Jorge Palacios

Jorge
Palacios
Correspondent,
WardsAuto

Based in Madrid, Jorge writes about Spain's auto makers, suppliers and new-vehicle market.

Articles
Opel-PSA Co-Development Deal Takes Shape With LCVs 
The LCVs to be built at Vigo are among several new-vehicle programs being jointly developed by PSA and Opel/Vauxhall parent General Motors.
Spanish Car Dealers’ Profits Keep Trending Upward 
Automakers credit the uptick in profitability to restructuring efforts and the government’s ongoing scrappage program providing subsidies for new-vehicle purchases while retiring less-efficient vehicles.
CNH Juggles Truck Builds at Spanish, Italian Plants 
At the core of CNH Industrial’s reorganization is the Iveco plant in Brescia, Italy, which assembles Eurocargo medium trucks. Sagging sales have left the facility with a surplus of workers to be assigned to the Suzzara, Italy, plant gaining Daily LCV work.
Spanish Land Rover Dealers Fined for Price Fixing 
In both this and an earlier investigation a business-appraisal service was found to have used secret shoppers to monitor dealer compliance with the illegal agreements.
Three Versions of Spanish-Built Nissan Pickup Planned for Daimler
Latin American demand will be supplied for Daimler from the Renault Nissan Alliance plant in Cordoba, Argentina, where $600 million is being invested in retooling and modernization.
Spanish Car Dealers Targeted in Price-Fixing Probe 
Facing sanctions in addition to the dealers is a market-research firm that used secret shoppers to solicit offers from individual dealerships, then report back to the cartel to determine whether members were upholding the price-fixing agreements.
Spanish Dealers Filling Credit Gap Left by Banks 
A survey of 250 dealers shows 60% financed most of the vehicles they sold in 2014, up from 45% in 2012. The practice was more common among high-volume dealers.
Parasacco Named to Lead Revived Fiat Spain, Portugal 
Sales jumped 30.4% from 2012 to 2014 under Luca Napolitano as the Fiat subsidiary’s Fiat, Fiat Professional, Lancia, Jeep and Alfa Romeo brands registered more than 36,000 units and outperformed the market an average 12%.
Small But Scrappy Honda Spain Mounting Comeback 
Honda Spain sales rose 13.5% in 2013 and 11.4% in 2014 to help the country’s car market recover more rapidly than those elsewhere in Western Europe.
Volkswagen Targets Share Growth for Skoda in Spain  1
The automaker wants its Czech brand to more than double its market penetration over the long term. The new Fabia model, unveiled last year, is expected to be the big driver.
Ford Spain Plant Becomes Nexus of European Output 
The Almussafes facility is the exclusive assembler of the new Ford Mondeo and Mondeo hybrid, as well as the Kuga, Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect for Europe. Exclusive production of new S-Max and Galaxy models will be added this year.
Kadjar CUV to Push Renault Spain Output to New High 
The new C-segment model is targeted for output of 300-400 units per day, sources say, with a market launch expected by early fall in Europe.
Spanish Auto Production Reaches 5-Year High in 2014 
An 8.5% increase in exports and continued government subsidies contributed to the result, according to ANFAC, the Spanish automakers association.
PSA’s Road to Recovery Takes Turn Through Spain 
Peugeot was the most popular brand in Europe last year, when sales climbed 8.1% to 952,000 units. Citroen deliveries grew 7.2% to 689,000. The Citroen total includes 85,900 units of the newly launched DS brand of premium vehicles.
SEAT Not Sitting Still After 10% Sales Gain in 2014 
SEAT sold 304,000 vehicles in Western Europe in 2014, up 11.3%, with Germany, Spain and the U.K. being its major markets.
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