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.
Opel Spain sources have said with GM’s new focus on increased output of small models, the Figueruelas plant by 2020 could approach its maximum capacity of 500,000 units per year and top the record 489,000 built in 2007.
The hatchback’s 2.0L TSI engine generates 290 hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,800 and 3,500 rpm. A 1.6L TDI diesel engine making 115 hp will be available for the entire Leon range, including the Cupra.
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.
“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.
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