Jorge Palacios


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

New Plant Meant to Rebuild VW’s Presence in Algeria
Under the automaker’s joint manufacturing venture with its Algerian importer and distributor, the SEAT Ibiza minicar will undergo final assembly at a plant 135 miles west of Algiers.
Suzuki Spain Stays Course Amid Political Turmoil
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.
Diesel Not Dirty Word in Spainʼs Used-Vehicle Market
“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.
Differing Directions for Spanish Car Distribution
U.S. electric-vehicle maker Tesla plans to install its battery superchargers in various locations around Spain starting in Barcelona, where it is opening a showroom.
Spanish Car Exporters Look Beyond European Union
Spanish automakers are looking to markets outside the European Union in part to avoid the effects of EU currency fluctuations that can raise the price of exported cars.
Spanish Auto Industry Puts Brakes on Production
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.
Versatility Top Feature of New-Gen Nissan NV300 LCV
The NV300 completes the renewal of the Japanese brand’s commercial-vehicle range, which also includes the Navara pickup and the NT400 and NT500 light trucks assembled in Spain.
Spanish Auto-Parts Makers Off to Good Start in 2016
The European Union was the main destination for Spanish-made components through the year’s first four months, increasing 7.6% over year-ago to €6.7 billion. The EU accounted for 75% of sales.
Opel Taps Spanish Plant to Build New Mokka X
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.
Spanish Plant Hub of Mercedes’ Midsize Van Range
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.
Faurecia Sells Auto-Exteriors Arm to Plastic Omnium
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.
Judge Pulls Parent VW Into Spanish ‛Dieselgate’ Inquiry
The decision to question VW executives in Wolfsburg comes after the prosecutor confirmed engines installed in Spanish-built vehicles were built in Germany.
Rising Economic Tide Lifts Spanish Parts Makers
SERNAUTO’s outlook calls for continued growth in the parts sector this year, with a 7% sales gain and an employment increase of 3%.
PSA: Vigo-Bound Model Peugeot 2008 CUV
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.
EcoBoost Technology Migrates to New Ford Vans
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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