FRANCE: New model production ramping up at PSA's Rennes plant
PSA's Rennes plant is ramping up assembly of two cars at once - the Peugeot 407 Coupe and Citroen C6 models.
In the current ramp-up phase, 90 407 Coupé and 15 C6 are produced every day - with full production capacity expected to be 20 vehicles an hour.
Based on sharing parts and components between various Peugeot and Citroen vehicles, the PSA strategy accelerates model launches and vehicle range expansion whilst controlling costs.
The Rennes plant is the only group facility dedicated to the production of upper, medium and executive segment models - built on platform 3.
The plant currently produces six different models: the Peugeot 407, 407 SW and 407 Coupe and the Citroen C5, C5 estate and Citroen C6 - all on the same platform.
The 407 Coupe and C6 are executive models with very different designs.
To enable their production on the same assembly line, EUR158m (US$186) was invested in the Rennes plant, with approximately EUR80m of shared expenditure.
To achieve the highest standards in production, two new workshops exclusively dedicated to manufacturing these vehicles have been built at the plant
These workshops consist of an 18,500-square-metre body-in-white unit, employing 265 people, and a 38,500-square-metre assembly line with 560 employees.
There has also been a training programme instigated at the Rennes plant to ensure vehicles are checked for design, handling, comfort and sound-proofing.