The new Seat SUV will be built at the Czech Skoda factory
Confirming some recent rumors, the Volkswagen Group has made the first decision related to the production site of what will be the new compact SUV based on the Seat IBX Concept displayed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
So, the SUV would be built at the Skoda's Czech plant in Kvasiny (where Skoda builds its Yeti compact SUV, Superb sedan and station wagon, and the Roomster minivan), helped by lower labour costs compared to Spanish or German facilities.
As mentioned by the Chairman, Jürgen Stackmann, Seat will launch the new sport utility in 2016 to follow the growing success of the compact SUV market, whose sales in Europe increased by more than 40% over the past five years.
The decision to assemble the new Seat SUV in a Skoda plant reflects the great synergy that the Volkswagen Group can create with the new MQB modular platform and the extreme flexibility of all the production sites. Another example is the Audi models that are built at Seat's plants.