Peugeot 2008-14

Peugeot will double production of the 2008 crossover in France to meet higher-than-expected demand, reports Automotive News. According to brand CEO Maxime Picat, PSA Peugeot Citroen‘s Mulhouse plant will add a second shift in September to build 10,000 units of the B-segment SUV a month, up from 5,000.

The Peugeot 2008 seems to be off to a good start. “We have 16,000 orders, mostly coming from dealerships where the 2008 wasn’t even presented,” Automotive News quotes Picat as saying.

Analyst IHS Automotive has told Automotive News Europe that the 2008 would quickly overtake the Nissan Juke to lead the subcompact SUV segment, which it says will surpass half a million in terms of sales by 2015. That’s nearly 70% up from 2012.

200,000 Peugeot 2008s are expected to be sold in 2015, with half of that number built in Mulhouse for Europe and other markets (apart from South America and China). 45,000 will be made in Brazil, and the remainder in China.

Analyst JATO Dynamics says 38,383 Nissan Jukes and 25,853 Opel/Vauxhall Mokkas were sold from January to April this year, No 1 and No 2 in the segment respectively. IHS expects the newly-launched Renault Captur to take the Mokka’s spot, adds the report.