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ANALYSIS: BMW sales collapse in largest EU market

The 12 percent YoY rise in the June German passenger cars market has seen some notable changes to the usual pecking order. Opel muscled past...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Leon X-Perience & SEAT SE376

The Leon range continues to be SEAT's salvation, its multiple bodystyles successfully tempting ever more buyers to switch to the Spanish bra...


COMMENT: Volkswagen's Piech got a lot right

Dave Leggett | 27 Apr 2015

Ferdinand Piech's forced exit from his role as chairman of Volkswagen Group's Supervisory Board appears to have resulted from yet another bout of political infighting instigated by himself.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: SEAT León Cupra

Glenn Brooks | 23 Feb 2015

Once the Volkswagen Group’s biggest underachiever, SEAT is succeeding at last. The evidence? In Germany it’s now a top-ten brand, and in the UK, it was just 47 cars behind Fiat in January.


Special management briefing: Paris reflections (2)

Glenn Brooks | 13 Oct 2014

The Volkswagen Group didn't dominate the world premieres list, a 1970s DS21 devoid of Citroen badges was exhibited, Jaguar's XE drew only modest praise, and Volvo went properly premium - just some of the many highlights from the 2014 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile.


Special management briefing: Paris reflections (1)

Glenn Brooks | 13 Oct 2014

The Volkswagen Group didn't dominate the world premieres list, a 1970s DS21 devoid of Citroen badges was exhibited, Jaguar's XE drew only modest praise, and Volvo went properly premium - just some of the many highlights from the 2014 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile.

Latest Interviews

INTERVIEW: Audi's 'Mr RHD' retires

Graeme Roberts | 31 Jul 2014

David Ingrams, who retired from Audi UK's press office today (31 July) played a key role in helping the German automaker's engineers achieve "uncompromised" right hand drive configurations and also oversaw a collection of about 50 classic cars, many of which he helped to launch when new. The man who praised Audi for taking the long-term view has himself served 36 years with the automaker and the connection may not yet be completely severed.


INTERVIEW: VW Rus director Marcus Osegowitsch

Simon Warburton | 20 Mar 2014

Marcus Osegowitsch is general director, Volkswagen Group Rus and Simon Warburton caught up with him on the sidelines of this year's Russian Automotive Forum organised by Adam Smith Conferences in Moscow.

Latest News

2015 BARCELONA SHOW: World premieres

Glenn Brooks | 8 May 2015

SEAT was the only vehicle manufacturer to reveal world premiere models at the 2015 Barcelona motor show. The media preview day was 7 May.


SEAT reduces after tax loss on sales boost

Graeme Roberts | 20 Mar 2015

SEAT reduced its after tax loss in 2014 to EUR66m, a 56% improvement over 2013's EUR149m in red ink.


French market sales make gains in early 2015

Graeme Roberts | 3 Mar 2015

French light vehicle registrations have continued to make gains during the early months of 2015, IHS Automotive principal analyst Ian Fletcher said in a research note.


2015 BRUSSELS SHOW: World premieres

Glenn Brooks | 16 Jan 2015

The 'European Motor Show - Brussels' saw various vehicle world premieres, as listed below. The media preview day was 15 January.


SEAT Martorell output up 13.5%

Graeme Roberts | 15 Jan 2015

SEAT's Martorell plant built 442,677 vehicles in 2014, up 13.5% over 2013, executives said at a conference in Madrid.


EU car sales scrape to 1.4% gain in November

Dave Leggett | 16 Dec 2014

New car sales in the EU scraped to a 1.4% gain in November amid continued industry concern over the weak pace of market recovery in the EU area.


SPAIN: SEAT adds 233 temps at Martorell plant

Chris Wright | 20 Nov 2014

SEAT is hiring 233 temporary workers at its Martorell facilities near Barcelona to cope with a one-off increase in demand for the Ibiza and Audi Q3 models.


BELGIUM: Jaguar overtaken by Lexus across Europe

Glenn Brooks | 18 Nov 2014

A sales surge by the Japanese brand, combined with a lack of interest in Jaguar by buyers outside the UK has seen Lexus overtake the British car maker in Europe.


VW Group to axe SEAT brand in Russia

Dave Leggett | 18 Nov 2014

Volkswagen Group is to stop selling SEAT brand vehicles in Russia due to persistent weak demand and the adverse impact of the weak rouble on imports to Russia.


SPAIN: SEAT global sales up 10% in 2014

Glenn Brooks | 9 Oct 2014

SEAT says it ended the third quarter with an aggregate sales increase of 10.5%, and 294,000 vehicles delivered, 27,900 more than in the same period of 2013 (266,100).


2014 PARIS SHOW: World premieres

Glenn Brooks | 6 Oct 2014

The media preview days of the 2014 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile were 2 & 3 October. Here follows a list of vehicle and concept global debuts.


SPAIN: SEAT global sales reach six-year high

Glenn Brooks | 10 Jul 2014

Thanks in part to the ongoing sales surge in the Spanish passenger vehicle market, the Volkswagen Group's SEAT division has just reported its best first six calendar months since 2008.


VW Group’s January-May sales up 6.3%

Graeme Roberts | 16 Jun 2014

The Volkswagen Group delivered 4.11m vehicles (January-May 2013: 3.87m; up 6.3%) from January to May. The company handed over 864,600 units (May 2013: 816,300; up 5.9%) to customers in May.


SEAT bucks the trend for hot hatch sales

headlineauto | 5 Jun 2014

Volkswagen Group's Spanish unit SEAT is on course to achieve double the normal rate of hot hatch sales here in the UK with the new Leon Cupra.


Vauxhall to revive Viva nameplate - report

Graeme Roberts | 21 May 2014

General Motors' UK unit Vauxhall is reviving a famous nameplate - Viva - from next spring, using it on a Korean-built entry level hatchback.


Cautious VW sees profits jump on stronger sales

Tony Lewis | 29 Apr 2014

Volkswagen Group reported a 21.8% jump in operating profit for Q1 to EUR2.9bn (US$4bn) from EUR2.3bn a year ago boosted by record sales for its Audi and Porsche divisions.


VW Group Q1 sales grow 5.8%

Chris Wright | 16 Apr 2014

Volkswagen Group sales were up 5.8% at 2.4m units in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. Growth in March was 7.6% year-on-year at 929,500 units.


SEAT confirms SUV for 2016

Graeme Roberts | 26 Mar 2014

Volkswagen group Spanish unit SEAT on Wednesday (26 March, 2014) said it would produce a new compact SUV model, on sale in 2016.


SEAT operating loss soars to EUR217m

Graeme Roberts | 26 Mar 2014

Despite a record turnover of EUR6,473m euros in 2013 - up 6.3% year on year - Volkswagen group Spanish unit SEAT booked a large increase in operating loss: EUR217m versus EUR134m in 2012.


Renault tops new CO2 emissions study

Graeme Roberts | 4 Mar 2014

Average CO2 emissions from new cars across Europe fell to 126.8g/km in 2013, a 5.5g/km improvement over 2012, according to JATO Dynamics.


Skoda sales driven up by Rapid

Dave Leggett | 18 Dec 2013

Skoda enjoyed a strong month in European sales in November according to European sales data released by JATO which provides manufacturer and model-level detail.


FRANKFURT: Final list of global debuts

Glenn Brooks | 11 Sep 2013

The media days for the 2013 Frankfurt Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) are 10 & 11 September. Each of the following vehicles is a world premiere at the show.

Latest blogs

A drone's view: inside a car plant

Glenn Brooks | 28 Oct 2014

SEAT has sent a drone up to film outside and inside its 2.8 million m2 Martorell plant.

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