Ca­ta­lo­nia ef­fer­ves­cent

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Au­toRe­vis­ta ope­ned 2016 with an issue fo­cu­sing on Nis­san’s Barcelona plant, a fa­ci­lity that has stea­dily con­so­li­da­ted its po­si­tion by buil­ding a he­te­ro­ge­neo­us pro­duct ran­ge that spans mo­dels as dif­fe­rent from one anot­her as the Pul­sar, e-NV200 and new Na­va­ra pick-up. This spring, fo­llo­wing the an­noun­ce­ment that the Au­di A1 will be built in Mar­to­rell, SEAT — which ga­ve the Ate­ca, its big me­dium-term bet, a dazz­ling de­but at the Ge­ne­va Mo­tor Show — al­so re­vea­led that an off-road vehi­cle is set to join the li­nes in Mar­to­rell in 2017. Af­ter per­for­ming spec­ta­cu­larly well in 2015, when it built clo­se to 500,000 units, the fa­ci­lity has been up­gra­ded ready to work on a new plat­form. Alt­hough the be­ne­fi­cial im­pact that the­se two po­wer­hou­ses ha­ve on Ca­ta­lo­nia’s au­to­mo­ti­ve in­dustry is irre­fu­ta­ble, the re­gion’s in­dus­trial ba­se is keen not to be­co­me overly de­pen­dent on the two brands. Ca­ta­lo­nia con­ti­nues to of­fer mo­re and mo­re and local companies are en­cou­ra­ged by the dri­ve to in­crea­se the re­gion’s ex­per­ti­se, wit­hout of cour­se ig­no­ring op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­ter­na­tio­nal ex­pan­sion. Now th­ree years old, Ca­ta­lo­nia’s au­to­mo­ti­ve clus­ter, the CIAC, is wor­king to main­tain and sti­mu­la­te this ef­fer­ves­cent sta­te. Wat­ching how an in­dustry of the sta­tu­re of Ca­ta­lo­nia’s au­to­mo­ti­ve ba­se — which un­de­niably has the po­ten­tial to go furt­her — ma­kes its next qua­li­ta­ti­ve leap will be worth seeing.

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