India - Groupe PSA has recently inaugurated a new plant in Hosur, Tamil Nadu. Costing around US$85m, it is being used to house the production of powertrain components for both the global and domestic automotive market.

"We want to be Indian in India. With this inauguration, we have taken another critical step towards the execution of our Push to Pass strategic plan and commitment towards the Indian customers. The quality of the relation with our partner, the CK Birla Group, is paramount to the success of our common project, with the creation of a complete eco-system in India," commented Carlos Tavares, chairman of the managing board at Groupe PSA.

The plant has an initial output of 300,000 transmissions and 200,000 engines per year. It is owned by PSA Avtec Powertrain - a 50:50 joint-venture company between Groupe PSA and Avtec that was created in 2017. Avtec is a transmission and powertrain components manufacturer headquartered in New Delhi and owned by the CK Birla Group.

Outside of the India, the French OEM has been busy focusing its expansion efforts in its home market. It recently added a third shift at its Mangualde plant in order to increase production of light commercial vehicles, and unveiled plans to start making the Peugeot 5008 at its plant in Sochaux once production in Rennes reaches full capacity.