Portugal, within the European Union, is one of the countries that less weight you have in the car industry. However has in its possession two factories are very important. The first of these factories belong to the Volkswagen Group. In it are manufactured the Volkswagen Sharan, Seat Alhambra, and the first generation of the Ford Galaxy. Also, their lines also depart the Volkswagen Eos and Scirocco. In addition, he has been graced with to produce a new SUV on the platform of the Polo.
The second factory located in soil luso is the one that has the PSA Group (Peugeot-Citroën-DS). The factory of PSA-Mangualde, in collaboration with the located in Balaídos (Vigo, Spain) manufactures the current generations of the Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Partner. In addition, as has happened to the factory that has a Volkswagen in Portugal, has also received a new model for the year 2018 shared with PSA and Opel that has an internal name of “project K9”.
however, beyond these two factories, Portugal does not have more brands that are committed to it as a producer of vehicles. This situation is not understandable from a geographic point of view, and even economic. Portugal is a country strategically very well located and has a good network of communications. In addition, if we focus on cost productive in which would make the marks that they could settle in the country, we would be talking about that would be very similar to those of the countries of eastern Europe.
Mobinov want Portugal to become a new pole for the production of vehicles in Europe as what is to be Morocco for the Alliance Renault-Nissan and PSA Group. For this reason, has been in contact with asian manufacturers such as Kia, Hyundai, Geely, or Tata Motors. The reason that wields the cluster is Portuguese because the european and american manufacturers by now have their factories are well structured and do not need to make new investments in them. However, if the asian manufacturers want to have a guarantee of a successful to enter into Europe they will have to do with plants located on the continent and for this what better opportunity than in Portugal.
Source – Mobinov