Peugeot back in India with facility in Gujarat

Peugeot back in India with facility in Gujarat

Ahmedabad: Making its re-entry into India, French auto major PSA Peugeot Citroen (PPC) today inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Gujarat Government to set up an integrated manufacturing facility at an investment of 4,000 crore at Sanand near here.

The agreement was signed by Gujarat principal secretary Maheswar Sahu and PPC vice-president (emerging market and India) Fredic Fabre in the presence of chief minister Narendra Modi here.

“The fully integrated facility of PPC, the first one in India, will be set up on 584 acres with an investment of 4,000 crore. It will have an initial capacity of 1,65,000 units annually and is expected to be commissioned by end of 2013," an official statement stated.

“Gujarat offers a proactive business environment, excellent infrastructure and is geographically well positioned to cater to passenger car markets across India," PPC board chairman Philippe Varin said. “We view India as one of the most important and dynamic markets in the world, with forecasts of it becoming the third largest automotive market by 2020," Varin said.

The French carmaker was present in India through a joint venture with Premier Automobiles Ltd (PAL) nearly a decade ago. The joint venture was later wound up and the company, PAL Peugeot Ltd (PPL), stopped operations.

With the new agreement, Peugeot will be a neighbor of Ford and Tata’s Nano plants in Sanand, an upcoming auto hub some 40 kms from here. The firm had been scouting for land for its India entry for the past few months in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.