Citroen India said this month that it will begin exporting automobiles to ASEAN and African markets from Kamarajar Port in Tamil Nadu.
In a statement, Citroen, which is a member of the Stellantis group, added that it has signed a preliminary agreement with Kamarajar Port for the export of the cars to foreign markets.
Stellantis Group is the result of the merging of two worldwide automakers, FCA and Groupe PSA.
The Made-in-India "New C3" B-hatch cars will be exported to ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nation) and African nations by PAIPL, Citroen India's Indian subsidiary.
Vehicle exports will begin this month as fully-assembled units, according to the company's statement.
"We began exporting powertrains from our Hosur factory in 2019, and with the launch of New C3 exports as a CBU this year, we are reaching a critical milestone in our India journey," said Roland Bouchara, CEO and MD, Stellantis India.
According to Sunil Paliwal, Chairman and Managing Director of Kamarajar Port Ltd, the Port has entered into an arrangement with PCA Automobiles to offer its services for the export of Citroen brand automobiles to ASEAN and African nations.
"Associating with PCA Automobiles will assist us in expanding our export activities. We hope that our relationship will be a success and will help the Indian economy," he added.
"Kamarajar Port fits all of Citroen's requirements to export automobiles from India as part of its internationalisation goal," says Guy Lederer, head of supply chain and logistics for India, Asia Pacific at Stellantis. The facility will be utilised to export to the rest of the world Citroen automobiles manufactured in India using the smart car platform.