Toyota and PSA Peugeot-Citroen are likely to build about 200,000 vehicles at their joint plant in the Czech Republic this year, down from 215,000 vehicles produced in 2012.
Production reached a record 332,489 vehicles in 2009 but has since declined. The partners build the Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 107 and Citroen C1 minicars at the factory in Kolin.
“Currently we are expecting production at up to 200,000 this year,” factory spokesman Radek Knava said. “The situation for the small-car segment is that volumes are decreasing.”
Knava said 2013 could be the bottom of the cycle, and that output was likely to be steady or slightly higher next year.
European sales of all three models have been falling this year as Europe’s economic problems continue to depress demand for new cars. Peugeot 107 sales fell 22 % in Europe in the first nine months, while sales of the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo each dropped 12 %, respectively, according to market researcher JATO Dynamics.
Via Automotive News Europe
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