Sevel is an acronym of "Société Européenne de Véhicules Légers" (European Light Vehicle Company), established in 1978 by PSA Peugeot Citroën and Fiat for a joint venture of factories building cars for both carmakers. Formerly, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Talbot were also part of the joint venture. Sevel Argentina was its subsidiary. Sevel Sud in Italy began manufacturing in 1981. Sevel Nord in France started in 1993. Fiat sold its share of Sevel Nord to PSA in 2012. A joint venture extension for Sevel Sud sees joint manufacturing remaining there until 2019.
Sevel Nord (from Société Européenne de Véhicules Légers) is a car factory near Valenciennes, France, with manufacturing commencing in 1993. It was a joint venture between PSA Peugeot Citroën and Fiat, but Fiat sold its share to PSA in 2012. Sevel Nord continues to manufacture vans for Fiat, and from 2013 for Toyota. Production of the current model is expected to cease in 2017.
It has a production capacity of 200,000 vehicles per year, and a total of 2,400 employees. In 2011 some 94,000 vans were manufactured, 74,000 of which were Peugeot and Citroen and 20,000 were Fiat models.
Sevel Nord has produced:
- Minivans/MPVs nicknamed Eurovans: Synergie/Evasion, Fiat Ulysse, Lancia Phedra, Peugeot 807/806.
- Light commercial vehicles
The factory began manufacturing in 1981. It has a production capacity of 250,000 vehicles per year, with a total of 6,081 workers employed. In 2013, Fiat and PSA announced new investment for new generation van, with a €550milltion/€150million split in investment, with the joint venture scheduled to run until 2019. The facelifted third generation model was launched in 2014.
- First generation (1981–1993)
- Second generation (1993–2006)
- Third generation X250 (2006–present)
Sevel Uruguay, located in Montevideo, Uruguay is an assembler of automobiles branded Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Iveco. The company was founded in 1984 and since 1992 it has assembled vehicles as CKD -related kits. The vehicle identification number, however, uses the plant's own brand code 9U1.
In Uruguay these have been assembled: Fiat Uno, Fiat Uno Way, Fiat Fiorino, Fiat Punto, Fiat Palio, Fiat Palio Weekend, Fiat Siena, Fiat Strada Trekking, Fiat Stilo, Fiat Idea, Fiat Idea Adventure, Fiat Linea, Fiat Ducato and Iveco Daily. Some of the vehicles assembled in Uruguay are also marketed in Central America.
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