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Ana Elena Heras Aznar
Investor Services Manager


Key figures:

  • Spain is the 2nd  larger car manufacturer in Europe and 8th worldwide.
  • 1st Industrial Vehicle Manufacturer in Europe.
  • The most reputed car makers are established in Spain.
  • 9 multinational brands and 17 manufacturing plants all over the territory.
  • 83% of the vehicles manufactured in Spain are shipped abroad to over 100 countries.
  • 1,000 Companies from International groups to SME’s in the Componente Industry.

The Spanish Automotive Sector turnover represents 10% of GDP and 19% of the total national exports.

More than 300.000 people is directly employed in the automotive industry and two million jobs are linked somehow with the sector. Around 10% of the working population is related to the Automotive sector.
In 2014 vehicle manufacturing in Spain was up 11% on 2013, reaching 2,402,798 units. In 2015 production will reach 2.6 Million units. The Spanish Industry has launched the 3 Million Plan to reach 3 million vehicles in 2017.
The 9 multinational brands established in the country have in course €10bn of productive investment to expand production and to manufacture new models and electric models in their spanish plants.


Spanish Production Plants rank among the most technologically advanced in Europe, with 89 robots for each 10.000 workers, and one of the highest investment rates in R+D among all industries, supported by an outstanding network of Automotive clusters and 34 Technology Centers.

Auto-Pars Industry

Spanish Auto-Parts Industry is another key factor to the success of the automotive sector. A thousand of companies belonging to 720 entrepreneurial groups are located in Spain, providing a fast and customized service to manufacturing plants. This industry turns over 30,000 million euros, 60% belonging to exports.


Spain is a privileged export platform towards european markets, North Africa, Latin-America and Mediterranean markets.
Exports of made in Spain vehicles rose by 8.5% in 2014. 2,039,893 units were shipped abroad that year. The Export value was over €30bn. Non traditional markets as USA, North-African countries, Turkey are underwriting this upward trend.
5 million vehicles are transported every year in Spain being the modern infrastructures and logistics facilities of the automotive sector a key factor of competitiveness of Spanish factories and distribution network.

Future: The electric vehicle

Spanish scientific, technological and industrial capabilities on automotive industry and ecoelectromobility are well summarized in the webpage
Spain is contributing to the new forms of eco-mobility, as a major component designer and manufacturer and as provider of infrastructures and network intelligence.
More than 100 eco and electromobility projects with Spanish participation. 74 Spanish companies and technology centers have taken part in 60% of the European projects in this area. 80 new Spanish products/technologies compiled for the Spanish Green Cars
Conference 2013

Spanish Technology Platform for Automotive and Mobility “Move to Future” gathers together 150 companies, research and technology centers acting as key technology player for innovation within the industry.


ANFAC (Spanish Association of Car and Truck Manufacturers)

SERNAUTO (Spanish Association of Automative Parts and Accesories Exporters)

For further information, please visit the “Business Opportunities” tab for this sector.

To find Grants & Incentives available for this sector, click here to access our online database and enter the text “automotive” under "Text search", one of our search parameters. With the same service, you can also search for transversal grants that might be of your interest.

Last updated: 25|02|2016

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