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Automotive industry in Spain - statistics & facts

The automotive industry in Spain has witnessed a productivity decrease in recent years. Despite that, the Mediterranean country remains one of the largest producers of vehicles worldwide, second only to Germany among European countries, as production volume in 2020 exceeded 2.2 million units. However, the relative weight of industrial vehicles continues to be small for the national industry, making up less than two percent of total production.

Employment in the sector

The loss of productivity does not appear to have hampered job creation within the sector. Taking into account that there are more than 3.7 million unemployed workers in Spain, and an unemployment rate above 16 percent, it stands out that motor vehicle manufacturers and companies working on their sales and repairs have approximately half a million employees. Female representation in the workforce remains a pending issue.

Domestic and international markets

Regarding sales, the domestic market is expected to keep growing in the next few years. Nonetheless, the sales volume is still far from achieving the dimension of markets such as the U.S. or China. Madrid and Barcelona play a crucial role in this positive trend, mainly due to drivers’ preference for local products. Latest data points at Seat Leon as the second most registered model in Spain as of 2020, with other two Seat models close to the top.

The popularity of Spanish cars goes beyond domestic borders. Actually, the vast majority of cars manufactured in Spain are exported abroad, although this share has been declining during the past few years. France and Germany stand out as the main commercial partners of the Spanish automotive industry, they imported more than 13 million euros worth of motor vehicles manufactured in Spain in 2020. That year, the share of vehicles exported to these two countries alone was around 40.2 percent of the total amount of vehicles exported by the industry.

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