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.
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.
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