The Lehendakari officiates the launch of the new Mercedes Benz models "made in Basque Country”
Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu, the Basque Premier, and King Juan Carlos of Spain officiated the event to launch Mercedes Benz's new V-class people carrier and its new Vito van. They are “Made in Basque Country” models, manufactured at the Mercedes plant in Vitoria-Gasteiz.
The Lehendakari stressed that this presentation symbolised the upturn in the Basque economy. “The Basque Country is today a sign of confidence,” explained the Lehendakari after quoting positive figures regarding investment, exports, internal demand and household consumption. The Lehendakari highlighted that “the economic recovery and the generation of job opportunities requires realism and enthusiasm, trust and concentration".
The Lehendakari gave the Mercedes Benz industrialisation project as an example, a project that “managed to adapt and be renewed”, hand-in-hand with training workers. Dieter Zetsche CEO of Daimler, Volker Mornhinweg, Vice-President of Mercedes Benz, and José Manuel Soria Ministry for Industry, Energy and Tourism, were also at the event to launch the V-Class people carrier and the Vito van..
The Mercedes Benz representatives stressed their commitment to the Vitoria-Gasteiz plant in which they have invested 190 million euros, the largest investment in recent years in a van plant. They hinted at “great plans” for this plant, along with “guaranteeing the jobs for the coming years".