French carmaker Citroën, part of the Stellantis Group, has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kamarajar Port Ltd (KPL) to begin exporting the C3 hatchback from its factory in India. The Citroën C3 hatchback is designed and developed for emerging markets like India with the brand’s Tamil Nadu facility acting as a global manufacturing hub. The C3 will be exported to ASEAN and African markets starting this month as a Fully Assembled Vehicle (CBU).
Speaking about the MOU, Roland Bouchara, CEO & MD, Stellantis India said: “This partnership with Kamarajar Port Ltd (KPL) reinforces the group’s ‘India for the World’ philosophy of the group. Stellantis, this philosophy will drive India’s exceptional manufacturing export potential.In 2019 we started exporting powertrains from our Hosur facility and with the start of exporting the new C3. as a CBU this year, we are marking an important milestone in our India journey. We will continue to develop this into the future.”
Guy Lederer, Director of Logistics & Supply Chain for India, Asia Pacific, Stellantis said: “The Port of Kamarajar fulfills all of Citroën’s requirements to export vehicles from India as part of its strategy. A port of considerable importance in the Indian ocean logistics ecosystem, the port of Kamarajar Port will be used to export Indian-made Citroën vehicles from the Smart Vehicles platform to the world. gender. “
Sunil Paliwal, IAS, CMD, Kamarajar Port Limited, said: “We are delighted to have signed an agreement with PCA Automotive to provide our Port service to export Citroën brand vehicles to countries in ASEAN and Africa. The association with PCA Automobiles will help us to strengthen our export activities. We hope to make this partnership successful and contribute to India’s economy.”
The Citroën C3 was launched last year in the country and comes with a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine. This model has been appreciated for its comfortable ride quality, quaint and likable styling and competitive price. This model also has a host of essential features including a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, digital instrument cluster, dual front airbags, reminders. Seat belts, reverse parking sensors, ABS with EBD, etc. Prices for C3 start from $5.98 lakh (old gallery).
Although Citroën has yet to announce it, the export of the C3 will likely make way for the newly launched E-C3, the electric equivalent of the hatchback, which is also exported to some overseas markets.
First published date: March 1, 2023, 13:19 pm IST