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Jorge Palacios

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

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SEAT to Design Small-EV Platform for VW Group

The new platform, to be called Small BEV, will be based on VW’s existing MEB platform for EVs, two unions representing Spanish workers say.

Electrification

SEAT to Lead CNG Development for VW, President Says

SEAT President Luca De Meo tempers his optimism about CNG by acknowledging the fueling infrastructure needs further development. He says Spain needs 300 supply points but currently only has 57.

Engines Electrified Vehicles

Head of Spanish Automakers’ Group Has Green Agenda

ANFAC believes “a structural and unique subsidies program funded with €150 million per year is necessary to increase the share of (vehicles with) new technologies in the market,” Executive President José Vicente de los Mozos says.

Markets

India’s Mahindra Making Renewed Push Into Europe

The KUV100, exhibited at last year’s Barcelona auto show, is meant to compete with the Dacia Duster and Suzuki Ignis at the low end of the market.  

Markets

PSA Madrid Plant Rejuvenated By Updated C4 Cactus

In the months before assembly of the updated Cactus began earlier this month, PSA was reorganizing the plant and remodeling the assembly line to improve efficiency.

Markets

Spain’s SEAT Turning Cupra Into Independent Brand

SEAT will launch Cupra as its first independent brand and will exhibit Cupra models at Geneva auto show. Also, the Ateca midsize SUV will be manufactured at the Skoda plant in Kvasiny, Czech Republic.

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