For the first time in 20 years, Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant is manufacturing a model of another VW Group brand: the Seat Tarraco.
SEAT says that “synergy effects” are the main driving force behind the decision to move the Tarraco’s production to Germany, where it will be built alongside with the Tiguan and Touran, both also based on the modular MQB platform that underpins the Tarraco.
“The Tarraco was completely designed and developed in Spain by SEAT,” Matthias Rabe, Vice-President for R&D at SEAT, commented. “Together with a really enthusiastic team at the Wolfsburg factory the vehicle was then prepared for series production, and this in a very short time. That strengthens the already close ties between SEAT and Volkswagen even more.”
Besides the Tarraco, other Seat models produced outside of Spain include the Ateca and Toledo in the Czech Republic, the Alhambra in Portugal, and the Mii in Slovakia. The Seat Ibiza, Arona, and Leon are built in the Spanish plants of Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell.
The last time Volkswagen assembled a model for another brand from the VAG portfolio was in 1998, when the Arosa supermini was rolling off the production lines. From 1974 to 1978, Volkswagen also produced the Audi 50, followed by the Audi 80 and Audi 100 from 1994 to 1998 and 1993 to 1997 respectively.
“A competent, globally leading production network across the Group is one of the biggest levers for efficiency enhancement. The SEAT Tarraco is an example of the way more plants within the Group-wide production network will produce vehicles for several Group brands at the same time in the future,” added Andreas Tostmann, Volkswagen Board Member for Production.
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