Suzuki shuts off one production shift at Esztergom site in Hungary

Article by Andrew Christian, on October 15, 2014

Suzuki's manufacturing site in Esztergom, Hungary will continue operating at reduced capacity for the rest of 2014, according to a report by Napi Gazdasag newspaper. Suzuki spokeswoman Viktoria Ruska told the daily that the carmaker is Suzuki is maintaining its target output of 150,000 vehicles at the site.

The plant has been operating at one shift – instead of the usual two -- after stopping production of the Splash small minivan and the SX4 small SUV. The site is also preparing for the output of the new Vitara from early 2015, Ruska told the paper.

Suzuki unveiled the Vitara subcompact SUV at the 2014 Paris auto show and will commence its sales in Europe early 2015. Despite the reduced capacity, Suzuki has no plans to implement the layoffs and intends to operate back to two shifts once plant starts production of the new Vitara.

According to Automotive News Europe's guide to European assembly plants, Suzuki's Esztergom site also produces the Swift subcompact hatchback and the new S4 S-Cross.

The carmaker has seen its sales jump 12 percent in the first eight months of 2014 to 107,377, according to JATO Dynamics researchers.

The carmaker’s strong eight-month performance was helped by higher sales of the S4 S-Cross (up 25 percent to 25,577), offsetting declines at other nameplates like the Swift (down 9 percent to 31,644 units), Splash (down 11 percent to 9,664 units) and SX4 (45 percent to 10,655 units). [source: reuters.com]

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