Seat Alhambra taken off sale but VW Sharan sticks around

Seat’s only MPV is removed from price lists at the end of the month, but its Volkswagen counterpart will continue for short period

Seat’s long-serving Alhambra MPV will end production at the end of this month after a decade on sale, the company has confirmed.

The Ford Galaxy rival has been produced at the VW Group’s AutoEuropa plant in Portugal since the first generation launched in 1995. It’s also been produced alongside the near-identical Volkswagen Sharan for the same period.

Despite the Alhambra’s production coming to a close, Autocar understands Volkswagen will continue producing Sharans for a limited period once production restarts after the coronavirus pandemic. That car will only remain on sale until the end of 2020, however.

The large MPV market has long suffered at the hands of SUVs, with a growing number of seven-seat options available including Seat’s own Tarraco. However, the space and versatility the Alhambra offered meant there were enough sales, from large families, fleets and private hire companies, to sustain it until now.

Nearly half a million examples have found homes over the years. However, a direct replacement for the Alhambra and Sharan is not on the cards, with the VW Group looking to novel designs such as the electric ID Buzz to carry the torch for MPVs.

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