These are intense days of concern in the Volkswagen Group, and many developments relating to the case of engine TDI sweetened for advantage in the approval tests of States United. So much so that the concern has shifted to the plant workers SEAT in Martorell . It was not for less. The heavy fines that could bring this scandal, the cost of compensation and reviews, and damage to the image of the group’s brands, worries the workers these days also met the “news” involving SEAT in the scandal. Will it affect the scheduled brand investments in Spain? Will it affect the production of the Martorell?
Notice the quotation marks on the word news, since we knew that SEAT had used a part of the 11 million engines EA189 Volkswagen has sold these years. And that does not mean that these motors represent any danger or problems for their owners. But after converting a known fact in news, there were those who questioned the maintenance of investments that were planned for the coming years . A few days ago we knew that SEAT launch four new models by 2019 and 3,300 million in equipment, facilities and R & D would be invested in Spain.
Jürgen Stackmann, president of SEAT , had to respond to rumors ensuring that investments are continuing and planning before the scandal continues to prevail (Europa Press).
Until further notice, activity in Martorell follow the course set in recent months. The problem may come when they begin to be made public the consequences of the scandal TDI .
honestly can not believe that the Volkswagen Group will suffer a trade, except debacle in the United States, where the weight of this scandal on public opinion, and the temporary withdrawal of TDI They may be more than enough for sales to plummet dramatically. But as I come from and warning, and published yesterday my colleague David Clavero, in his article on 8 fatal scenarios that cause the “TDI-Gate” Volkswagen is logical to start thinking about the long-term Here , which could be a direct cost to the Volkswagen group well above the profit before tax shown on your account profits last year.
The fact is that in Martorell investments have not stopped. The hypothesis that many share, is that this crisis will affect the whole group planning for the coming years, and especially SEAT . For the industry of our country, and the future of workers Martorell, hopefully implications SEAT are minimal, and the problems do not result in the divestment or discard the products that were already planned.