Milestone on the road to 2020
Although not matching the brilliance of previous years with their streams of new launches at plants throughout Spain, on the industrial front 2016 marked a welcome milestone on the road to the decade’s end. The year saw confirmation of a series of new vehicle awards for the next three years while the majority of the country’s plants were busy getting their facilities ready for the new challenges that will further consolidate and strengthen their already proven competitiveness. It also served to move vehicle sales closer to the three-million-unit mark, a figure that, as ANFAC (Asociación Nacional de Fabricantes de Automóviles y Camiones – National Association of Automobile and Truck Manufacturers) has reiterated in recent months, will be reached by the end of 2017. This would make the 3 Million plan that the association announced in November 2012 and that, for many, was little more than a pipe dream, a tangible reality. Already exporting enormous volumes — thanks in part to the exclusive manufacture worldwide of several models — the vehicle-making industry would be glad of a domestic market that delivered sales of between 1.2 and 1.3 million units. The eighth PIVE scrappage scheme expired last summer and dealer and distributor associations are calling for new incentives to prevent a potential downturn in new registrations. The success of that move will become evident in a year in which the automotive industry will remain a benchmark for the Spanish economy.