The Volkswagen plant in Zwickau, Germany, has begun mass production of the first electric car of the Cupra brand – the five-door Born. European dealers will have cars in November.
Recall that Cupra Born is a 4.3-meter electric hatchback built on the same platform (Volkswagen MEB) with Volkswagen ID.3. It was officially presented in May 2021 in two modifications: the first – with a 45 kWh battery and a 150-horsepower electric motor on the rear axle, the second – with batteries with a total capacity of 58 kWh and a 204-horsepower engine. In addition, the e-Boost package will be available for the top version with an increase in engine output to 231 hp. and Range with 77 kWh battery.
Prices for Cupra Born start at 32,700 euros for the 150 hp modification. A 204 hp hatchback with an extended battery starts at 37,220 euros.
The Cupra Born electric car is a key element of the international expansion of the “splinter” from SEAT Cupra. With this new vehicle, the company aims to increase sales and expand into new markets, especially in the most electrified countries. Moreover, in some markets Cupra Born can be used by subscription without paying the full price of the car.
The Zwickau plant was completely refurbished in 2019, after which it became the first car manufacturer of the Volkswagen Group to produce exclusively electric vehicles. Now up to 1400 cars are produced there daily, and the design capacity is up to 330,000 electric vehicles per year. In addition to Cupra Born, the plant produces four other models: Volkswagen ID3, Volkswagen ID4, Audi Q4 e-tron and Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron.