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VW's Seat counts on SUVs for turnaround

April 30, 2017 06:01 CET

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

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

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

April 30, 2017 06:01 CET

Seat CEO Luca de Meo needed just 18 months to turn the money-losing Spanish brand into a profit maker for parent VW Group. The Italian executive outlined Seat's future role in the group.... 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 »

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 »

 
China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28 2017

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China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan s ...
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Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27 2017

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Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90 ...
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Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Christiaan Hetzner
8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24 2017

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Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first r ...
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China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2017

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The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition... ...
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After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

Nick Gibbs
4:32 am U.S. ET | April 6 2017

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After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits. ...
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Volvo CEO keeps his hiring promise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson promised to make the automaker “younger, more diverse and more international.” He achieved all three with his latest hiring. ...
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Will the quality ghosts of British Leyland haunt Tesla?

Richard Truett
11:28 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Tesla's plan to skimp on testing the Model 3 in real-world driving is fraught with danger. British L ...
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Piech's problem: his 'small-minded' family


5:29 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Ferdinand Piech's decision to sell his stake in his family's holding company that owns a majority st ...
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Tavares has the tools to make PSA-Opel a success

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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PSA's pending acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall has all the makings of a prime-time TV drama. ...
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