Stellantis has suspended operations in its automotive production unit in Russia due to a shortage of parts, Eric Laforge, head of Europe’s light automotive unit, told Automotive News Europe.
Stellantis had already stopped importing and exporting to Russia
Stellantis had earlier said it was suspending car imports and exports from Russia following the Ukraine invasion, which began on February 24.
The production of the van stopped in Kaluga
The group operates a car manufacturing unit in Kaluga, 180 kilometers southwest of Moscow, in partnership with Mitsubishi, where it manufactures medium-sized vehicles for manufacturers Citroën, Opel and Peugeot.
At the end of March, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said it was possible the Kaluga manufacturing unit could be forced to suspend production as supply of parts declined.
On Thursday, Eric Laforge informed Vehicle News that the manufacturing unit had suspended operations.
Many producers were forced to stop production in Russia
Many car manufacturers have suspended or suspended operations in Russia since the invasion of Ukraine, such as Ford, BMW, Renault Group and Volkswagen Group. VW has stopped working in its manufacturing unit in Kaluga.
Sales of the new car decreased by 63% in Russia in March, and infected for the ninth consecutive month.
Russia planned as a production center for exports
Currently, Stellantis has a limited presence in the Russian market. Manufacturing in Kaluga was about 11,000 items last year. But the manufacturer had planned to start transporting vans from Russia to Western Europe and to start collecting Fiat brand cars there.
From now on, Stellantis will focus on van manufacturing in its manufacturing unit in Hordain, northern France, to cover the exports that are to come from Kaluga. Statement by Eric Laforge.
Hordain and Kaluga design trucks mainly based on the Stellantis’ K0 platform. Hordain Factory produces Citroën Jumpy, Fiat Scudo, Opel / Vauxhall Vivaro and Peugeot Knowledgeable for Stellantis as well as Toyota Proace. Mitsubishi builds Pajero Sport in Kaluga. The plant is owned by PCMA Rus, a three-way partnership where Stellantis owns 70% and Mitsubishi 30%. Mitsubishi said on April 8 that “due to material difficulties, transportation of vehicles and supplies provided,” Kaluga manufacturing had been suspended since March.
Source: Vehicle News