VIENNA – PSA Peugeot Citroen is taking over Ukrainian imports of its vehicles from current importers Gruppa Kompaniy AIS (Automobiles Citroen) and OOO Ilta (Automobiles Peugeot).

The French auto maker plans to start its own company, Peugeot Citroen Ukraina, in the capital city of Kiev this month and begin import activities in April.

Ukraine will be one of the few countries with one PSA subsidiary distributing both brands. Citroen and Peugeot typically are sold by separate import companies in most countries.

PSA will import cars to Ukraine from its future Russian plant in Kaluga, as well as the company’s other global operations.

Plans are to reach a 7% combined share on the Ukrainian market by 2015. AIS and Ilta sold a combined 1,248 Citroen and Peugeot cars and light-commercial vehicles last year through November for a 0.8% share.

Citroen delivered 190 cars in the timeframe, down 80.8% from like-2008, and 369 LCVs vehicles, down 56.9%. Peugeot sold 537 cars, down 78.1%, and 152 LCVs, down 82.8%.

Total new-vehicle deliveries in Ukraine last year in the first 11 months fell a combined 73.4% to 161,592 units, as a result of the global economic crisis.