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Seat Arona tackles the 'urban jungle'

Dec. 6, 2017 11:36 CET

Seat is aiming its Arona subcompact crossover at inhabitants of "the urban jungle" who don't need off-road functionality but rather a "sturdy car" for everyday life, the automaker says.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Car rejection claims 'totally false,' Seat CEO says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2017

Seat CEO Luca de Meo says claims that a growing number of people are rejecting car ownership are "totally false."... Read More »

VW's Seat will move HQ from Catalonia if legal security in doubt

Oct. 24, 2017 15:40 CET

VW Group's Catalonia-based Seat brand would move its headquarters if it felt there was no longer legal security in the region but so far has not had to make that decision, CEO Luca de Meo told employees.... Read More »

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 »

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

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

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 »

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 »

 
Peugeot's decision to give 3008 and 5008 SUV styling pays off

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19 2018

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Peugeot's decision to replace its 3008 and 5008 minivans with more crossover-oriented versions has p ...
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BMW exec combines Silicon Valley innovation with corporate rigor

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17 2018

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German automotive companies have acknowledged that they need to foster a work culture more akin to S ...
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Will Mercedes' G class get juiced?

Amy Wilson
9:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14 2018

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Mercedes could make an electric variant of its iconic G-class SUV, Dieter Zetsche seemed to imply in ...
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PSA develops possible Renault Twizy rival

Peter Sigal
4:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 2018

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PSA's latest effort in the field of mobility services is a plug-in hybrid three-wheeled scooter that ...
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PSA should sell UK Vauxhall plant to Jaguar Land Rover

Nick Gibbs
3:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 2018

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A second round of job cuts shows PSA is struggling with the viability of its newly acquired Ellesmer ...
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Qoros' new owner plans to be China's Tesla

Yang Jian
5:13 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5 2018

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Dozens of Chinese EV startups have sought to become the Chinese answer to Tesla, but none of them ha ...
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How Nissan, NASA will help you park in the future

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3 2018

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Nissan has turned to NASA to help it with what could be a challenging task in the future: remotely p ...
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Supplier CEO who loves his front-row seat to industry's transformation

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29 2017

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Yanfeng Automotive Interiors CEO Johannes Roters is energized by the megatrends that are changing the industry because he remembers a time when things were a bit stagnant. ...
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Nissan tackles tech overload in autonomous car

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23 2017

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Nissan's latest test car for autonomous driving has 39 devices to achieve 360-degree sensing. The automaker knows that number needs to be slashed. ...
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Conti exec learns when art tops science

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22 2017

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Continental's head of startups got some excellent advice after he was put in charge of the supplier's new entrepreneurial unit. ...
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European sales fall 5% in December with Fiat, Nissan and Skoda among biggest losers
European new-car sales fell nearly 5 percent in December, hurt by extra days off for Christmas versu ...
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Kia, VW are winners as Russia sales rise 12% in 2017
Kia and VW brand were the top gainers in Russia last year as the country's new-car market rebounded ...
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Western European registrations fell 5% in December
Western European registrations fell 5 percent in December, which had two fewer selling days than a y ...
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UK sales drop most since recession on Brexit, diesel fears
UK registrations fell nearly 6 percent in 2017 in their biggest annual slide since the global recess ...
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Spain's 2017 sales get big boost from discounting
Spanish new-car sales rose nearly 8 percent last year, although dealers said the increase was helped ...
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German sales rose nearly 3% in 2017 as diesel demand plunged
German new-car sales rose nearly 3 percent last year but fell 1 percent in December on fewer selling ...
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Renault, Lada, Hyundai-Kia poised to gain from Russia's new stability
Russia's strengthening auto market is good news for automakers such as Renault-Nissan and its Russia ...
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Incentives push Italy's 2017 sales to eight-year high
Italian new-car sales rose nearly 8 percent in 2017 as incentives helped push demand to its highest ...
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EVs and hybrids accounted for more than half of Norway's new-car sales in 2017
Sales of electrified cars exceeded half of new registrations in Norway in 2017, a record aided by ge ...
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French 2017 sales rise nearly 5% but diesel share falls below 50%
French registrations rose by nearly 5 percent in 2017, led by increases of more than 10 percent at S ...
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the com ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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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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Schaeffler names former BMW exec as new e-mobility chief
Schaeffler has appointed Jochen Schroeder, a former BMW executive, to lead the group's newly establi ...
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Rolls-Royce sales chief Knight leaves automaker
Rolls-Royce said its sales and marketing director, Fintan Knight, has left the company to pursue oth ...
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Industry veteran Norman tasked with Vauxhall turnaround
PSA named industry veteran Stephen Norman to lead its UK Vauxhall brand, just days after the automak ...
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PSA promotes Germany boss Chopelin to lead global sales and marketing
PSA promoted its Germany boss, Alberic Chopelin, to head global sales and marketing operations, incl ...
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VW brand accelerates push to be EV leader with new e-mobility division
VW brand is creating an e-mobility division as it seeks to be the leader in mass-market electric car ...
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VW taps Skoda's UK boss to lead U.S. sales
VW of America has tapped Skoda's UK boss Duncan Movassaghi to take over sales operations for the VW brand in the U.S. ...
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VW brand loses U.S. sales chief amid sales decline
Ron Stach, who has headed U.S. sales for the VW brand for nearly two years, has left the automaker. ...
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BMW names former Mini boss Goller as new China chief
BMW named former Mini boss Jochen Goller as its new head of China operations. ...
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PSA replaces China chief amid sales slump
PSA named new chiefs for its China and Latin America regions as part of a management shuffle. The mo ...
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Gestamp elevates CFO Pena to CEO
Spanish metal parts supplier Gestamp said it named Francisco Lopez Pena as CEO. ...
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Hyundai gives Kona off-road capabilities to broaden small SUV's appeal
Hyundai hopes a sharp design, advanced connectivity features and off-road capability will help win c ...
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Citroen sees C3 Aircross luring minivan loyalists
Citroen says the C3 Aircross will stand out from rivals in the subcompact SUV segment with its expre ...
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VW seeks youth appeal with T-Roc
VW believes the T-Roc's high-tech connectivity features, expressive design and fashionable color opt ...
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Seat Arona tackles the 'urban jungle'
Seat is aiming its Arona subcompact crossover at inhabitants of "the urban jungle" who don't need of ...
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BMW sticks to X3's winning formula
BMW has stuck to its winning formula for its X3, one of the automaker's highest volume models, givin ...
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
Renault is seeking to capture a share of Europe's small-but-growing pickup segment with the Alaskan, ...
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
Daimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division ...
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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup
Opel's Grandland X crossover is expected to give the automaker a strong foothold in Europe's popular ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Toyota C-HR
Assembly of the all-new Toyota C-HR began in November 2016 at the automaker's plant in Sakarya, Turk ...
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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
Assembly of the all-new Aston Martin DB11 began in May 2016 in at the supercar maker's plant in Gayd ...
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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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