Mi­les­to­ne on the road to 2020

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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.

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