Blog: Dave LeggettTorremolinos, Torremolinos

Dave Leggett | 15 September 2004

Spain isn't just a place for cheap holidays and buying second homes in the sun. Since the country's accession to the EU in the mid-80s, the country's economy has boomed and the auto market and industry has grown massively. The EU's fifth largest national economy has a car market approaching 1.5 million units per annum and plenty of domestic vehicle and auto components manufacturing operations (the big international brands are well represented, but there are also local operations, like Grupo Ficosa). Anyway, I'm pleased to say that we now have a guy on the ground in Madrid working for just-auto and that should improve our coverage of the Spanish auto industry going forward. Ivan Castano has just filed his first piece for us and we're looking forward to more in the future.

'Torremolinos, Torremolinos..' Eh? Monty Python sketch circa 1972; exciteable party from Rhyl led by Eric Idle and singing on a Spain-bound aeroplane. Brits on package holidays is one of the silly cliches that comes into my mind when I think of Spain. Can't help it. 

The Spanish auto industry trade association, ANFAC, seems to have got its act together lately. The website ( has a lot more info and now carries a lot more data than it used to. Maybe they even answer the phones now.

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