For the primary time in about 20 years, Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant is producing a mannequin of one other group model – the SEAT Tarraco. The Spanish model’s flagship SUV makes use of an extended model of the VW Group’s modular MQB platform and rolls off the manufacturing line along with the Volkswagen Tiguan SUV and Touran MPV.
The step in the direction of multi-brand manufacturing will enhance the capability deployment of Volkswagen’s primary plant. The SEAT Tarraco manufacturing is a part of the “Pact for the Future” concluded by the corporate and the Works Council on the finish of 2016. The pact is a far-reaching timetable for enhancing the financial viability of the Volkswagen model and inserting the corporate on a agency footing for the longer term.
“A reliable, globally main manufacturing community throughout the group is without doubt one of the largest levers for effectivity enhancement. The SEAT Tarraco is an instance of the way in which extra vegetation throughout the group-wide manufacturing community will produce autos for a number of group manufacturers on the similar time sooner or later,” stated Dr Andreas Tostmann, Volkswagen member of the board for manufacturing and logistics.
Designed in Barcelona by SEAT, the Tarraco – named after the Spanish port metropolis Tarragona – sits above the Ateca and Arona SUVs, and is on the market in five- or seven-seat kind. It hints on the firm’s forthcoming design language, with a bigger, extra distinguished six-sided grille. The angular surfacing and upswept D-pillar kink are as on the Ateca, whereas the rear options full-width LED tail lights.
Measuring four,735 mm lengthy and 1,658 mm tall, the large SEAT is sort of 40 mm longer and over 20 mm decrease than a Honda CR-V. It will likely be provided with two petrol engines at launch – a 1.5 litre TSI unit with 150 PS, a six-speed guide gearbox and front-wheel drive; and a 190 PS 2.zero TSI paired to a seven-speed DSG and 4Drive all-wheel drive.
That is the fifth time that VW’s primary plant has produced a mannequin for an additional model. The SEAT Arosa was made right here from the top of 1996 till 1998. Wolfsburg additionally made 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 similar to the Polo of the time; each had been the primary German small automobiles with transverse engines and front-wheel drive.
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