Volkswagen Navarra will manufacture the T-Cross, the new compact SUV of the Volkswagen brand. This was announced by Dr. Andreas Tostmann, Head of Volkswagen Production & Logistics. The plant, which is producing the Polo since 1984, will build a second model for the first time in its history.
The new T-Cross will share its matrix with the Volkswagen Polo. With the production of a second model in the Spanish plant, the additional workload will raise production from currently 244,000 (2017) to around 350,000 units per year, depending on the evolution of the demand, and also the workforce is increasing by approximately 10%.
“With the production of the new T-Cross in Navarra we are again using the flexibility and advantages of our worldwide production network. That’s how we are increasing productivity and ensuring quality on the highest level. This is possible due to a strong participation of the production already in the development phase of a car” says Dr. Andreas Tostmann, Head of Volkswagen Production & Logistics.
With the new T-Cross the Volkswagen brand extends its SUV model range in the fastest growing market segment in Europe. According to researches the compact SUV segment will approximately double during the next 10 years.
The Volkswagen Group has a committed investment of around €1 billion ($1.16 billion) until 2019 to produce the Polo in Navarra, whose new generation was launched at the end of last year, and the new T-Cross.
Emilio Sáenz, President of the Navarra plant in Spain says: “We very much welcome the production of a second model in Navarra. We are very proud to contribute with our experience to manufacture the T-Cross, a SUV with advanced solutions and technologies from higher classes, which is going to satisfy the requirements and needs of our clients”.