PARIS -- The next generation of the Peugeot 308 compact hatchback will not be built in Germany or the UK, a PSA Group spokesman said. The current 308 is built at PSA's factory in Sochaux, eastern France.
The 308 is due to be replaced either next year or in 2021. It will share a platform with the Opel/Vauxhall Astra, which will move to PSA architecture from one developed under Opel's former owner, General Motors.
The Astra, which will receive a facelift this year, is Opel's second-best selling model after the subcompact Corsa.
The production question arose after a source familiar with PSA's deliberations said the company is evaluating Ellesmere Port in England and Ruesselsheim in Germany for production of the next generations of the 308 and Astra.
German newspaper Handelsblatt in April reported that PSA would decide shortly where the next-generation Astra would be built. The Astra is now built at Gliwice, Poland, and Ellesmere Port, northwest England, but PSA has been integrating some Opel/Vauxhall models into its existing factories in an effort to increase efficiency and reduce costs.
"There is no plan to produce the 308 in Germany or in the UK," the PSA spokesman said Tuesday. "We will advise on the production site when appropriate."
According to the report in Handelsblatt, PSA is considering two options for Astra production: Building 75 percent of all Astras at Ellesmere Port, with the remaining volume moving to Ruesselsheim; or building 75 percent of Astras in Ruesselsheim, with Ellesmere Port building only right-hand-drive models for the UK, Ireland and South Africa.