The Volkswagen Group may move production of the Audi A1 from its current location in Brussels, Belgium to a plant near Barcelona, Spain, according to reports.
The change is rumored to be part of a production revision aimed at cutting costs by producing all cars built on the same platform in a single factory. The Martorell factory near Barcelona is assigned to Volkswagen Group division Seat, and currently builds the Audi Q3 as well as the Seat Ibiza, Leon and Altea.
Citing union officials, reports say that the Brussels factory that currently builds the Audi A1 would get another model that could be an all-electric vehicle.
Audi is investing €500 million in the plant between now and 2019, according to Brussels plant spokesman Jurgen Thysmans, and the plant’s 2,500-person workforce “has every reason to believe the plant has a future.”
In 2014, the facility built 115,000 Audi A1s. This year, production is forecast 116,000 units.
Meanwhile, the next-generation Audi A1 will arrive in 2018 or 2019. It will switch platforms, utilizing VW Group’s MQB-A modular architecture that will also serve as the basis for the Seat Ibiza, which is currently built at the Martorell plant.
Union representatives expect a decision on the production modifications to be made by the end of the third quarter.