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01.04.2018 08:05

The French PSA Group intends in 2018 to take a decision on the creation of engine production in Russia, said the general director of the plant "PSMA Rus" Nicolas Feubwe. "We are working on a business case for the localization of engines in Russia, primarily, of course, for our production in Kaluga. The creation and launch of the engine assembly line in Kaluga will take at least two years. We are now engaged in fine-tuning the business case. It is necessary to take an internal decision at the level of the PSA group to understand whether we will be able to implement this project in Kaluga, "said Febve, quoted by Vedomosti. The decision on the project implementation should be "in any case taken in the current year, for a plus or minus six months," he said. The production of engines in case of its localization in Russia will be directed, including for export, said Christophe Bergeran, executive vice president of PSA, the chief managing director for Russia and the region of Eurasia and the CIS. "This is a matter of the business model - we also need to be prepared to export these engines," he explained, adding that the volume of car production in Kaluga will not match the estimated output of engines. Recall, last Friday PSA launched full-cycle production at the PSMA Rus plant (70% - from the PSA Group and 30% from the Japanese Mitsubishi Motors Corporation) commercial vans Peugeot Expert and Citroen Jumpy. 70 million euros were invested in organizing the assembly of freight and passenger vans. Production at the plant in Kaluga now operates in one shift, employing 1800 people. "The second shift will be launched on Monday [March 5], we expect that in general the plant" PSMA "will release by the end of 2018, 30-40 thousand cars," said Phoebe. In mid-April, it is planned to launch production of passenger versions of vans, in mid-June - their VIP versions. Since July 2012, the PSMA Rus plant has been manufacturing cars for a full production cycle. Now the plant, in addition to LCV, produces sedans Peugeot 408 and Citroen C4 Sedan, off-road vehicles Mitsubishi Outlander and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. Production facilities of the enterprise (two assembly lines) allow to produce up to 125 thousand cars per year. Total investment in the project amounted to 550 million euros.

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