Stellantis said this Tuesday that it has suspended production in Russia at the only vehicle factory specializing in the assembly of vans due to sanctions and difficulties in sourcing parts.
In its statement, the car group explained that this closure of the Kaluga plant would ensure “full compliance with all applicable sanctions” and would also protect its employees.
He also demanded that he condemn the violence and support “all measures to restore peace”, referring directly to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Stellantis had decided shortly after the outbreak of the war in Ukraine on February 24 to suspend all export and import activities with Russia.
The suspension of the Kaluga plant – in which it owns 70% and 30% of Mitsubishi – is in principle temporary, although the company has not given any indication of the future.
Prior to the conflict, Peugeot’s Expert, Citroen Jumpy and Opel Vivaro van plant employed 2,700 people, and last year only 11,000 units left the assembly line.
These figures illustrate the marginal role of production in Russia by a group like Stellantis, which sold 6.5 million vehicles worldwide last year.