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VW's Seat confirms small SUV will launch next year

March 23, 2016 16:59 CET

VW Group's Seat brand confirmed it will launch an entry into the booming subcompact SUV sector next year.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2016

When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at VW Group's underperforming Seat brand. Earlier this month the Spanish unit said it made its first profit since 2008, but on closer inspection, this isn't as impressive as it seems.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Why new Seat boss wants the VW subsidiary to lure more mainstream buyers

March 10, 2016 06:01 CET

Seat is now targeting a wider customer base after years of trying to lure young buyers looking for sporty models at a budget price. Luca de Meo, the automaker's new CEO, discussed his road map for change with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

2016 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

VW's Seat counts on driving dynamics to boost Ateca sales

March 2, 2016 10:03 CET

VW Group's Seat is touting driving dynamics to give its new Ateca a competitive edge in Europe's highly competitive compact SUV segment.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Auto shows need reboot to fight off digital challenge, de Meo says

7:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 29, 2016

Increasing numbers of automakers are skipping auto shows because the "wow" factor is no longer there in today's digital age, says Luca de Meo, CEO of Volkswagen Group's Seat brand.... Read More »

Seat Ateca takes aim at booming SUV market

Feb. 10, 2016 23:12 CET

VW Group's Seat unit unveiled its first SUV, the Ateca, as the brand seeks to benefit from booming demand for high-riding vehicles.... Read More »

2016 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

VW's Seat readies unveiling of its first SUV

Feb. 7, 2016 06:01 CET

VW Group's Seat brand this week will unveil its first SUV as the struggling brand seeks to benefit from a booming segment in Europe.... Read More »

THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW will recall 2.46 million cars with illegal software in Germany, report says

Nov. 30, 2015 11:03 CET

Volkswagen Group will recall 2.46 million diesel vehicles in Germany fitted with illegal emissions-cheating software, including VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models, a newspaper report said.... Read More »

THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW's Seat brand in focus as group seeks cost cuts

Nov. 12, 2015 14:40 CET

Volkswagen has stood by its Seat brand through years of losses, but the spreading diesel-emissions scandal will test the group's loyalty to the Spanish unit as CEO Matthias Mueller seeks to make cuts.... Read More »

THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

Spanish court begins proceedings against Volkswagen over rigged engines

Oct. 28, 2015 17:08 CET

Spain's high court has opened initial proceedings against Volkswagen Group following the scandal surrounding its rigging of diesel emissions tests.... Read More »

Lear reports 28% gain in Q3 earnings as acquisitions take root

11:02 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2015

Automotive seating and electronics supplier Lear reported a 28 percent gain in net income as the impact of key acquisitions in the last year took root in the company's balance sheets.... Read More »

THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW's 12-brand empire under scrutiny as costs of emissions scandal mount

Oct. 20, 2015 10:43 CET

Faced with billions of euros in costs for its emissions cheating scandal, VW may have to consider overhauling its 12-brand empire. Robust profits from Porsche and Audi may no longer be enough to fund financially struggling divisions such as Seat and Bugatti, industry watchers say.... Read More »

THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

Spain's public prosecutor pushes for VW investigation

Oct. 19, 2015 18:06 CET

Spain's public prosecutor has asked the country's high court to investigate VW and the scandal surrounding the automaker's rigging of diesel emissions tests. Nearly 700,000 cars, mostly linked to the Seat brand, may have been fitted with illegal software at the heart of the scandal.... Read More »

THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

Volkswagen guarantees 4.2 billion euro investment in Spain, minister says

Oct. 9, 2015 13:28 CET

Volkswagen has guaranteed a 4.2 billion euro ($4.8 billion) investment in its Seat brand and VW plants in Spain despite saying the company faced "painful cutbacks" to meet the cost of its emissions-cheating scandal.... Read More »

THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW scandal may force faster EU move to tougher emissions tests, Spain minister says

Oct. 1, 2015 16:16 CET

Spanish Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria said the EU should consider accelerating a plan to toughen car-pollution tests after VW Group admitted to rigging diesel engines to bypass emission controls.... Read More »

THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW's Seat unit stops sales of cars that may have rigged software

Sept. 29, 2015 13:17 CET

VW Group's Seat unit said it has stopped sales of its cars equipped with diesel engines at the heart of the VW emissions cheating scandal.... Read More »

THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW Italian dealers told to stop selling diesel cars with emissions-cheat software

Sept. 28, 2015 17:07 CET

Volkswagen Group's Italian dealers have been asked to stop selling VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat diesel cars equipped with engine software implicated in the diesel emissions cheating scandal.... Read More »

VW's Seat brand will drop Altea minivan in move to SUVs

Aug. 25, 2015 06:01 CET

Volkswagen Group's Seat unit will discontinue its Altea and Altea XL compact minivans as the brand begins to add a family of SUVs.... Read More »

Spain fines GM, Ford, other automakers for anti-competitive practices

July 31, 2015 06:01 CET

Spain's CNMC competition authority fined 21 automakers and two consultancy firms 171 million euros for anti-competitive practices. GM and Ford were given the highest penalties.... Read More »

Strike at Spanish seating supplier ends

July 15, 2015 14:53 CET

Employees at a Spanish factory of seating supplier Johnson Controls today resumed work. Their strike had hit production at Volkswagen Group's Seat unit.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: VW's Seat brand puts brakes on sportiness to lure family buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2015

VW's Spain-based Seat brand is no longer the “Spanish Alfa Romeo” after moving away from its sporty image, CEO Juergen Stackmann said. Nowadays, the marque aims to win family buyers, he said.... Read More »

VW's Seat mulls China sales with new SUV

July 10, 2015 06:01 CET

VW's Seat brand could sell its forthcoming compact SUV in China in one of the few segments still posting growth in the world's largest auto market. Seat had planned to launch sales in China in 2012 but postponed the move to concentrate on fixing its money-losing European operations.... Read More »

VW's Seat brand set to launch small SUV in 2017

June 29, 2015 21:34 CET

VW Group Spanish subsidiary Seat plans to launch a subcompact SUV/crossover by the end of 2017 as part of its effort to be sustainably profitable, a company source said.... Read More »

VW Group to be revamped into 4 holding companies, reports say

June 15, 2015 09:46 CET

Volkswagen's corporate structure will be reorganized into a decentralized system with four holding companies for the group's brands, reports said. VW Group's 12 brands include Porsche, Bentley and Audi as well as the volume marques VW, Skoda and Seat.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

VW's Seat brand targets women, will add crossovers to boost profits

June 3, 2015 06:15 CET

VW Group's Seat brand posted its first quarterly profit in seven years last month, but CEO Juergen Stackmann must still overcome big challenges to make the brand a consistent money-maker. Stackman discussed some of these issues including crossovers, attracting women buyers and resuming China sales with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 
Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

Christiaan Hetzner
5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23 2016

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When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at VW Group's underperforming Se ...
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Evoque convertible could challenge sporty German coupes

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2016

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Jaguar Land Rover finally has a model to compete with convertible versions of German premium coupes. ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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VW brand trails rivals as Europe sales rise 14% in February
European new-car sales rose 14 percent in February, but Volkswagen lost market share for the sixth m ...
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Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3 lead continued sales surge for SUVs in Europe
Sales of SUVs and crossovers surged 22 percent in Europe last year, outpacing the overall market's 8 ...
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Western Europe car sales rose 14% in February
Western European car sales rose 14 percent in February as key regional markets reported double-digit ...
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European car sales rise 6% in January but VW share hit by diesel scandal
European car sales rose 6.3 percent last month, although Volkswagen, the region's No. ...
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Why French and Germans still believe in the compact minivan sector
Compact minivan sales remain valuable to French and German automakers even though more brands are qu ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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Renault names new finance chief as Thormann retires due to poor health
Renault finance director Dominique Thormann is retiring for health reasons. He will be succeeded by Clotilde Delbos, currently a senior vice president at the automaker. ...
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Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia
Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania. ...
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PSA promotes Italy chief to run Changan JV in China
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named veteran manager Olivier Mornet as president of its Chongqing Changan Auto ...
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GM appoints veteran Brazilian executive as Europe engineering chief
GM named Brazilian national William Bertagni as head of its European vehicle engineering unit. Berta ...
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New Lamborghini CEO is ex-Ferrari F1 team boss Domenicali
Lamborghini named Stefano Domenicali, a former head of Ferrari's Formula One team, as its new CEO. ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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Product launches follow a faster cadence
New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot fart ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
Assembly of the second-generation Audi Q7 began in February 2015 at the German automaker's factory i ...
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