King Felipe VI and the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, visit the factory that Renault has in Palencia to attend the presentation of the strategic plan ‘Renaulution’.
In this sense, the strategy of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance now focuses on the distribution of world markets among its brands. Renault will be the “benchmark brand” in Europe for vehicle production and technology development.
In Spain, Renault has up to four production factories. Thus, in Palencia and Valladolid it has vehicle assembly plants, while in Seville it builds gearboxes and a second facility in Valladolid assembles engines.
This plan focuses on redirecting the race from sales volume towards value, in addition to seeking a gradual disappearance of diesel, which is relegated to commercial vehicles, and electrification begins to play a leading role with 13 new 100% electric models in the coming years, including the announced return of the ‘zero emissions’ Renault 5.
Renault’s new plan covers the group’s strategy for at least the next four years. By that date, the French consortium will offer a catalog that includes 13 new fully electric models distributed among four completely different brands. To them will be added variants with a greater or lesser degree of electrification: microhybrids, complete hybrids and plug-in hybrids.
Sánchez greets Mañueco
During his visit to the Renault factory in Palencia, Sánchez coincided with the President of Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, whom he first greeted with a distant gesture, although the two later talked for a few minutes.
On the occasion of the presentation of the Renault industrial plan chaired by Felipe VI, Mañueco and Sánchez have coincided one day after the socialist Luis Tudanca failed in the attempt to unseat the popular president of the Government in that Community.
After greeting Pedro Sánchez’s authorities upon his arrival at the factory, the president stood in line with Mañueco precisely to await the arrival of Felipe VI, and it was at that moment that the head of the Castilian-Leon Executive addressed to him. The French ambassador to Spain, Jean-Michel Casa, joined the conversation shortly after.
The informal conversation has taken place after the failure of the motion of censure presented by the PSOE against the Government of Castilla y León chaired by Alfonso Fernández Mañueco (PP) with Francisco Igea (Cs) as vice president, a movement that according to the regional president Sánchez was behind.
Felipe VI and the President of the Government visit the Renault factory this Tuesday, where the 2021-2024 industrial plan designed on the keys to competitiveness, electrification, R + D + i and employment is presented by the President and CEO of Renault Spain, José Vicente de los Mozos, and the CEO of the Renault group, Luca de Meo.
Also present is the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, as well as the president of the Cortes, Luis Fuentes, and the mayors of Valladolid, Oscar Puente, and their counterparts from Palencia and Villamuriel de Cerrato, Mario Simón and Roberto Martín, respectively, among other authorities.
Upon arrival at the plant, Felipe VI greeted the authorities and then take a tour with the managers through the factory and the assembly line, after which the presentation of the plan will take place.
The visit to Renault by Felipe VI and Pedro Sánchez represents new support for the automotive sector after the one they did at the Seat factory in Martorell (Barcelona) and coincides with a moment in which, after the start of the pandemic, the company seeks change your business model to be based on profitability and not on sales volume.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.