PSA Peugeot Citroën has confirmed that its Trnava plant in Slovakia has been selected as the future site for a new manufacturing unit with a potential production capacity of 150,000 vehicles per year, in addition to the 300,000 already planned for the site.

The announcement confirms earlier industry reports that a big capacity addition was planned by PSA for Trnava.

The additional production capacity will be dedicated to an entirely new vehicle to be marketed alongside existing models. The new car, despite its completely different design concept, will be built on the same platform as the plant's other vehicles, and will be added to the PSA Peugeot Citroën range on sale in 2010.

The project will require an investment of approximately EUR 350 million in Slovakia and create some 1,800 jobs.

The new investment will extend PSA Peugeot Citroën's Trnava plant, whose foundation was laid in June 2003. In the start-up phase, the facility will, in 2006, make platform 1 vehicles (small cars), with an annual capacity of 300,000 units on three shifts and a workforce of around 3,500 people.