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.
There may have been a translation error during PSA CEO Carlos Tavares’s talks with Spanish authorities, or the French automaker may have created the ambiguity to keep rival Volkswagen in the dark about its product plans.
The 2.0L EcoBlue engine will be offered for Transit 2-ton and Transit Custom models in 105-, 130- and 170-hp power ratings, each of which offers increased power and torque compared with the outgoing 2.2L engine.
Used cars are big business in Spain, with about 1.8 million units sold in 2015, up 11.3% from prior-year, according to the GANVAM industry trade group. That compares with 1.03 million new-car deliveries.
CEO Carlos Tavares announces the Vigo plant will be awarded the next generation of the Peugeot 208 to be built exclusively for Europe starting in 2019. PSA currently builds the B-segment minicar in Poissy, France, and Trnava, Slovakia.
The automaker will hire 1,600 new workers, reclassify 1,400 temporary workers as permanent, expand the Valladolid plant to build a new small car and a new engine, add a weekend shift at the Palencia facility and make a new transmission at the Seville factory.
The researchers conclude the net negative impact of the 2000E Plan in environmental terms was €300 million. The authors and some other analysts consider it likely other cash-for-clunkers schemes have had similar negative results.
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