Internal restructuring
Continente; Lisboa; Península de Setúbal
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.1 - Manufacture of motor vehicles

254 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 January 2009
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
28 February 2009


Autoeuropa, a car manufacturer, will let go of 254 temporary employment agency workers in Portugal as a result of the global slowdown in demand for the car industry.

The 254 workers (who represent 8.5% of the workforce) will stop working at the plant in February and will then be offered professional training programs, specific to the car sector, under a program set up by the Portuguese government.

The company’s spokeswoman declares that this situation should not be interpreted as a sign of difficulties or of dangers to the plant's viability. The Autoeuropa plant, with about 3,000 workers, produces four models: the multi-purpose vehicles VW Sharan and Seat Alhambra, as well as the VW Eos and the VW Scirocco.

The Portuguese authorities had previously applied for aid from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).


  • 14 January 2009: Público


Eurofound (2009), Autoeuropa, Internal restructuring in Portugal, factsheet number 67868, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67868.