PSA to move next generation Citroën C3 output to Slovakia
According to Reuters, PSA plans to build its next C3 subcompact in Slovakia instead of at the French plant in Poissy where the C3 is actually assembled.
The move is part of a strategy to shift production of low-margin small cars away from western Europe, where costs are considered too high especially for the labour cost compared to Eastern markets.
The new C3 is therefore built in the Slovakian plant in Trnava where the company already builds the C3 Picasso minivan and the Peugeot 208 subcompact.
C3 is Citroën's best-selling model in Europe with sales of 48,614 units in the first four months of the year. The car accounts for more than 20 percent of Citroen's vehicle sales in the region.
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares is expected to face questions from unions in the next few days during a factory visit at the Poissy plant.