For the first time in 20 years, Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant is manufacturing a model of another VW Group brand: the Seat Tarraco.
The start of Tarraco production marks the fifth time that VW’s main facility has built a model for another Group brand. The plant built the Audi 50 (1974-1978), Audi 80 (1994-1998), Audi 100 (1993-1997), and Seat Arosa (1996-1998).
As with the Audi A1 that’s built in Spain, it’s a matter of synergies within the German group. According to VW, the production of the Spanish SUV in Wolfsburg “exploits the synergy effects of the MQB production platform.” More specifically, the step towards multi-brand production will boost the capacity of the VW plant.
The Tarraco will roll off the same assembly line as the VW Tiguan SUV and Touran MPV. The production of the Tarraco in Wolfsburg is part of the “Pact for the Future” the company and the Works Council signed at the end of 2016.
“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,” said Dr. Andreas Tostmann, Volkswagen Member of the Board for Production and Logistics.
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.