The new Picanto initially will offer a choice of two gasoline engines used in the current generation and shared with the Hyundai i10. It is assembled on a new mechanical platform that also will be shared with a future i10.
Juan Lopez Frade, general manager of Suzuki Iberica, hopes to sell 1,000 units of the Ignis, which has just reached showrooms in the region, over the coming 12 months. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2016 Paris auto show.
Since Panasonic bought into FICOSA the companies have launched new products such as an electronic rearview mirror that works with cameras and have accelerated the development of modules used in connected and autonomous cars.
Sales mainly will be built on three CUV models: the refreshed ASX and gasoline and plug-in hybrid versions of the Outlander. Another CUV, the Eclipse Cross coupe, debuts at the upcoming Geneva auto show and comes to market late in the year.
Dealers in 2016 averaged 1.6% profitability on 2016 sales of €7 billion, a margin far from the desired 3% “that has already been reached by our colleagues in the U.S.,” says Jaime Roura, president of Spain’s Federation of Auto Dealers Assns.
Hyundai Spain General Manager Polo Satrustegui forecasts 55,000 sales and a 5.5% market share for 2017, but says deliveries and share could reach 58,000 and 8%, respectively, if the government renews a cash-for-clunkers subsidy program for at least the ninth time since 1994.
Nissan Spain executive Alan Johnson says NT500 production is being terminated because sales of the truck didn’t justify the investment required to upgrade its engines to meet European emissions standards.
Mazda Spain sees a flat result this year, estimating it will sell only about 18,500 units. CEO Jose Terol says that is because he expects the midyear launch of its best-selling CX-5 to curtail sales of the model it will replace.
The fifth-gen Ibiza is one of the first vehicles built upon VW Group’s MQB A0 platform, a shorter variant of the new, weight-saving MQB platform. Future VW Polos and a small CUV based on it also will use the MQB A0.
Nissan ranked eighth in sales and claimed a 5% share of the Spanish market in 2016. The automaker’s strength was in CUVs, where it held a 14% share of a segment that occupies nearly 25% of the overall market.
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