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PSA sets up shop in Namibia


Peugeot, Citroen, DS and now Opel/Vauxhall parent company, Groupe PSA, has announced the signing of an agreement with the Namibian Development Corporation to assemble vehicles in the port of Walvis Bay from the second quarter of this year.

Initially consisting of the Peugeot 3008 and later its mechanically identical twin, the Opel Grandland X, the agreement forms part of PSA's "Push to Pass" initiative aimed at improving its footprint in markets where it operates and will see the models in questions being assembled from semi-knocked down kits with a projected target of 5 000 units by 2020.

"This investment in Namibia is part of Groupe PSA’s long-term strategy to increase its sales in Africa and the Middle East, which is consistent with our target to sell one million vehicles in 2025. This new capacity will serve regional markets with products in line with our Opel and Peugeot customer expectation," Executive Vice President for the Middle East and Africa Region at Groupe PSA, Jean-Christophe Quemard, said.

Sales of the Namibian sourced models will take place in mainly Southern African countries including South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana and of course Namibia.

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