Audi is analyzing the prospects of shifting production of the A1 supermini to Spain.

Audi is analyzing the prospects of shifting production of the A1 supermini to Spain.

The current generation is assembled in Brussels, Belgium, but that could change in time for the next generation A1 scheduled to come out in 2018 or 2019. Production will likely be moved to SEAT's factory in Martorell, near Barcelona where the workers put together the Ibiza, Leon and Altea. This decision has been taken as a move to reduce production costs by making more models using the same platform and built at the same location.

According to Jurgen Thysmans, a spokesman of the factory in Brussels, Audi plans on investing €500 million until 2019 and he "has every reason to believe the plant has a future" so the 2,500-person workforce should not be worried. Union officials of the factory are saying the A1 will be replaced on the assembly line by an electric vehicle, but details about the model's identity are not available at this point.

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Audi could move A1 production to SEAT's factory in Spain