Come to Barcelona and Catalonia and discover one of the most innovative automotive R&D and engineering hubs for connected and electric vehicles in Europe. Catalonia Trade & Investment will connect you to local and international firms, innovation centers, tech labs and service companies that will drive your business to the future of connected mobility.
Share your automotive project with us so we can set up a tailor-made agenda for your specific needs. At any time of the year, our agency is your partner when exploring the connected vehicle industry in Catalonia.
With a 30-year track record and over 6,000 projects managed for foreign investors, we will help you get started or expand in Catalonia maximizing the return on your investment. You can also download The Connected Vehicle in Catalonia report to get a quick overview of our automotive sector’s main assets.
Discover a High-Tech Automotive Ecosystem in Catalonia
Catalonia stands out as one of Europe’s leading car manufacturing regions, with up to 25% of the automotive market in the Mediterranean area. It is home to three production plants and a SEAT R&D center, part of the world-leading Volkswagen Group, as well as a manufacturing and R&D center run by the Japanese multinational Nissan.
Furthermore, Catalonia has a strong network of engineering companies and labs in the connected vehicle sector, as well as some 600 TIER suppliers and technology providers that boost the industry’s competitiveness.
Nowadays, OEMs and Tier Ones are locating their digital hubs and innovation labs in Barcelona, a city that is a global leader in the digitalization field. This is the case of SEAT’s digital hub Seat:CODE, a unique software development center created to boost pioneering mobility solutions.
Get the Best Out of our Cutting-edge Labs for Autonomous Car Testing
Besides being Europe’s 4th most innovative city, Catalonia and Barcelona offer state-of-the-art labs and testing for connected and electric vehicles. Catalonia Living Lab is a one-of-a-kind infrastructure in Europe that provides routes on public roads and controlled environments for testing and validating autonomous driving cars.
What’s more, the Catalan company Applus+ IDIADA, a global leader in auto testing and design, also offers its new test track for connected and automated vehicles at its 818-acre technology center.
Barcelona and Catalonia enjoy a very strategic location in Southern Europe, with fast and easy access to markets in the rest of Europe, the Mediterranean region and the North of Africa. Leading infrastructures like the Port and the Airport of Barcelona ensure excellent connectivity with plenty of international cargo routes for your automotive needs.
Barcelona, a Magnet for Top Global Talent
Barcelona’s cosmopolitan atmosphere is a magnet for entrepreneurs from all over the world, being the 3rd preferred city to set up a start-up in Europe. Top universities, prestigious MBA programs, a powerful network of technology centers and coding academies generate highly skilled local and international professionals that meet the needs of the automotive industry.
Undoubtedly, talent is one of the reasons why US automotive companies like Mitek, American Axle & Manufacturing and Scoot have set up operations in Catalonia. In other economic sectors, leading US companies have built tech and innovation hubs in Barcelona, such as HP, Microsoft, Google, Airbnb, Amazon or Cisco.
Play a Part in Catalonia’s Connected Vehicle Industry
Tomorrow’s mobility is being imagined, designed and produced in Barcelona, and Catalonia Trade & Investment will connect you to the key playe�rs making change happen. Contact us and accelerate your business in an optimum environment for success.