Audi A1 2015SEAT will produce the next-generation Audi A1 for the German brand from 2018 at its Martorell factory in Spain, the firm today confirmed.

It will be the second Audi to be produced by SEAT in Spain, following the success of the Q3 that it’s built since 2011 (to date, almost 480,000 have been built there – well up on the 100,000 annual target initially set).

The next generation Q3 will shift to Hungary, Audi adds.

“The Martorell plant has a long-standing experience and manufactures the Audi Q3 with the highest quality,” said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hubert Waltl, Audi’s production board member. “Therefore, we made the decision to produce the Audi A1 in Martorell.”

The news has delighted SEAT executive committee chairman Luca de Meo, who said it shows “the full confidence placed in SEAT and the Martorell plant by Audi and the Volkswagen Group.

“Production of the A1 is magnificent news and will bring us more volume and greater income in the next few years”.

In moving A1 production from today’s plant in Brussels over to Spain, Audi’s thus guaranteeing the all-important volumes SEAT’s massive Martorell plant needs to remain viable: it also thus ensures employment and continued investment well into the 2020s.