- Opel, which manufactures its Corsa and Meriva models with LP Gas engines at the Figueruelas factory in Zaragoza (at a rate of 120 cars a day), will boost the commercialisation of its range of vehicles using this alternative fuel, and will collaborate with Repsol in technology development activities.
- Repsol will support Opel in its commercial strategies for vehicles using automotive LP Gas, and will open around 100 new Autogas sites, in addition to the 235 it already has in its service station network.
- Autogas offers savings of up to 40% on fuel and benefits from the PIVE 5 and PIMA Aire government schemes for efficient and environmentally-friendly vehicles due to its low particulate and NOx emissions. It also reduces the greenhouse effect because of its minimal CO2 emissions.
Repsol’s LP Gas Commercial Director in Spain, José Manuel Hernández-Carrero, and the Executive Commercial Director of General Motors España, Enrico De Lorenzi, signed a strategic agreement at the Opel factory to promote the sale of Autogas powered vehicles and increase usage of this alternative fuel in Spain. The event was attended by the GM Managing Director and Manager of the GM España factory, Antonio Cobo, and the Manager of Repsol’s Autogas Project, David Fernández de Heredia.
Through this alliance, Repsol, the market leader for Autogas distribution in Spain, will join forces with Opel, which offers a wide range of models that are able to use automotive LP Gas. Opel currently has 115,000 LPG automobiles on the road in Europe.
“Through this agreement, Repsol has reinforced its commitment to the development of Autogas in the Spanish market, where it has achieved growth in line with other European markets thanks to its significant environmental and economic advantages, which have made it the most widely-used alternative fuel in the world”, José Manuel Hernández-Carrero pointed out. According to Enrico De Lorenzi, “General Motors is committed to alternative clean fuels such as LP Gas, which has had great success in many European countries as a result of its economic advantages, environmental friendliness and the long range of LP Gas-powered vehicles.
We welcome this agreement, as it will allow customers, in particular all our fleet clients, to commit to this fuel in the knowledge that they will have access to an increasingly extensive network of refuelling sites”. Antonio Cobo, GM Managing Director and Manager of the GM España factory, said that “the quality of the LP Gas installation in our vehicles is guaranteed, as the AutoGas version designed by our engineers is assembled as a fully integrated part of our manufacturing process, offering an additional option for the vehicle without the involvement of any third parties, garages or conversion centres”.