Upcoming Peugeot 308 SW was shown at Geneva earlier this month.

Upcoming Peugeot 308 SW was shown at Geneva earlier this month.

PSA says it will add a night shift at its Sochaux plant in response to high demand for the new Peugeot 308, creating 600 new jobs.

The company says it has already taken 60,000 orders for the car which was launched in the autumn of last year. An estate variant (308 SW) will be added to the range in April.

The night shift at the Sochaux plant where 308 is made will start on June 2, creating 600 new jobs and 450 temporary hires.

The night shift is scheduled to produce 26 vehicles per hour, raising the daily output of the Peugeot 308 by 180 to a total of 1,563 units.

The night shift will operate for at least six months and perhaps longer depending on demand, PSA said.

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