Jorge Palacios


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

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.
VW Spain Plant Gearing for ʼ17 Addition of Small CUV
Volkswagen’s moves appear to show the German automaker is trying to concentrate production of smaller cars, including SEAT and Audi models, at its Spanish plants.
Used Cars’ Popularity Among Spaniards Nothing New
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.
New Products Escalate Utilization at PSA Spain Plant
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.
Union Deal Clears Way for Renault Spain Investment 1
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.
Researchers Slam Spainʼs Cash-for-Clunkers Schemes
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.
In Spain, Hyundai’s Tucson Is Little CUV That Can
The new Tucson, as well as new models recently introduced in the Spanish range and new sale channels as Click2Drive, key factors to achieve this objective.


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