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VW's Seat drops plans to enter Iranian market

Oct. 18, 2017 13:25 CET

VW's Seat brand is no longer looking to enter the Iranian market. The brand said it needs to concentrate on boosting growth in Europe, northern Africa and Latin America.... Read More »

VW's Seat delays naming new SUV amid Spain's Catalonia crisis

Oct. 17, 2017 11:30 CET

With Spain focused on the political crisis over Catalonia, VW Group's Spanish division, Seat, has decided to delay announcing the name of its new midsize SUV.... Read More »

VW Group seeks to reduce tensions among brands

Oct. 12, 2017 20:25 CET

Volkswagen Group will make its VW, Skoda and Seat brands more distinct to reduce overlaps and defuse tensions within the group, CEO Matthias Mueller said.... Read More »

Spain sales rise 7%; troubling trends seen

July 3, 2017 20:41 CET

New-car sales in Spain were up 6.5 percent last month to 131,797 units, according to industry association ANFAC. It was Spain's best June result since 2007, but market watchers see reasons to be concerned.... Read More »

Seat unveils Arona, its second SUV, as it seeks to profit from SUV boom

June 26, 2017 18:50 CET

VW Group's Seat unit unveiled the Arona, the second model in the brand's plan to ride the SUV/crossover boom to sustainable profitability.... Read More »

Seat launches competition to name midsize SUV

June 6, 2017 06:01 CET

VW Group's Spanish brand Seat is asking the public to help choose a name for its new midsize SUV.... Read More »

VW's Seat will add Waze navigation on its entire range

May 11, 2017 13:24 CET

VW Group's Seat brand will make Waze's navigation system available on its entire range in the coming weeks.The Waze app works on all major smartphone operating systems and has a large community of users who share information on real time traffic conditions.... Read More »

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Check out the ANE monthly magazine for May

May 1, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at how Seat ended more than a decade of losses and why it expects to become a reliable moneymaker for parent VW Group.... Read More »

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Seat's de Meo wants to build on Spanish brand's strengths

April 30, 2017 06:01 CET

Seat CEO Luca de Meo outlined the brand's future role in the VW Group in an interview with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

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VW's Seat counts on SUVs for turnaround

April 30, 2017 06:01 CET

Volkswagen Group's Seat has returned from an uncertain future after a decision to start adding SUV/crossovers to its lineup. The Spanish brand is on course to become a reliable profit machine after 11 years of financial losses.... Read More »

ANE's May issue goes live Monday

April 28, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, May 1. The new edition looks at how Seat ended more than a decade of losses and why it expects to become a reliable moneymaker for parent VW Group.... Read More »

De Meo convinced VW that Seat needed a midsize SUV

April 22, 2017 06:01 CET

Seat CEO Luca De Meo pitched the case for a midsize SUV to VW Group by making the point that it would boost capacity utilization at VW's home plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. De Meo explained how the plan became a reality in an interview with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

VW's Seat reports highest quarterly sales since 2001

April 11, 2017 15:48 CET

Volkswagen Group's Spanish division, Seat, reported its highest first-quarter sales since 2001 on double-digit growth in Spain, Germany and Britain.... Read More »

VW's Seat plans to expand in N. Africa, Latin America

March 24, 2017 10:01 CET

Spanish automaker Seat will lead VW Group's expansion in North Africa as part of internationalization plans that may also include building cars in Mexico.... Read More »

VW's Seat will get a midsize SUV built in Wolfsburg

March 23, 2017 13:17 CET

VW Group's Seat brand will add a midsize SUV that will be built at VW's factory in Wolfsburg. The SUV will help Seat, which reported its first annual operating profit since 2007, to build on its recovery.... Read More »

VW's Seat brand swung to profit in 2016

March 14, 2017 10:56 CET

VW Group's Seat brand finally contributed to group earnings in 2016 as its operating result jumped to 153 million euros, after posting a loss of 10 million euros last year. The result nearly matched the return at the group's core VW unit.... Read More »

VW's Seat sees strong 2017 sales

Feb. 27, 2017 17:00 CET

VW Group's Seat brand expects strong sales this year after deliveries grew by double-digit percentages in the first two months, thanks to new models and demand from southern Europe.... Read More »

VW Group sales rise 5% in January despite China, Brazil losses

Feb. 20, 2017 12:26 CET

VW Group's global vehicle sales rose 5 percent last month as growth in Europe and the U.S. helped offset steep declines in China and Brazil.... Read More »

VW's Seat brand mulls compact EV

Feb. 1, 2017 14:04 CET

Seat says it could launch a compact-sized EV in 2019, backtracking on the Volkswagen unit's previous strategy to shun electric cars because they would cost too much for its mainly young customer base.... Read More »

VW's Seat says the new Ibiza is a major step forward

Jan. 31, 2017 17:29 CET

VW Group's Seat unit said its new Ibiza is a major step forward for the brand in safety, design, performance and comfort because of its new platform. The improvements have made the fifth generation of the subcompact the "best Ibiza ever," Seat said.... Read More »

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VW's Seat brand bets on elegant simplicity to stand out

