DPCAChina – The new facility in Chengdu will make Dongfeng Citroen, Dongfeng Peugeot and Dongfeng Fengshen vehicles, primarily for the SUV and MPV segments. Production capacity will be 360,000 vehicles per year and the first unit is due to roll off the line in late 2016.

“Construction of the Chengdu plant is a key step in PSA’s development in China, which is the Group’s largest market,” commented Carlos Tavares, chairman of the management board at PSA Peugeot Citroen. “This plant will allow DPCA to keep pace with its fantastic sales growth. Our joint venture is expected to sell more than 700,000 vehicles in 2014.”

DPCA’s existing three plants are in Wuhan, running on two shifts and with a total capacity of 750,000 units per year. The new factory will lift capacity to over 1m units. Last March, Dongfeng and PSA signed a global strategic partnership with the objective of selling 1.5m vehicles by 2020.