PSA will end Aulnay production earlier than expected image

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will stop car production at its Aulnay plant near Paris earlier than planned as it transfers some workers to other roles.

Production of the Citroen C3 subcompact will end in early November, PSA said today, but some parts production will continue on the site beyond that date. The French company had initially planned to wind down manufacturing at Aulnay in 2014.

A company spokeswoman said that the production line is halting early because half of Aulnay’s 2,800 workers have already been transferred to other sites, including nearby Poissy.

“Soon there will not be enough staff left to sustain vehicle assembly,” she said.

C3 production is being transferred to Poissy, which builds the Peugeot 208 subcompact. The model was Citroen’s top-selling car in Europe in the first seven months with sales of 62,829 units, down from 102,823 in the same period the year before, according to JATO Dynamics.