Volkswagen has changed plans for electrification

Volkswagen has changed plans for electrification

May 6, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

Seat is no longer responsible for developing the MEB Entry.

According to new reports, the Volkswagen Group has claimed responsibility for developing its new Seat entry-level electric car project in refining its global operations.

The project was created to develop analogues for the Volkswagen e-Up, Seat Mii Electric and Skoda Citigo-e iV, and now it is expected that it will come under the direct responsibility of Volkswagen. This step will allow the use of engineering solutions and economies of scale from the wider MEB platform, on which the wide range of electric vehicles planned by the concern is based.

Quoting an official Seat statement, Automotive News Europe reports that the decision to remove the Spanish company from developing a new entry-level electric car was made “as part of the Volkswagen Group’s revision of its global strategy for brands, manufacturing systems and markets.”

Known by the working name MEB Entry, the project was to be developed by Seat in conjunction with the new Chinese partner of the VW Group – JAC Automobile Group. However, recent events, including the departure of Seat CEO Luca de Meo to Renault and the restructuring of VW Group’s Chinese operations, once again put the project in the spotlight and led to a change in development plans.

JAC was selected as a joint venture partner for Seat, which originally planned to enter the Chinese market in 2021. But with the successful introduction of the Jetta brand, which sells finely restyled Seat models in China, Seat has postponed plans to enter the world’s largest automobile market.

It is not yet known whether Volkswagen will continue to work with JAC to develop an entry-level electric car project.