Peugeot 308 demand warrants 3rd production shift

French automakers PSA Peugeot have stated that increased demand for the new Peugeot 308 compact hatchback has necessitated addition of a third shift at assembly plant in Sochaux. This new shift will allow the company to meet demand and lessen waiting period.

Peugeot will be adding a night shift from early June 2014 for increased production of 308 SW for which 600 new jobs have been created and the company will recruit 450 temporary employees. This added shift will increase production rate of Peugeot 308 by 180 units to 1563 units per day which will allow the company to cater to increased demand. Peugeot has already taken in 60,000 orders for the 308 ever since it was launched in autumn of 2013.

Peugeot_308Not seeing much sales where the Peugeot 208 hatchback is concerned, the company has announced that one of these shifts will be eliminated at the plant in Poissy, West Paris from end of this month. This will result in 684 job cuts, but these workers will be shifted to other production sites and will not be laid off.

Peugeot 308 SW, showcased at the Geneva Motor Show is seen with a spacious body and outstanding design. It is highly fuel efficient and comes with a boot capacity of 660 liters. Offered in a choice of 4 petrol engines and 5 diesel engined versions, 308 SW delivers the lowest CO2 emissions in its segment as it stands at just 82 g/km. It is based on the same platform at 308 hatchback and receives enhanced dimensions. Interiors sport Peugeot’s new i-Cockpit approach which seen a large 9.7”color touchscreen on its center console through which most of its functions are controlled.