GENEVA -- Peugeot will build the 206 for several years after launching the 207 replacement next year, says PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Jean-Martin Folz.
"We might produce the 206 till 2010 or beyond," Folz said in an interview at the Geneva auto show. "It will depend on customer demand."
Peugeot has sold more than 800,000 206s each of the last four years, making the small cars one of its most successful models.
At stake is the future of PSA's UK plant in Ryton, which will assemble the 206 during the car's final years.
There is concern in the UK that PSA might close the plant when it stops building the 206.
Carmakers often complain that production costs in the UK are higher than in eastern Europe or even Spain and that foreign exchange variations between the British pound and the euro make planning difficult.
"When the 206 [in Ryton] needs to be replaced, we shall see," Folz said. "The subject is not on the agenda."
The 206 version that Ryton is to build will be priced "somewhere between" the 107 entry-level minicar Peugeot just unveiled in Geneva and the future 207, Folz said.
The 107 will start at about E8,500. Peugeot has not determined 207 prices.
Folz said a decontented 206 was not Peugeot's answer to the Logan, the low cost family car Renault has launched.
"It just is not in the same category," said Folz. The Logan is longer and roomier than the 206. It costs between E5,000 and E8,000.