The Coventry plant’s 2,300 staff and trade unions were officially told today, by Jean Martin Folz, CEO of PSA.
Folz said: 'The proposal follows a detailed study during the first quarter of 2006 by the group of its industrial cost effectiveness which has clearly confirmed the weaknesses for the Ryton plant. High production and logistical costs mean that the group is unable to justify the investment needed for the production of future vehicles.
'These internal factors, together with reduced demand and intense competition in Europe, have led the group to come to this difficult conclusion, having already reduced production at a number of other European sites at the end of 2005.'
The plant will be brought to a close in two stages. It currently operates two shifts, which will be moved to a single shift in July. Production will not continue beyond July next year.
The company says it will work with trade unions and the Government throughout the next few months to provide support packages for its staff.