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Now the Toyota Corolla again, Europe's Auris replacement impresses

15 Feb 2019 | Graeme Roberts

I came away from the European media launch of Toyota's latest generation Corolla on the Balearic (Spanish) island of Majorca with the distinct impression that the late decision to revert the nameplate back to Corolla - used worldwide since the model first appeared in 1966 - from Auris, used in Europe for two generations plus mid-life facelifts between 2007 and 2018, had rather caught country distributors on the hop. Why the change?

25 years on comes the fifth generation Toyota RAV4

18 Jan 2019 | Graeme Roberts

It seems hard to believe Toyota's RAV4 is 25 years old and entering its fifth generation. Seems only a few years ago I had my first go in the little three-door launch model with its cheeky look a larger Toyota iteration of Suzuki's Vitara, a two-litre petrol engine, side opening rear door and tailgate mounted spare wheel.

ANALYSIS - Future models for SEAT and Cupra

17 Jan 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Buoyed by a young model range and the addition of multiple crossover/SUVs, SEAT made 2018 its best year yet for vehicle sales, finally breaking a record set in 2000. Crucially, the company is making decent money too, something which had eluded it for a long time.

Arona heralds a family of future SUVs for SEAT

30 Aug 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Not too long ago, SEAT was a troubled member of the Volkswagen clan. Money slipped through its fingers, no-one quite knowing how the Spanish adoptee could be made to feel what its role should be. Now things have changed with the newly confident division's models much in demand.

SNAPSHOT - AGVs in manufacturing at SEAT's Martorell plant

11 Jan 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group brand SEAT has released details of its intelligent robots' operations at its Martorell, Spain, manufacturing plant.

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Mercedes to highlight big-data platform at MWC

20 Feb 2019 | Dave Leggett

Mercedes-Benz is to highlight its new big-data platform at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) from 25 to 28 February 2019 in Barcelona.

SEAT to test 5G connected car in Barcelona

14 Feb 2019 | Dave Leggett

VW Group owned brand SEAT says it is getting ready to participate at the Mobile World Congress, the global benchmark event of mobile technology and connectivity, for the fifth year in a row.

EC backs EUR26m EIB loan to Cikautxo

6 Feb 2019 | Simon Warburton

Authorities at the EC have backed a EUR26m (US$30m) European Investment Bank (EIB) loan to Spanish company Cikautxo, specialised in rubber and plastic components for the automotive sector.

Ficosa, SEAT and partners collaborate on Connected Car pilot project

29 Jan 2019 | Simon Warburton

Mobile World Capital Barcelona, SEAT, Telefonica, Ficosa, ETRA and i2CAT have signed a collaboration agreement to undertake a pilot project for connected cars.

SEAT global sales up 10.5% in 2018

10 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

SEAT new car sales in 2018 reached a total of 517,600 vehicles, up 10.5% on 2017 (468,400 cars). This result is the largest sales volume in SEAT’s 68 year history and exceeds the record set in 2000 (514,800 cars).

Berge and Gefco ink 50:50 Spain logistics operation

4 Jan 2019 | Simon Warburton

Automotive logistics providers, Berge and Gefco have inked a deal to work on a 50:50 joint venture in Spain.

SEAT joins Alastria blockchain consortium

19 Dec 2018 | Dave Leggett

VW Group owned SEAT says it is joining the Alastria infrastructure, the first semi-public multisectorial consortium which aims to provide a venue for digital cooperation in an independent, neutral network where blockchain technology-based products and services are developed.

EC green lights Bergé Gefco joint venture

12 Dec 2018 | Simon Warburton

Approval has been granted by the European Commission (EC) through the EU Merger Regulation, for the creation of a new joint venture by Bergé Automotive Logistics (BAL), a subsidiary of Bergé y Cía, of Spain and Gefco España, which is ultimately controlled by the Russian state-owned rail company RZD.

Mahle adds new R&D centre in Spain

23 Nov 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mahle has inaugurated a new research and development centre in Valencia, Spain.

Iberdrola to supply 50 IKEA charging stations

19 Nov 2018 | Simon Warburton

Iberdrola and IKEA have signed an agreement though which the energy company will install more than 50 e-vehicle charging stations and supply 100% renewable energy to the stores, logistics centres and corporate buildings of the company in Spain in 2019.

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