It’s not clear yet whether the carmaker’s expansion into China will mean SEAT-branded cars will be sold on the world’s largest automotive market, and no other specific details on the project announced for the center were provided.
SEAT did say the site will be in charge with developing small electric cars, mobility solutions, components, but also technologies for automotive applications.
Last year, Volkswagen Group China’s CEO Jochem Heizmann said taking the Spanish brand to Asia is a requirement because “electrified cars are the future of mobility, and China is at the forefront of developing sustainable e-mobility solutions.”
According to the info provided by SEAT, its R&D center in the country should be up and running in 2021.
Overall, this move is part of Volkswagen’s Roadmap E plan, a business strategy that should see the German group become the largest electric car maker in the world.
By the end of 2022, no less than 16 VW facilities the group operates around the world will be manufacturing EVs. The first such car, the ID.3, was just put on sale by the Germans.
JAC Volkswagen is one of the major joint ventures currently operating on the Chinese market, selling more than 3 million cars yearly.