Groupe PSA’s Poissy plant is to produce an additional vehicle.
The allocation of a new Opel/Vauxhall B-SUV was made possible by the initiatives taken to enhance performance at the plant, says the company.
Investments since 2016 have made the Poissy plant the first one of Groupe PSA to assemble on the company’s multi-energy common modular platform.
The Poissy plant has been working on its transformation project since 2016 to strengthen its competitiveness.
The Groupe PSA manufacturing concept of multi-vehicle and multi-energy assembly line has been implemented with success.
The new production line with the new multi-energy common modular platform is already operational with the launch this year of DS 3 Crossback in both electric and internal combustion versions.
The resulting improvement of its manufacturing performance enabled the Poissy plant to secure production of the new Opel/Vauxhall B-SUV model that will join its new production line.
The advanced process of production on the same line of internal combustion engine and battery electric vehicle for vehicles based on common modular platform, as well as photo-voltaic electric vehicle and internal combustion engine models in other plants for EMP2 platform, is a key asset of Groupe PSA to remain flexible with energy transition and accompany customers shift in demand.
Frédéric Przybylski, who manages the Poissy plant, says: “Poissy employees are proud to lead the way this year with the first implementation of this state of the art manufacturing process for our Group.
“Having an additional vehicle is the clear recognition of our performance improvement and I would like to thank all the teams that created the conditions to make it happen.
“It’s also a big responsibility and we are committed to achieve the highest levels of efficiency and quality for the satisfaction of our customers.”
Yann Vincent, Groupe PSA executive vice president, manufacturing and supply chain, says: “Our multi-vehicle, multi-energy production advanced concept, that we are developing accross our plants, will enhance our agility in the context of energy transition.
“This is a key asset that will make the difference in the coming years and a strong lever to support our electrification offensive.
“We’re right on track to meet our objective of having an electrified version of all our new vehicles starting in 2019 and offering electric or plug-in hybrid versions for 100 per cent of our models for our five brands by 2025.”
The Poissy plant was built in 1938 and is located in the Greater Paris region, France.
Its surface area covers 155 hectares and the facility produced 175,000 vehicles in 2018 at a rate of 38 vehicles per hour.
The models currently made there are the Peugeot 208, DS 3 and DS 3 Crossback.
The company also claims that 98 per cent of the environmental waste produced by the plant is recovered and recycled.