Toyota and PSA Peugeot-Citroen could move to reduce manufacturing output to about 200,000 vehicles at their joint plant in the Czech Republic this year, down from the 215,000 vehicles produced in 2012.
Production at the facility reached a record 332,489 vehicles back in 2009 but has since steadily declined because of lower demand. The partners produce the Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 107 and Citroen C1 mini cars at the plant located in Kolin, the Czech republic.
“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 low of the cycle, and that output was actually seen as improving or at least remaining constant over the course of the next year.
European deliveries of all three models have been declining this year as Europe’s economic problems continue to cause a fall in demand for new cars. Peugeot 107 sales went down 22 % in Europe in the first nine months, while sales of the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo each fell 12 %, respectively, according to market researcher JATO Dynamics.
Via Automotive News Europe