Chery to Open First European Plant in Spain, Pioneering Production of Omoda

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On April 19, a signing ceremony for a cooperation agreement between Chinese automaker Chery and Spanish company Ebro-EV Motors was held at the Barcelona Free Trade Zone in Spain. According to the agreement, Chery and Ebro will establish a joint venture to produce Chery Omoda electric vehicles and Ebro brand cars in Barcelona.

Chinese Ambassador to Spain Yao Jing, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, President of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia Pere Aragonès, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Commerce Reyes Maroto, Vice Governor of Anhui Province Dan Xiangqian, and Consul General Hu Aimin of the Consulate General in Barcelona attended the event.

Participants from both China and Europe praised the significant importance of this cooperation project for deepening mutually beneficial cooperation in the automotive sector between China and Spain, and believed that this cooperation will contribute to the revitalization of Spain’s automotive industry and the green transformation of economic development.

According to media reports, after months of negotiations, Spanish company Ebro-EV Motors reached an agreement with Chery on the 16th. The agreement marks the first time for the Chinese automaker to enter Europe (set up a factory), and the project is expected to start in the third quarter of 2024. It is understood that Chery will produce cars at the Spanish factory of Japanese automaker Nissan. Nissan closed its plant in Barcelona at the end of 2021, which once led to the unemployment of about 2,500 workers.