Groupe PSA Peugeot & Citroën has doubled its production capacity in Kenitra plant MoroccoFrench automotive giant PSA Group announced the expansion of its Kenitra plant in Morocco. The Kenitra plant will produce engines and vehicles starting next year (2019) and will have a production quota of 100,000 vehicles per annum. It will rely on the Moroccan supplier base to achieve from the start a local integration rate of 60% and target 80%.
Given the success of its products worldwide and in the Middle East and Africa region, Groupe PSA has decided to double the capacity of its Kenitra plant and increase it to 200,000 units per year by 2020. This additional capacity will be a key factor in accelerating the development of the group’s ecosystem in Morocco.
Mr Elalamy highlighted the excellent relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and Groupe PSA: “The PSA Ecosystem unfolds with a sustained pace and important achievements. A diversified supplier is setting up in Morocco, local integration is developing, the local sourcing volume is growing and an R & D ecosystem is being built. ” Said the Minister of Industry, Investment, Commerce and the Digital Economy, adding that “the project is a real locomotive for the development of an industry that is performing very well”.
This decision attests to the dynamics of Groupe PSA in the region and particularly in Morocco. “Groupe PSA has a global plan for Morocco covering the entire automotive value chain, our project has no equivalent in Africa,” said Mr Quémard. He continues: “Today we are taking a new step forward by doubling the capacity of our Kenitra plant by 2020”.
Hyundai updates the Tucson for 2019
Hyundai has taken the wraps off the refreshed Tucson this month. The updated SUV will probably arrive in Kenya by early next year, where it will rival the likes of the Honda CR-V, Jeep Compass and VW’s Tiguan.
It is packed with c multiple drivers assist features like autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist and driver attention warning technology. Additional features include a 360-degree camera, high beam assist and adaptive cruise control. The SUV will also come with an updated 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Under the hood, expect the local specification car to continue with the same engine options – the 112kW, 2.0-litre petrol engine and the 135kW 2.0-litre diesel motor. Both come with the option of either a six-speed manual or a six-speed torque converter automatic.