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17 05 2019 01

Volkswagen’s plans for future plants are changing rapidly: from 2023, the purely electric small car for less than 20,000 euros is to be built in Eastern Europe instead of in Emden in Germany as originally planned. The Zwickau plant in Germany will probably hand over the production of the I.D. Crozz to Emden.

According to a report in the German business and trade newspaper, Handelsblatt, the VW supervisory board has now made a decision on what happens in which plant, although this has not been confirmed by an official statement yet. Just six months ago, in November last year, the German company first announced that the production plant in Emden was to become a pure MEB location, i.e. that from 2022 only electric vehicles based on the modular electrification system would roll off the production line there – namely small electric cars and limousines of several brands.

As reported, the planned small electric car will be available for less than 20,000 euros, much like a Polo or T-Roc. VW subsidiary Seat is leading the development of a corresponding platform with a smaller version of the MEB modular system. In future, all brands of the Volkswagen Group will be able to use this format to produce low-cost cars with a length of around four metres. According to Seat, more than 300 engineers are involved in the project.

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