Volkswagen Group’s Seat unit adds two models at Algeria plant
- 04 February 2018 / News / 44 / Africa-Bi1
The plant will assemble the Arona subcompact crossover and Leon compact car, Seat said.
Seat’s expansion in Algeria follows meetings between Seat CEO Luca De Meo and officials from the Algerian government, including Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia.
The Algerian factory in Relizane, 220 km west of Algiers, is the first Seat-led car plant outside of Spain.
The $170 million plant opened last year to supply vehicles for the North African market. It is a joint venture with Sovac, VW Group’s sales partner in Algeria, with VW holding a minority stake.
Production started at the plant in July 2017, and 17,000 vehicles were produced there last year, including 8,121 units of the subcompact Seat Ibiza. Other models assembled there are the VW Golf compact and Caddy van, and the Skoda Octavia compact. All four models are built on the VW Group’s MQB architecture.
Volkswagen announced last year that the VW Polo and Skoda Fabia will be made at the factory, also starting in 2018.
The plant can produce up to 200 units a day, currently all semi-knockdown kits, meaning that some components are partly pre-assembled.
source: Dz Breaking