Jan. 29, 2017 06:01 CET

Seat, VW Group's once-struggling Spanish subsidiary, is enjoying a boost thanks to the popularity of the Leon and Ibiza cars and the arrival of the Ateca, the brand's first SUV. Design boss Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos spoke to Automotive News Europe about the brand's future styling direction.... Read More »

VW's EV platform ready for Skoda, Seat brands

Jan. 10, 2017 12:05 CET

Volkswagen Group's core VW marque has finished developing the automaker's modular MEB architecture for electric vehicles, opening the door for other group brands to begin work on their own electric models.... Read More »

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Seat races to meet demand for affordable connectivity

Nov. 17, 2016 06:01 CET

Seat's global head of connected car, Leyre Olavarria, told Automotive News Europe that her team was once made up mostly of hardware specialists. Now it is predominately software engineers as the VW Group brand concentrates on satisfying tech-savvy buyers who want high-end, but affordable connectivity.... Read More »

VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe

Nov. 11, 2016 15:29 CET

VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a flat Europe and plunging demand in South America and the U.S.... Read More »

VW Group's global sales rise 7% in Sept. boosted by China, Europe

Oct. 14, 2016 11:58 CET

VW Group said its global sales rose 7.1 percent increase last month, boosted by China and Europe demand, in the biggest rise since its diesel-emissions scandal broke a year ago.... Read More »

 
Land Rover design chief dangles more clues on next Defender

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20 2017

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Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's chief design officer, said the design work for the new Defender is comp ...
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Why PSA is axing jobs at Vauxhall's Astra plant

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19 2017

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Vauxhall and PSA have cited declining sales in the compact segment as a reason for cutting 400 jobs ...
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Auto industry cold on UK joining NAFTA post-Brexit

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18 2017

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The UK joining the North American Free Trade Agreement is an idea reportedly being floated as an alt ...
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Volvo's Polestar could become a credible BMW, Tesla rival

Luca Ciferri
4:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18 2017

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Volvo's Polestar brand claimed some world firsts while unveiling its debut model, the Polestar 1. ...
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No steering wheel? Not so fast, ZF CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11 2017

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If you're not ready to trust a computer-driven vehicle that has no steering wheel you're not alone. ...
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How Mercedes turned a 'crazy' idea into gold

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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A little more than 20 years ago, the Mercedes W163 rolled off the assembly line at the company's U.S ...
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Why Renault predicts big profits from EVs

Luca Ciferri
6:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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Renault's investment in electric vehicles is already paying dividends and the automaker said today that its profits from EVs will rise significantly in the next five years,... ...
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Why Marchionne thinks EVs threaten the planet

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne believes that a widespread move to electric vehicles ...
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Industry shifts blame, again, for diesel woes

Christiaan Hetzner
4:37 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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The industry's favorite tactic since the diesel has come under attack in Europe for excessive emissi ...
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Renault Alaskan shows how Europe's pickup segment is going upscale

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2017

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In many parts of Europe, you're as likely to see a high-end sports car like a Porsche Carrera as a p ...
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Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.
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German sales fall 3% in Sept. on diesel worries
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Germany's 2017 sales to beat expectations, group says
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Spain sales rise 4% in Sept. on fleet demand
Spanish new-car sales rose 4.6 percent in September as sales to companies continued to outpace slugg ...
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Italy's September sales increase 8%
Italy's new-car sales rose 8 percent in September to 166,956 units, which was the highest volume the ...
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French sales rise 1% in September
New-car sales rose 1.1 percent in France in September, as the fall selling season began with mixed r ...
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Sales of gasoline cars overtake diesels in Europe
Diesel's European market share fell to 46.3 percent of new-car registrations in the first half, the ...
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European sales rose 6% in August
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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Infiniti appoints French exec Meunier as global sales chief
Nissan's Infiniti appointed company veteran Christian Meunier to the newly created role of head of g ...
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Uber's European policy chief quits to join Chargepoint
Uber's head of policy for Europe, Christopher Burghardt, is quitting to join the electric vehicle ch ...
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GM appoints Chevy Bolt's top engineer as EV programs chief
GM promoted Pamela Fletcher to the new position of vice president of global electric vehicle program ...
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Opel's Mueller to head German cosmetics company
Opel's marketing chief, Tina Mueller, will join German cosmetics retailer Douglas as CEO on Nov. 1. ...
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Hyundai recruits BMW exec as Europe marketing chief
Hyundai named former BMW executive Andreas-Christoph Hofmann as its new marketing chief in Europe. ...
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Kia hires ex-BMW designer as styling chief
Kia has hired former BMW and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq as its head of styling, in a move e ...
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Nissan manufacturing veteran Martin gets global alliance role
Irishman John Martin is tasked with accelerating the integration of manufacturing and supply strateg ...
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Bentley's new manufacturing boss is VW veteran
Bentley named Peter Bosch, a veteran VW Group executive, as its new manufacturing chief. ...
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Ford recruits industry veteran Vignon as France head
Ford named industry veteran Louis-Carl Vignon to head its France operations. Vignon returns to Ford ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
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