The upcoming T-Cross will expand the VW brands SUV offering to five models

The upcoming T-Cross will expand the VW brand's SUV offering to five models

Volkswagen's upcoming T-Cross small SUV will be manufactured for European markets at its Navarra, Spain, plant.

VW said the Navarra plant, where the Polo (with which it shares engineering platform) is also assembled, expects to raise its production from 244,000 to 350,000 vehicles a year and is increasing its workforce by 10 percent thanks to this second model.

Dr Andreas Tostmann, Head of Volkswagen Production & Logistics, said: "T-Cross and Polo share a production matrix. By producing both models in Navarra we achieve major efficiency advantages."

The Navarra 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, VW said.

With the new T-Cross the Volkswagen brand extends its SUV model range in what it says is the fastest growing market segment in Europe. According to research, the compact SUV segment will approximately double during the next 10 years, VW said.

The Volkswagen Group says it has committed investment of around EUR1bn 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".

T-Cross production is scheduled to start at the end of this year.

VW says it 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 be made and sold in China and South America (Sao Jose dos Pinhais plant, Brazil).

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