Citroën C4 Picasso, unit 12 million manufactured in Vigo
For those who do not know, today Spain is the ninth world producer of vehicles, manufacturing more than 2.4 million units in 2015; and occupies the second place in Europe after Germany, with more than 5.9 million units, according to ANFAC. The arrival of Spain to this position in the automobile sector in europe and worldwide, by the volume of its manufacture, is not casual since nowadays the productive sector of Spanish is formed by seventeen production plants.
These plants are distributed in nine Autonomous Communities and belong to seven groups automotive: PSA Group, Renault-Nissan Alliance, Ford Motor Company, Opel-General Motors and Volkswagen A. G. together with SEAT. These along with others that are dedicated to the manufacture of commercial vehicles, industrial and heavy-duty vehicles (buses and trucks), as Nissan, Mercedes (group Daimler) and finally Iveco (Group FCA).
Currently the 80 percent of the cars that we manufacture in Spain finished in third markets. All our factories are geared to produce cars for other markets although the domestic demand is covered perfectly. With the data in hand so far this year, according to Anfac, we have exported outside of the European Union 297.000 cars. These data are very important because they show that there is a market outside the borders of the union.
therefore, it is logical movement that have been made by the leaders of the brands with a presence in Spain. Our country is still very attractive for the manufacture of cars, and although our wage costs and structure continue to be higher than in the other countries, the quality of manufacture that is reached here compensates for this increased investment. In this way, the factories of Volkswagen, Ford, Renault, PSA and General Motors are looking for new foreign markets to expand and send their models.
With this movement the Spanish factories still would be less dependent on their traditional markets by diversifying its presence in other markets. By now all the factories are located in Spain, exporting their cars to 176 countries, and with this search we hope to reach many more.
– Source Anfac