High Demand: PSA to expand Peugeot 308 output; ads a night shift image

PSA – Peugeot-Citroen, the second-largest Europe-based automaker plans to increase production of Peugeot 308 model after the French company received more than 60,000 orders for the new hatchback since the official launch in October.

In addition, PSA will introduce a night shift as from 2 June 2014 at its Sochaux assembly plant – adding more than 600 new jobs – including 450 un-temporary contracts. The nightshift is expected to produce 26 vehicles per hour, raising the daily output of the Peugeot 308 by 180 to a total of 1,563 units.

For the moment Peugeot announced that the newly created nigh shift will run for six months, and even longer if demand will continue to be high. At this moment the Sochaux assembly plant currently employs about 10,800 workers according to PSA spokesperson Jean-Charles Lefebvre. From those 10,800 – 600 are under temporary contracts. Sochaux build the Peugeot 308, 508 and 3008 – plus the Citroen DS5.

The newly designed Peugeot 308 won Europe’s Car of the Year award at the beginning of March during the press days of the 84th edition of Geneva Motor Show. 308 beat out 30 other new vehicles from carmakers around the world – including the new BMW i3 and Tesla Model S, the luxury American electric car – in the contest voted upon by 58 journalists from 22 European countries.