This is the fifth time that Volkswagen’s main plant in Wolfsburg has produced a model for another Group brand. A SEAT model, the Arosa, rolled off the production line in Wolfsburg from the end of 1996 until 1998. Wolfsburg produced the Audi 50 from 1974 to 1978, the Audi 80 from 1994 to 1998 and the Audi 100 from 1993 to 1997. The Audi 50 was largely identical to the VW Polo, which was assembled in Wolfsburg from 1975. Current Polo is now produced at the Pamplona plant
For the first time in two decades, Volkswagen's Wolfsburg plant is producing a model of another VW Group brand: the SEAT Tarraco. The Spanish brand's SUV is based on the VW Group MQB production platform.
In Wolfsburg the Tarraco shares a production line with two Volkswagen models, the Tiguan and Touran.
Volkswagen says the step towards multi-brand production will boost the capacity deployment of Volkswagen's main plant. The production of the Tarraco in Wolfsburg is part of the 'Pact for the Future' concluded by the company and the Works Council at the end of 2016. The pact is described by VW as a 'far-reaching timetable for improving the economic viability of the Volkswagen brand and placing the company on a firm footing for the future'.
Volkswagen Member of the Board for Production and Logistics Dr. Andreas Tostmann says: "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."
SEAT Executive Vice-President for Research & Development Dr. Matthias Rabe pointed out that the Tarraco was completely designed and developed in Spain by SEAT and then prepared for series production with VW "in a very short time".
With its new flagship, the Tarraco, SEAT says it is rounding off its SUV family, which also includes the Ateca and Arona.
According to just-auto QUBE/PLDB, there are five- and seven-seat variants and these are aimed at the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Ford Edge, Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe. The public debut was at the Paris motor show in October 2018.
Like certain other SEAT models, the SUV is named after a Spanish city or region. SEAT ran a competition to decide the name: Tarraco is the ancient name of the current city of Tarragona.
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