Between now and 2013, PSA Peugeot Citroën plans to invest €175 million (US$238 million) at its La Française de Mécanique plant in Douvrin, in the Pas-de-Calais department of northern France, to prepare for the production of a new 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine. Series production is scheduled to start in early 2013, with an output of 320,000 units per year.
This new engine version is based on the 3-cylinder 1.2-liter naturally aspirated engine, which will be manufactured at the Group’s Trémery plant in eastern France starting in early 2012.
The investment follows on from the Group’s decision to extend its line-up of gasoline engines with a turbocharged version of the 3-cylinder naturally aspirated engine currently under development. With this investment, PSA Peugeot Citroën has confirmed its commitment to maintaining extensive engine production operations in France.
La Française de Mécanique currently builds petrol and diesel powerplants for Peugeot and Citroën Peugeot models, as well as the EP engine developed in partnership with the BMW Group.
Created in 1969, La Française de Mécanique is a 50-50 joint venture between PSA Peugeot Citroën and Renault, with 3,400 employees. It’s machining and assembly lines produce 6,200 engines per day. Output in 2009 totalled 1.3 million units, of which 942,000 were for PSA Peugeot Citroën.