FCA Italy and PSA have signed an agreement to extend until 2023 their LCV cooperation, started 40 years ago.

The terms of the new agreement also include continued manufacture by the JV of Fiat Ducato, Peugeot Boxer and Citroën Jumper large vans, as well as additional versions to cover the needs of Opel and Vauxhall brands.

In order to meet the expected increase in demand for FCA and Groupe PSA, both partners have decided to increase production capacity at Sevel from 2019 with potential additional shifts.

The agreement also foresees the complementary use of PSA manufacturing capacity to assemble certain versions of the large vans for the Peugeot, Citroën, Opel and Vauxhall brands in the medium-term.

The Sevel plant, inaugurated in 1981 in Val di Sangro (Atessa, Italy), has a surface area of more than 1.2m square meters and employs around 6,200 employees. It is the largest light commercial vehicle plant in Europe capable of producing vehicles in a large array of different configurations.

The plant also houses an on-site Academy, where employees have the opportunity to receive training and improve their skills, as well as to undertake simulations and create innovation.

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