The New T-Cross will be manufactured in Volkswagen Navarra
The Spanish plant, where the Polo is also assembled, expects to raise its production from 244,000 to 350,000 vehicles and is increasing its workforce by 10 percent thanks to this second model.
Volkswagen Navarra will manufacture the T-Cross1, the new compact SUV from Volkswagen. This was announced by Dr. Andreas Tostmann, Head of Volkswagen Production & Logistics today. Thus, the plant, which has produced the Polo since 1984, will build a second model for the first time in its history.
The new T-Cross will share its MQB matrix with the Volkswagen Polo. By producing both models in Navarra major efficiency advantages will be achieved.
The new T-Cross will share its MQB matrix with the Volkswagen Polo. With the production of a second model in the Spanish plant, the additional workload will raise production from 244,000 (2017) to around 350,000 units per year, depending on the evolution of the demand. The workforce is also increasing by approximately 10 percent.
"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 at the highest level for our customers. This is possible due to the strong participation of the production teams 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 research, the compact SUV segment will approximately double during the next 10 years.
The Volkswagen Group has committed investment of around 1 billion euros by 2019 to produce both the Polo and the new T-Cross in Navarra.
Emilio Sáenz, President of the Navarra plant in Spain said: “We very much welcome the production of a second model in Navarra. We are very proud to contribute our experience to the manufacture of 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”.
The T-Cross, whose production is scheduled to start at the end of this year, expands the SUV offer by Volkswagen. T-Cross, T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg will now be the five SUV formats of the brand in Europe. The new T-Cross will also enrich the SUV range in China and South America.
Thanks to the MQB matrix, its innovative and spacious passenger compartment offers maximum flexibility and a range of assistance systems available in higher vehicle classes. It includes, as standard, Front Assist (ambient traffic monitoring system) and Lane Assist (lane departure warning system). With a length of 4,107 mm, the T-Cross also boasts a charismatic appearance and offers a functional concept with the opportunity for maximum personalisation.
1) The vehicle is a near-production prototype.