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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 »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

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 »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

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 »

VW's Seat expects 'special year' in 2017 as product offensive gains traction

Oct. 11, 2016 06:01 CET

Volkswagen Group's Seat brand expects its second SUV, the Arona, to play a big role in its goal to achieve long-term profitability. Seat says the Arona is part of the brand's biggest ever product offensive.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability

Aug. 15, 2016 06:01 CET

Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen its balance sheet by launching the Ateca into Europe's booming SUV/crossover market.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for August

Aug. 1, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready to view. This month's edition looks at why automakers such as Audi, Mercedes and Volvo are re-thinking their automation plans.... Read More »

ANE's August e-magazine goes live Monday

July 29, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Aug. 1. This month's edition looks at why automakers such as Audi, Mercedes and Volvo are re-thinking their automation plans.... Read More »

VW brand Q2 profit falls 12% on emissions scandal effects

July 28, 2016 09:24 CET

VW Group's namesake brand posted a 12 percent drop in second-quarter profit, after cost cuts and streamlining fell short amid rising costs of the company's diesel scandal.... Read More »

VW's Seat recruits new sales boss from Audi

July 15, 2016 06:01 CET

VW Group's Seat brand has recruited Audi veteran Wayne Griffiths as its new sales and marketing boss. He succeeds Andreas Offermann.... Read More »

VW gets approval for fixes on another 1 million diesel cars

June 22, 2016 12:07 CET

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller says the automaker has received regulatory approval for technical fixes on another 1 million diesel cars, mainly Golf models, and expects the number to keep growing.... Read More »

2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

VW's Seat sees home advantage for its connectivity focus

June 15, 2016 06:01 CET

Seat's home city of Barcelona will play a key role in the VW Group brand's strategy of offering easy and affordable connectivity to its young customer base, CEO Luca de Meo said.... Read More »

Crash test dummies get in back seat to make Uber riders safer

7:16 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2016

Crash test dummies, who have dutifully endured thousands of simulated accidents from the front seat, are about to get a ride in the back.... Read More »

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 »

 
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12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

Yang Jian
3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rival ...
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GM-PSA deal would be a blow to best Opel management team in years

Christiaan Hetzner
11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2017

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GM's confirmation that it is discussing selling its Opel/Vauxhall business to PSA Group is a blow fo ...
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Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss

Luca Ciferri
9:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10 2017

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Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn. ...
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The Volvo numbers that stood out

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2017

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Volvo's latest financial results were full of positive numbers but a couple really stood out. Volvo finished 2016 with $5. ...
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Daimler celebrations are muted as automaker conserves cash to fight off Uber, Google

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3 2017

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Record annual sales, revenue and profits, and Mercedes-Benz grabbing the global sales luxury crown f ...
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German automakers worry about Trump's protectionist stance

Christiaan Hetzner
8:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Donald Trump has German automakers spooked after he threatened BMW with high tariffs if the company ...
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Toyota still has global bragging rights over VW in one important area

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Forget all the talk about Volkswagen ousting Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Rest assured, Toyota is still No. 1 in sales and VW a far, far distant second. ...
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Citroen keeps faith in family vans

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says family vans will continue to play a part in Citroen's lineup despite ...
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Why China's new EV policy could cause a rift with Germany

Yang Jian
3:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31 2017

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Germany's ambassador to China, Michael Clauss, is a vocal opponent of Beijing's environmental plans ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
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Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites
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Western European car sales rise 10% in January
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UK sales rise 3% in Jan. on consumer demand
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Jaguar, Honda, Jeep win by tapping crossover craze
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German sales rise 11% with strong gains for Toyota, Skoda, Renault and Fiat
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Italy's January sales best since 2010
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
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Federal-Mogul shakes up leadership under Icahn takeover
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Bernhard quits Daimler; Zetsche interim trucks boss
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BMW picks Skoda exec to lead design at core brand
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BMW names new CEO for North America
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Tesla sues former head of Autopilot, former Google exec Urmson
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Jaguar Land Rover appoints Wittemann as China sales chief
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Ford plucks new brand chief from Apple
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Volvo appoints Yuan Xiaolin as new Asia chief
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
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