The assembly plant of the SOVAC Production S.P.A. joint venture, made up of the Volkswagen Group and SOVAC, the Group’s importer in Algeria, assembled 53,000 cars in 2018, compared to 17,015 cars in 2017 (which is three times more).
The assembly, inaugurated in July 2017 in Relizane, located 280 kilometres southwest of the capital Algiers, began assembling 11 new models by Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA and Volkswagen. The Volkswagen Group currently assembles 15 models in this plant, exclusively for the Algerian market: Audi A3 Sedan, A3 Sportback and Q2; SEAT Ibiza, Arona, Leon and Ateca; ŠKODA Fabia, Octavia and Rapid; and Volkswagen Polo, Golf, Tiguan and Passat, as well as the Volkswagen Caddy.
SEAT is leading the Volkswagen Group’s production project in Algeria, not only in terms of coordination, but also in volume. In 2018, SEAT models accounted for 41% of the production output in Relizane (21,825 units). In addition, SEAT took a step forward to strengthen its presence in this market by starting assembly of the Arona, Leon –in its CUPRA version as well– and Ateca in 2018, which joined the Ibiza, the first of the brand’s models to be assembled in the Relizane plant. In 2017, SEAT had 8,121 cars assembled in Algeria.
SEAT Vice-president for Production and Logistics Dr. Christian Vollmer emphasised that “the outcome of the first full year in Relizane is excellent. The launch of 11 models by Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA and Volkswagen was a challenge, and it was successfully met thanks to the close collaboration among all the brands and SOVAC. This multibrand plant is an opportunity for the Volkswagen Group to expand its presence in Algeria and contribute to the development of the automotive industry in the country. For SEAT, it is also a clear sign of the globalisation strategy we are implementing.”
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