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Next week the Fiat-era in French Sevel Nord comes to an end

5 July 2012 14:26 No comments

As of next week, PSA will be continuing ‘solo’ with the French Sevel (Société Européenne de Véhicules Légers) Nord factory in Lieu-Saint-Amand by taking over the 50% which was in possession of Fiat. Last year we already knew that the contract of this old Joint Venture was to expire in 2017, but the French car manufacturer needs to let a certain amount of people go because of the crisis. That’s why they want to make some changes in this plant, 161 hectares and employing 700 people, as soon as possible. This early separation caused the shares of PSA to drop and those of Fiat to rise. Sevel Nord builds vans and MPV’s and is having an overcapacity problem because Fiat was only keeping the Scudo in production on this location near the Belgian border (district Valenciennes). In former times FGA was also building MPV’s here such as the Fiat Ulysse (first and second series), the Lancia Zeta and the Lancia Phedra (2010).

In Sevel (Società Europea Veicoli Leggeri) Sud in Italian Atessa (Val di Sangrio area in the province of Chieti, region Abruzzo), however, no changes will be made until at least 2019. In this factory, the vans Fiat Ducato, Peugeot Boxer and Citroën Jumper are built in cooperation with PSA. These bigger company vehicles have made a name for themselves and are doing well on their particular market. This factory started building the first Ducato in 1981, back when Fiat was in a JV with Alfa Romeo, which had the AR6 built on this location. Nowadays 5200 people are working in Sevel Sud. The halving of the JV with PSA, which started in 1978, is probably a consequence of the decision by Fiat to start building company vehicles across the ocean, now that Chrysler has been taken over. Fun fact: The North-French factory was once built on the grounds of a former Chrysler-plant (Simca, later changed to Talbot by PSA). The Sevel JV with PSA was once also operative in Argentina, until Fiat decided to continue alone in the South-American country.

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