Spain´s Top Gear fans are outraged by the portrayal of Spain in this week´s episode. Filmed in various parts of Spain, presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond investigate the country in light of the economic crisis. One “Spaniard” comments on the website, “it was as if they have chosen all the poorest and worst places to film… It seemed the BBC and Top Gear wanted to show the worst of us” and “the places were chosen to show only part of the reality” of the current situation in Spain.
In fact Spain has seen increased activity in property sales in spring that have continued into the summer months and despite the lack of employment, Spain´s economy is on the up. Also following steps already taken by Banco Santander and CaixaBank, Banco Sabadell is to allocate 1,000 million euros for mortgages on properties purchased from the Sareb ( the Company for the Management of Assets proceeding from Restructuring of the Banking System) until 31st December 2014. Director General, Carlos Ventura said that the signing of the agreement displays the Sabadell’s “confidence and commitment to the objectives of the Sareb”, and Director General, Walter De Luna painted the importance of such agreements as an active move to increase confidence in buying in Spain.