Jorge Palacios


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

Tesla Pops Up on Spain’s Mediterranean Coast
Tesla’s pop-up stores in Puerto Banus and Barcelona are closing later this summer, but the automaker says permanent stores will be opened in Barcelona and Madrid during second-half 2017.
SEAT to Deploy New Arona in European Utility Wars
Going on sale in Spain in November, the Arona is based on the recently launched fifth-generation Ibiza. Both vehicles use SEAT parent Volkswagen’s MQB modular architecture.
Criticism Greets Spain’s Latest MOVEA Scheme
The latest MOVEA plan also subsidizes the installation of public charging stations, with aid of up to 40% the cost. However, the Spanish auto industry has been lukewarm to the program.
Spanish Car-Parts Makers Post Record Profits in 2016
Maria Helena Antolin, president of the Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Equipment and Components for Automotive, credits the result to improved economies locally and in Europe, the sector’s main export market.
Used-Vehicle Show a Hit Among Spanish Consumers
The Used Vehicle Show has become one of Spain’s premier automotive events, as used cars are the first option for 80% of buyers, up from 70% two years ago, according to a survey by GANVAM, the main association of Spanish auto dealers, vendors and repairers.
Mazda’s Revamped CX-5 to Battle Nissan Qashqai
The Japanese brand has exhibited at Automobile Barcelona – the new name of the traditional Barcelona Motor Show – its redesigned CX-5, which will compete with the Nissan Qashqai in Europe.
EVs’ Lagging Residual Value Concerns Renault Spain
Renault Spain’s Ivan Segal is urging creation of a residual-value scale for used EVs. He says that would give dealers who signed buy-back contracts with fleet operators time to have adequate marketing plans when the first of those vehicles are returned.
Opel Product Shuffle Begins Ahead of PSA Takeover
The next-gen Corsa will share platforms, systems and technology with the Citroen C3 and Peugeot 208 models in one of the first synergies emerging from PSA’s pending acquisition of Opel and its Vauxhall twin brand from General Motors.
Spanish Parts Makers Expand Global Reach in 2016
Exports by members of the Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Automotive Equipment and Components totaled a record €15.9 billion in 2016, up 3.3% from the prior year.
PSA Cancels C4 Cactus Shift at Madrid; 470 Jobs Lost
PSA has pledged to award the Madrid plant in 2021 a new, “high-volume” vehicle built on the automaker’s latest Common Modular Platform and invest €144 million in preparations for the new model.
Nissan Ending Spain Truck Production After 40 Years
Nissan Spain says it will invest €40 million ($43.7 million) to transform the truck-assembly plant into one that mainly will produce stampings and other parts for Renault and Nissan car bodies in the European aftermarket.
Third-Gen Kia Picanto A-Segment Car Bound for Spain
The new Picanto initially will offer a choice of two gasoline engines used in the current generation and shared with the Hyundai i10. It is assembled on a new mechanical platform that also will be shared with a future i10.
Suzuki Brings Ignis Compact CUV to Spain, Portugal
Juan Lopez Frade, general manager of Suzuki Iberica, hopes to sell 1,000 units of the Ignis, which has just reached showrooms in the region, over the coming 12 months. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2016 Paris auto show.
Best Year Since 2007 Behind It, SEAT Looks Ahead
CEO Luca De Neo says the automaker sold 408,700 vehicles in 2016, up 2.2% from 2015 and its best result since 2007, with more than 82% of production exported to markets outside Spain.
Spanish Market Slow to Connect to Electrification
That EVs and PHEVs represented 0.004% of the 1.15 million registrations nationwide last year reflects a lack of charging infrastructure and, to a lesser degree, cost.


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