In a bid to impact the European market, the car producer Chery, which produces more than 500,000 vehicles a year, intends to open a new factory in Catalunya (see original article in Castellano here, El Pais). It wasn’t the only location hoping to house the Chinese factory but sources close to the company president Yi Yaontong say that he’s confirmed his wish to come to the region after extensive talks with the Catalan Government. On the table is a factory, a logistical centre and 10,000 new jobs. The car plant will be where new cars, destined for Africa, Europe and the Near East, will be assembled and sold. Construction would start in 2012 with a view to the factory opening in 2015. According to a source close to the negotations, Chery has chosen Catalunya but as Chinese business culture dictates that nothing is declared until every last detail is ironed out, the Generalitat have been cautious about making a statement. The three possible sites for the factory are reported to be: Vila-rodona (Alt Camp), L'Espluga de Francolí (Conca de Barberà) o Abrera (Baix Llobregat).
A bus on the number 62 line caught fire a little after 5pm yesterday, causing alarm in the area of Ciutat Meridiana (see original article in Castellano here, La Vanguardia). According to witnessses, as the bus arrived at the final stop in Avenida Rasos de Peguera, passengers were forced to leave the bus after a small column of smoke was seen at the back of the bus. The driver tried to extinguish the fire but with no success. Neighbour Silvia Rosa Arrabal Monge said “the entire back part of the bus was a ball of flames”. TMB have confirmed that there were no injuries.