PSA Group has started production of its PureTech turbocharged 3-cyl. gasoline engine in Tychy, Poland.
Group Chairman Carlos Tavares inaugurated the new assembly line for the 1.2L engine following an investment of €250 million ($285 million) in the facility. The move expands the production volume of the four-time International Engine of the Year, adding to existing manufacturing sites at Douvrin and Tremery in France and at Xiangyang in China.
Production will be increased still further when the engine is added this year to factory lines at Szentgotthard, Hungary; Kenitra, Morocco; and, from 2020, Hosur in India.
PSA says 3.8 million of the engines have been produced to date, and the additional capacity will help meet expected demand from its use in the group’s Opel/Vauxhall brands.
The powertrain plant in Tychy was modernized to boost its performance with new technologies and equipment, supported by new IT systems, and is expected to produce 460,000 units to meet near-term demand. Logistics also have benefited from the relocation of component plants close to vehicle factories.