Monday, July 12, 2010
The Peugeot 206 was also built at Ryton in Coventry
The 206 is mainly manufactured in Peugeot’s Poissy and Mulhouse factories although the car is also produced by Iran Khodro in Iran for that market, although Iran’s model will reportedly be exported as well. It was assembled in Chile for the Mexican and Colombian markets (French made 206s were cheaper than Chilean-built ones, in Chile). The Brazilian production in Porto Real, Rio de Janeiro, started in 2001, followed by the SW version in 2005. The Brazilian production features 1.0 L 16V, 1.4 litre 8V and 1.6 litre 16V engines, the last two of which are flexible fuel engines (petrol/ethanol).
The Peugeot 206 was also built at Ryton in Coventry, England, however, with the introduction of the ’207′ to the range Peugeot decided to pull the plug on the Ryton factory which closed in January, 2007 with the loss of 2,300 jobs making it another blow to the British motor industry after MG Rover collapsed. The 206 will continue to be manufactured in France.
The Peugeot 206 proved to be a sales success all over Europe. It was the best-selling car in Europe from 2001 to 2003. The 1.4 litre XR was the best-selling model. On May 26th 2005, the 206 celebrated the five millionth unit produced since its commercial launch on 10 September 1998.