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Seat Altea starts at 18,000 euros

Munich. Volkswagen group's Spanish subsidiary Seat has ambitious plans for the new sport van Altea, which is built on the new VW Golf platform.

Seat hopes to sell 60,000 units in the first 12 months, with prices starting at 18,000 euros. The sporty five-seater will have its world premiere at March's Geneva auto show and be launched in Spain and Italy in April.

German sales will start in June. Seat's target is 10,000 sales in Germany in 2004 and 18,000 in 2005.

At introduction, only two 102hp and 150hp gasoline engines and 105hp and 140hp diesels will be available. But the the VW-DSG transmission with twin clutch will be available.

Seat plans to add a sporty Cupra R version with approximately 250hp at a later date, and eventually a four-wheel-drive version.

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