Seat may be struggling a bit at home in Spain but it has just notched up its most successful half-year result to date in the UK, with a 1.41% share of the new car market here.

That’s 17,839 cars to the end of June – over 1,000 more than in the same period last year.

The volume puts Seat ahead of the likes of KIA, Hyundai, Volvo and Suzuki, in a stable market that has grown just 2.04% year-to-date.

Peter Wyhinny, director of Seat UK, said: “This fantastic result is hugely encouraging. Increasing demand for our sporty and design-led range of cars is set to grow further as new products arrive, such as the Altea freetrack crossover vehicle in October.”