Opel Spain sources have said with GM’s new focus on increased output of small models, the Figueruelas plant by 2020 could approach its maximum capacity of 500,000 units per year and top the record 489,000 built in 2007.
The hatchback’s 2.0L TSI engine generates 290 hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,800 and 3,500 rpm. A 1.6L TDI diesel engine making 115 hp will be available for the entire Leon range, including the Cupra.
Suzuki Motor Iberica General Manager Juan Lopez is heartened by the automaker’s share of the Spanish market, which is expected to finish the year at 0.54% compared with 0.35% in 2015 and could reach a projected 0.67% in 2017.
“If some day diesel engines are discontinued, it will be a result of the authorities or auto industry initiatives, not of the motorists,” says Gerardo Cabanas, general manager of online retailer AutoScout24 Spain.
Despite good sales results in Western Europe last month, the Spanish auto industry has several idling plans as weak car demand is forecast for the last quarter of the current year and the first part of 2017.
The Mokka was built in South Korea when sales in major global markets began in 2012. Its initial success called for increased production and Opel management chose the Figueruelas facility, which has produced 160,000 units since September 2014.
The plant assembles 540 vehicles per day on two shifts, up from 470 in 2015. To keep pace with rising sales, 800 new workers have been hired this year, and for the first time the facility is operating during two summer months when it traditionally shuts down.
As part of the sale, Plastic Omnium will divest itself of its plastic-bumper-manufacturing business in France and its front-end-module operations in Germany, as well as one of its seven plants in Spain.
For the 23rd year in a row, top powertrain engineers from around the world gathered to celebrate the winners of the Wards 10 Best Engines competition. Trophies were awarded at a ceremony in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show.
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