Jorge Palacios


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

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.
Spanish Auto Dealers Get Taste of Black Ink in 2015
Despite the government cash-for-clunkers program’s goal of replacing older vehicles with lower fuel economy and higher emissions with new models, older cars generated an average 9.1% profit compared with 8.8% for new ones.
Deal Seals Labor Peace for Renault Spain Past 2020
Upon signing the agreement, Renault Spain’s 13,000 workers will receive a €500 bonus. The unions also will receive a cumulative 3.5% salary increase, starting with a 0.5% raise in 2017 and 1% raises in each of the following three years.
Spain’s SEAT Turns First Profit in 6 Years in 2015
The result takes into account parent Volkswagen’s assumption of the cost of retooling the 700,000 cars assembled by SEAT using emissions-test-cheating software.
Spanish Startup Unveils Prototype EV Sports Cars 2
Slightly more than 13 ft. long with a range of more than 250 miles, the first version of the Art-Tech will be a 3-door 4-seater.
Spanish Workers Dicker With VW to Add Second Model
The so-called Second Model Agreement asks VW to retain the Landaben plant as the primary Polo assembly facility and maintain production at current levels. Both sides would negotiate competitiveness targets established by the automaker.
PSA’s Spanish Plant in Running for New Model
Speculation is the new vehicle either is a version of the Chinese-built Peugeot DS 6WR or a replacement for the Citroen C-Elysee/Peugeot 301.
SEAT’s First CUV Ready for Geneva
The Spanish automaker’s first CUV will not be assembled in Spain but at sister brand’s Skoda’s plant in Czech Republic. It is the first of three crossover models to come for SEAT.
VW’s Spanish Brand SEAT in Driver’s Seat for 2016 
The Martorell plant’s loss of Q3 assembly to Gyor, Hungary, will be offset somewhat when production of the next-generation A1 subcompact moves from the Hungarian facility to Martorell in 2018.
Renault Spain Proposes New Production in Latest Labor Offer 
The Spanish subsidiary of French automaker Renault offers a 2017-2019 labor and industrial plan that would award a new model to the Valladolid plant and assure engine and transmission production in Valladolid and Seville, respectively.
Iffy Infrastructure Tests Future of Self-Drivers in Spain
Bosch says its fully autonomous vehicle technology could be ready by 2025. Whether the required infrastructure, which will cost at least €3 billion ($3.4 billion), will be ready by then remains to be seen.
Kia Spain On Top in Sibling Rivalry With Hyundai 
To maintain growth, General Manager Emilio Herrera is heading an ambitious program of new-model launches, starting with the fourth generation of the Optima model arriving in Kia showrooms before the end of January.
Renault’s Spain Investment Grows Output, Workforce 
Renault has spent the biggest portion of its €600 million 2014-2016 investment program on retrofitting the Palencia plant to the Common Modular Family platform on which the new Megane, Kadjar and Nissan Pulsar models are built.
VW to Return Cash-for-Clunkers Subsidies to Spain 
Volkswagen initially refused to give back the subsidy payments, contending they were based not on nitrogen-oxide but on carbon-dioxide emissions. But VW later admitted it had understated CO2 emissions as well.
Price-Fixing Suit Would Target Spanish Car Dealers
Rosa Guirado, one of three attorneys preparing the civil lawsuit, says the case for damages in the Spanish price-fixing case is stronger than in the Volkswagen diesel-emissions fraud scandal.


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