Groupe PSA said it will start the production of two of its light commercial vehicles, Citroen Jumpy and Peugeot Expert, at the Kaluga plant in Russia, next year.

The company plans to start production in the first quarter in line with its Push to Pass plan.

The vehicles are claimed to be built on its highly efficient local production processes and deep localization, because of its local suppliers.

This strategy is part of the company’s aim to triple its sales outside of Europe and to double its global profit by 2021.

Groupe PSA says that for Peugeot Expert and Citroen Jumpy, the level or ratio of localization can be up to 50%. It has reached 35% for Citroen C4 and Peugeot 408. This, as per the company is the result of enhanced cooperation with its local suppliers.

These two commercial vehicles will join the company’s line-up of cars that are produced in Russia including Citroen C4, and the new Peugeot 408, which are considered to be among the best selling models in Russia. They are claimed to represent about 40% of Groupe PSA’s sales in the country.

Christophe Bergerand, Groupe PSA executive vice president, Russia and the Eurasia region operational director and PCMA Rus president said:  "Enlargement of the range is now key for Peugeot and Citroën brands rebound on the Russian market.

“Our commercial offensive also aims at meeting needs of small / intermediate enterprises emerging again in Russia, boosted by the economic recovery, with medium-sized vans and we will also begin production of Citroën SpaceTourer and Peugeot Traveller passenger vehicles in a few months."

Recently, the company has signed a joint venture agreement with partners in Algeria including Condor Electronics, Palpa Pro and Entreprise Nationale de Production de Machines-Outils (PMO) to produce its vehicles for the Algerian market.

As per the agreement, Groupe PSA and its partners will create a Oran-based manufacturing facility.

Image: Groupe PSA to build commercial vehicles for Russian market. Photo: Courtesy of Groupe PSA.