AutoRoyal visit to the Stellantis factory

Royal visit to the Stellantis factory

25 years ago a young Don Felipe , then Prince of Asturias , visited the Balaídos facilities on the occasion of the launch of the Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Partner . The PSA Group business models represented a revolutionary concept for the transport industry, as they were perfectly suited for professional and personal use. Already then, the visit was understood as a gesture of support and endorsement of an essential industry in our country, with thousands of companies related to the manufacture of automobiles. An affection that, once again, the now Majesty the King of Spain has processed when visiting the Stellantis facilities in Vigo. This time, the culprits are the 100% electric launches of the commercial range: the Citroën ë-Berlingo and ëBerlingo Van, Peugeot e-Rifter and el-Partner. In addition, the Opel Combo-e Life and Cargo of the firm that also belongs to the conglomerate formed after the acquisition of FCA.

A few months ago we talked about Stellantis’ commitment to Spanish factories, their training and investment. With these new models, and the choice of Galician plants as its development center, the automotive group reinforces its leadership in the light commercial market . Electrification is not an option for the company, which wants to become the standard bearer for low emissions in all segments. For this reason, Stellantis has proposed that the sustainable passenger car mix in Europe grows steadily by more than 70%, 10 points above current forecasts for the car sector. A promise that is lowered to 40%, between commercials and cars, in the United States.

A view that goes beyond

Along with His Majesty the King , authorities from the Government of Spain, the Xunta de Galicia and local administrations attended the Vigo de Stellantis Center. The President of the Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo , accompanied by the Second Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz , did not miss the visit. Along with them was also the President of the Parliament of Galicia, Miguel Ángel Santalice s and the Government Delegate in Galicia, Juan Manuel Miñones . Abel Caballero , Mayor of Vigo, was part of the political squad hosted by Giorgio Fossati , Stellantis General Counsel and other representatives of the firm in Europe who had the invaluable support of José Antonio León Capitán , Director of Communication and Institutional Relations of Stellantis Iberia.

The different directors of the brands (Citroën, Opel and Peugeot) in Spain and Portugal also attended to present the new models and were presented to His Majesty the King. And it is not for less, because the range of possibilities is wide and very varied. So other aspects such as investment must be taken into account in your electrification plans. Stellantis plans to invest more than € 30 billion by 2025 in electrification and software development, with an investment efficiency 30% higher than the industry average.

Stellantis in Spain

Luckily, taking into account the current global market situation, Spain is among Stellantis’ plans. The group has 40 100% electric and plug-in hybrid models from the brands Citroën, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Jeep, Opel and Peugeot. A variety that allows you to cover practically all of the existing segments today, both in the professional and private fields. To do this, it relies on Spanish plants, manufacturing a 100% electric model in each of them: the Citroën ë-C4 in Madrid, the Opel Corsa-e in Zaragoza and the Peugeot e-2008 in Vigo, a plant that incorporates all 6 zero emissions commercials that we talked about earlier.

To keep pace with electrification, the Stellantis group must take a major technological leap that is transferred to the centers. To turn Vigo into a 4.0 factory, four new ranges and more references have been installed in the workshops, in addition to the introduction of robots as partners in the manufacturing lines. As the group explains to us: “The batteries are assembled in the Battery Workshop, implanted on an area of 5,600 m2. It has 170 employees and has a potential of 20 batteries / hour ”. ” Stellantis fully relies on the know-how of the teams in Madrid, Vigo and Zaragoza in this new era of mobility marked by electrification, in which Spain is actively participating,” said Giorgio Fossati, Stellantis General Counsel.

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