Lisbon, Portugal (PortSEurope) November 22, 2018 – Research by Germany Trade & Invest shows that German vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen AG is a key presence in the expanding automotive industry in Portugal, and Vigo port in Spain also.
Volkswagen Autoeuropa operates a car plant in Palmela, 30 km south of Lisbon, where car production rose by 141 percent to 143,000 units – the largest foreign direct investment in Portugal. Since 2014, VW has invested around €670 million ($763.55 million) in the expansion of the plant. These include the conversion to the so-called modular transverse modular system (a modular system for cars with transversely mounted engines and gearboxes) and the production of the new SUV T-Roc, which was launched in the summer of 2017 under the motto “Ready to Roc”. The Volkswagen Sharan and the SEAT Alhambra are also being built in Palmela.
The high capacity utilization at Volkswagen Autoeuropa by the T-Roc off-road vehicle boosts Portugal’s car production. The supply industry is also receiving impetus from Vigo, Spain.
Peugeot Citroën has also increased output by 15% since the beginning of 2018.
Since 2012, the Fuso Canter brand trucks manufactured in the northern Portuguese city of Tramagal by Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) have been available in a hybrid version with the battery system supplied by Daimler AG.
Caetano Bus uses hydrogen cells. In September 2018, the company introduced the Fuel Cell Bus project, which plans to build a fuel cell bus in partnership with Toyota. The first vehicles will be produced by the end of 2019.
Bosch has strengthened its presence in Braga and opened a technology centre at the end of May 2018, where 200 engineers will be working on the development of sensors and software for automated driving. In Braga, Bosch manufactures and develops multimedia components for networked mobility. Volkswagen is also investing in a centre for software development for networked vehicles in Lisbon.
The city of Vigo in Spain is also important to the automotive industry, where the PSA Group produces the new compact Vans Peugeot Partner and Rifter, Citroën Berlingo, Opel/Vauxhall Combo (so-called project K9) and prepares for a new off-road vehicle of the brand Peugeot.
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