10 March 2011

Car Production Italy/Spain: 2010


Italy: In 2001, nearly 1.3 million cars were built in Italy. It declined slowly until 2008, when it then dropped 28% to 660,000 and then held its own in '09 thanks to the scrappage scheme supporting small Fiats. Reality hit in 2010, when such schemes ran out and production sank to under 600k. Only the Fiat group make cars here.

Make-Incr/Decr
Fiat 337,000 -22%
Alfa Romeo 120,000 +18%
Lancia 100,000 -14%
Others 18,000 +17%
Total 575,000 -13%

Summary of Italian car production: Alfa production in Italy should do OK in 2011, but Fiat and Lancia will drop further.


Spain: 2.4 million cars were made here in 2004, and have held up pretty well since despite difficult market conditions. A small increase was welcome in 2010, to partially offset 13% and 9% decreases the previous two years.
Despite only having one local brand Seat (VW owned), many car makers have plants here.

Make-Incr/Decr
Renault 350,000 0%
GM 345,000 +11%
VW 335,000 +40%
Seat 335,000 +11%
Ford 255,000 -15%
Citroen 170,000 -10%
Peugeot 105,000 -2%
Nissan 40,000 +100%
Other 15,000 +50%
Total 1,950,000 +7%


Summary of Spanish car production: A wide variety of brands make up car making here. That helps to cushion against fluctuations within the industry. An important part of the economy in Spain.

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