Heuliez

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Heuliez was a French company that worked as a production and design unit for various automakers. It specializes in producing short series for niche markets, such as convertibles or station-wagons.

Business activity ended on 31 October 2013. The company's plant and buildings have been taken over by the "Fabrique régionale du Bocage", a quasi-company which has the regional government of Poitou-Charentes as its majority share-holder.

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Heuliez was created in 1920 by Adolphe Heuliez, who started by making horse-drawn carts. As early as 1925, he assembled his first car, a Peugeot 177B. He also created a subsidiary company for the production of buses, which was later sold.

Towards the end, however, the main product of Heuliez is the retractable roof made for the Peugeot 206 CC. 350,000 units have been produced. It also produced entire cars, such as the Opel Tigra. Since 1985, Heuliez has produced more than 450,000 cars, with a staff of over 2,000. More recently, however, poor sales of the Tigra forced Heuliez to reduce its staff by 541 and Opel asked Heuliez to reduce its output from 200 to 50 cars/day until the end of 2006.

In October 2007, Heuliez asked for protection from creditors.[1] In July 2008 Argentum Motors committed to investing ten million Euros in the business with a further ten million Euros during the ensuing five year in return for 60% pf the company's capital, but the agreement was not followed through.

Heuliez is trying to put a four-door convertible, similar to the Peugeot 407 Macarena prototype, into production within the next five years.

The main production plant is located in Cerizay in the Deux-Sèvres département. The president of Heuliez is Paul Quéveau.

Since 2010, Heuliez went out of convertible roof top making business.

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