PSA Group plans to be building large light-commercial vehicles in Poland by the end of 2021.
The announcement follows the sales success of the group’s LCV range which now requires more production capacity to satisfy consumer demand. It also responds to the French automaker’s decision to share platforms across its brand to include the Opel/Vauxhall brands it acquired in 2017.
PSA’s plant in Gliwice, Poland, will be modified to accommodate LCVs and adapted to build the automaker’s generic platform dedicated to large vans with a view toward reaching production of up to 100,000 large vans per year.
PSA claims the European success of its LCV strategy has seen its SevelSud plant, a FCA/PSA joint venture located in Val di Sangro, Italy, exceed its manufacturing capacities over the past three years with the production of the Peugeot Boxer, Citroën Jumper and Fiat Ducato large vans.
Yann Vincent, executive vice president-manufacturing and supply chain for PSA, says: “This good news for Gliwice is a clear demonstration that our Excellent Plant Program is being executed across all European countries with synergies and efficiency.”