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.