Spain – The news that the Spanish VW plant, which has produced the Polo since 1984, will build a second model for the first time in its history, was announced by Dr. Andreas Tostmann, head of Volkswagen Production & Logistics. The new T-Cross compact SUV will share its matrix with the company’s Polo model and the additional workload will raise production at Navarra from its current level of 244,000 (2017) to around 350,000 units per year, depending on demand; the workforce will also increase by approximately 10%.
The Volkswagen Group says it has a committed an investment of around €1 billion until 2019 to produce the Polo in Navarra; the new generation of this was launched at the end of last year. T-Cross production is scheduled to start at the end of this year.
"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 – for our customers. This is possible due to a strong participation of the production already in the development phase of a car” said Tostmann.