Catalonia concentrates 22.1% of the automotive companies in Spain, making it a significant automotive manufacturing center. Generating 9.2% of the total GDP value, automotive is one of the largest sectors of Catalonia's economy.
Being home to all levels of the value chain, Catalonia is one of the major automotive R&D and engineering hubs in Europe, as well as a hub in IT solutions and software development for vehicles and mobility. In addition, it hosts SEAT's automotive OEM development center (Volkswagen Group) and most of the engineering units of the parts suppliers Tier 1 and 2.
Mobility-as-a-Service is also a reference in Catalonia with renowned HQs, development centers, and initiatives like SEAT's Metropolis: Lab, Porsche Digital, EIT Urban Mobility, Free Now, SocialCar, Cooltra, or Hive.
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Of all Catalan exports, 12% came from the automotive industry, partly due to its excellent internal and external communication network, with full-modal integration transport systems.
Catalonia is also a highly efficient hub for European, North African, and Latin American markets, with over 400 million customers reachable in less than 48 hours. Together with a strong business network and availability of qualified workers, it is no surprise that Catalonia is a leading destination for automotive FDI, where it is the 3rd region in Western Europe for capital investment, the 2nd in terms of job creation, and the 6th regarding the number of projects (2018 - 2022).