Jorge Palacios


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

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.
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.


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