Jorge Palacios

Correspondent
WardsAuto

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

Articles by Jorge Palacios
Ford, PSA Land New Labor Deals in Spain 
Both auto makers promise additional jobs in exchange for lower starting wages for new employees.
For Spanish Auto Dealers, No Relief From Red Ink 
Aftermarket revenues are seen falling to between 5% and 10% in full-year 2013, as more owners pay only for repairs that keep their vehicles operable.
Suppliers Feeling Pain of Shrinking Spanish Output 
Analysts believe it will be difficult for Spain to remain a top-three EU producer, and forecasts show Europe overall will see its share of global production continue to shrink.
China’s Hawtai May Assemble Cars in Spain 
An MOU signed with the city of Paterna calls for CKD production of cars bound for North Africa and Latin America, but the plan appears to make little business sense.
SEAT to End Production of Exeo Model 
The medium-size sedan, which sits atop the SEAT range, posted sales of just 3,160 units last year, down 55.8% from 2011. During the first two months of 2013, only 428 Exeos were delivered.
Spain’s Falling Car Sales Cause Dealer Reduction 
A contraction in car sales last year is forcing many auto makers to cut their dealer networks.
SEAT Revises Growth Plan in China 
The Spanish auto maker has stumbled in China, where it sold only 3,500 vehicles and now is backing off retail-network expansion plans.
Nissan Spain Finally Gets New Model 
The auto maker reverses an earlier decision to build an upcoming car in the U.K. or Turkey, returning the project to Barcelona after securing a new concessionary labor deal in January.
Nissan’s New Labor Deal Too Late for Barcelona? 
The pact calls for 2-tier wages and more working days, but it comes a couple weeks after the auto maker’s deadline for winning a vehicle production program for 2014.
Spanish Auto Makers Persevere in Face of Eurozone Woes 
Despite shrinking sales and production, auto makers assigned several new models to their Spanish plants last year. They find the country attractive in part because of its flexible labor structure and regulations.
Nissan Seeks New Round of Salary Cuts at Barcelona Plant 
Nissan’s latest cost-reduction bid offers a replacement program for the Pathfinder and X-83 models in exchange for lower entry-level wages and more working days.
VW May Build Next-Gen Polo in Spain 
The auto maker is offering workers a €785 million investment at the Landaben plant in exchange for new work rules aimed at reducing costs.
Ford Begins Exporting Spain-Built Kuga 
The new-generation CUV will be shipped to more than 70 countries. The updated model is the fruit of a €1.1 billion investment plan for the Almussafes plant, now expected to produce 300,000 vehicles in 2014.
Spain’s Auto Makers Call for More Government Action, Investment 
ANFAC believes €500 million in government backing could help the industry hike production 50%, increase exports and boost local sales. That investment would be returned via a healthier industry and growth in GDP, the group says.
Renault Reaches Agreement With Labor Unions in Spain 
The French auto maker’s new production plan for Spain could see the addition of 1,300 jobs and new models to be built at its Valencia and Palencia plants, with increased transmission output in Seville.
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