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[09 SEP 01] PEUGEOT NEWS
Ryton Makes Half A Million

Staff at Peugeot's Ryton plant are celebrating after the half-millionth 206 to be built in Britain rolled off the assembly track.

This milestone was reached in record breaking time since the car was introduced in the UK just under three years ago. It is the first time that so many vehicles have been produced so quickly in Rytonís history.

THE 500,000TH PEUGEOT 206 BUILT IN BRITAIN
THE 500,000TH PEUGEOT 206 BUILT IN BRITAIN

The Ryton plant just to the east of Coventry is one of the success stories of the PSA Peugeot CitroŽn group. Output has continued to grow in recent years and investment has been available to make this plant the success it is.

Manufacturing director, Christophe Gauthier said:

"It has been a terrific period for the plant in terms of production output and quality and we are well placed to continue with our stunning success. The plant is working at full capacity producing cars seven days a week.

"Everyone at Ryton can look to the future with confidence as demand for the 206 remains high. The appeal of the 206 is universal. Cars are exported all over the world and particularly to one of the most demanding markets, Japan. Here in the UK, 206 is the most popular car with private buyers and the second best seller overall.

"This year, Ryton will produce nearly 200,000 vehicles which is an increase of about 2% on 2000."

FACTFILE - PEUGEOT RYTON

MODEL

NUMBER PRODUCED RYTON PRODUCTION STARTED RYTON PRODUCTION ENDED
206 500,000 1998 ONGOING
306 427,011 1992 1998
405 475,699 1987 1993
309 118,430 1985 1989
HORIZON 51,804 1981 1985
SOLARA 66,557 1980 1985
ALPINE 144,469 1976 1985
AVENGER 637,729 1969 1977

 

Total manufacturing employees @ July 2001 2983
Cars built per week 4280
Proportion of vehicles exported in 1999 63%
Proportion of vehicles exported in 2000 58%

 

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