Renault vehicles new to Spain
Renault showed some vehicles new to the Spanish market. The Espace and Scenic are only now available in Spain after a long wait, and the Laguna had an Initiale version with a new 3.0-liter V-6 engine. In a few weeks the Megane TDI four-door and five-door will have the new 1.9-liter turbodiesel direct-injection engine making 100ps.
Patrick Faure, executive vice-president for sales, said Renault would have a sport-utility in two years. He implied that the vehicle would be built with a partner, but he did not reveal any details.
Successful automotive group Berge & Cia - the Spanish distributors of Toyota, Lexus, Hyundai, Chrysler, Jeep, Rolls, Bentley, Ferrari and Maserati - occupied the whole of Hall 9 at the show. Next time, Protons could be included in its exhibition. 'We are not here for image, but to sell cars,' said CEO Leopoldo Villamil. It does sell them. In 1996, its aggregate sales of cars and sport-utilities was 38,800 uits, up 27 percent. In the first four months of this year it has sold 13,900, an increase of 21 percent.
Seat got to use Volkswagen Group's A00 city car platform first, and the Arosa is expected to boost sales in all of Seat's markets. But the Spanish company isn't selling the first batch of Arosas in Spain. Dealers in Germany got them in mid-May, three weeks before Spain did. 'We had 5,000 orders in Germany for Arosa,' said Detlev Schmidt, Seat vice president for sales and marketing.