| SHANGHAI, July 7
SHANGHAI, July 7 French carmaker PSA Peugeot
Citroen's Chinese joint venture with Dongfeng Motor
Group Co Ltd raised its 2014 sales target by about
50,000 vehicles on Monday after a strong first-half sales
Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile Co Ltd sold 343,170
vehicles in the first six months of the year, up 24 percent from
a year earlier and almost double the industry's growth rate of
"Based on a strong performance in the first half and good
prospects for the second half, we are adjusting the full-year
target from over 650,000 to 700,000 vehicles," the company said
in a statement.
China, the world's biggest auto market, is key to Peugeot's
turnaround plan as the struggling carmaker seeks to boost its
Asia business in order to cut reliance on Europe, where vehicle
sales are stagnant.
Peugeot struck a deal in February with Dongfeng and the
French government as part of a 3 billion euro ($4.08 billion)
bailout that gave the French company much needed capital and
greater access to Asia.
Dongfeng Peugeot said its existing three factories in China
are at full capacity, producing 2,600 vehicles a day.
Last week, Dongfeng Peugeot said it would build a fourth factory
in China, part of plans to triple annual sales by 2020.
"New products are the main driver of our robust growth," the
joint-venture carmaker said. Dongfeng Peugeot currently sells
vehicles under the Peugeot and Citroen brands, and is planning
to add Dongfeng's Fengshen range to its portfolio.
In the future, Peugeot's new models and manufacturing
technologies will be gradually introduced into the venture.
Peugeot also owns a joint venture with China's Chongqing
Changan Automobile Co Ltd that makes the premium car
($1 = 0.7345 Euros)
(Reporting by Samuel Shen and Adam Jourdan. Editing by Jane