Carlos Ghosn receives the Grand-Cross of the order of Isabella the Catholic
24 October 2012 09:00
On October 22 José Manuel Soria, Spanish Minister of Industry, presented Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Renault and Nissan, with the Grand-Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic, for his contribution to the ties of friendship and cooperation between Spain and the rest of the international community.
After the ceremony, Carlos Ghosn spoke to Mariano Rajoy, President of the Spanish Government, to present Renault’s industrial plan in Spain for 2014-2016, currently under negotiation with the trade unions.
At the end of the day, Carlos Ghosn was received by His Majesty, Juan Carlos I of Spain, to talk about the current situation of the automotive market in Spain and Europe.
“I would like to thank the Spanish government and His Majesty King Juan Carlos for this prestigious award,” said Carlos Ghosn. “Spain has always been at the heart of the Alliance since its founding. President Rajoy and I were able to exchange viewpoints on today’s economic and industrial realities. He assured me of his support for our industrial plan in Spain.” He added , “I was extremely honored to be received by His Majesty and would like to thank him for the opportunity to talk together about Renault’s latest news and expectations in Spain .”
|Renault in Spain
Renault arrived in Spain in the early 20th century with the founding of Sociedad Anónima Española de Automóviles Renault (SAEAR), the brand’s second subsidiary outside France.
Renault now has robust presence in the country, with two vehicle plants – Palencia and Valladolid – and two powertrain plants, in Valencia and Seville. Spain is the Group’s tenth-largest market, with sales of 63,235 vehicles through end-September 2012. The Renault brand is the number-six brand in Spain in terms of passenger car sales, with Mégane the leader of the market.