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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.


Can SEAT top 500,000 sales in 2018 with new Ibiza?

11 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen recently said that it had produced 14 million Polos since the first model was introduced in 1975. SEAT, an infinitely smaller company, introduced its similarly sized Ibiza in 1984. As it ramps up production of the fifth generation model, the total built at Martorell has just reached 5.6 million. The new car is more than good enough to push that total above 6 million within four years, maybe even three.


ANALYSIS - Future EVs and SUVs will transform SEAT

13 Dec 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This year, SEAT has finally pleased its paymasters in Wolfsburg. The company might not yet be exactly awash with cash, but the black ink is at last flowing. The Volkswagen Group's belief that its Spanish outpost could be turned around saw the Germans injecting much money and goodwill into SEAT. Crucially, it was put to good use in the form of adding SUVs. More models are on the way.


Ford fields highest tech Fiesta ever

29 Jun 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nothing like kicking off with a bold claim - Ford reckons the redesigned Fiesta is "the most technologically advanced small car on sale in Europe".


ANALYSIS - updated Leon and future SEAT models

8 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

April was a great month for SEAT, with double digit percentage rises in the brand's top three markets of Spain, Germany and Britain. The Ibiza and Ateca were part of the reason for a surge to 41,400 SEAT registrations. So too was an updated Leon, deliveries of which are now gathering pace in all European countries.


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Ford Valencia workers use body tracking technology

3 Aug 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Technology typically used by top sport stars to raise their game, or ensure their signature skills are accurately replicated in leading video games, is now being used on an auto assembly line.


SEAT adds digital cockpit to Arona and Ibiza models

3 Aug 2018 | Dave Leggett

VW-Group owned brand SEAT is bringing its customisable 'Digital Cockpit to the Arona and Ibiza models.


Gestamp records Q2 profit up 17% to EUR136m

27 Jul 2018 | Simon Warburton

Gestamp has unveiled second-quarter net profit up 16.5% to EUR136m (US$158m), while revenue rose 9% to EUR2.2bn.


VW confirms T-Cross SUV for Navarra plant

12 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen's upcoming T-Cross small SUV will be manufactured for European markets at its Navarra, Spain, plant.


Grupo Antolin wins EUR100m EIB interiors loan

11 Jul 2018 | Simon Warburton

Grupo Antolin has secured a EUR100m (US$117m) loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance its RDI (Research, Development and Innovation) strategy for automotive interiors.


AAM to open new manufacturing plant in Barcelona

29 Jun 2018 | Dave Leggett

American Axle and Manufacturing will expand operations in the industrial area of Viladecans, Spain, to support growth with new and existing European customers.


SEAT global sales up 15.5% in May 2018

7 Jun 2018 | Dave Leggett

VW-Group owned brand SEAT set a new sales record in May. The brand’s global deliveries went up by 15.5% last month for a total volume of 49,200 cars (2017: 42,600). This figure surpasses the prior record established in 2000 (48,400 units).


Grupo Antolin reports EUR1.291m sales in Q1

1 Jun 2018 | Dave Leggett

Grupo Antolin, one of the largest manufacturers of vehicle interiors in the world, achieved sales of EUR1.291m (US$1.497m) in the first quarter of 2018, compared to EUR1.333m in the same period the year before. Without the effect of currency fluctuations, sales increased 2.4%.


Nokian Tyres starts Spain testing centre construction

29 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Nokian Tyres has started construction of a new testing and technology centre in Santa Cruz de la Zarza in Spain.


Ford expands PHEV to Valencia

10 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford is to extend research into the use in urban areas of plug in hybrid electric vans that run solely on electric power for most city trips by working with Valencia's regional and city government to better understand benefits both for the environment and for customers.



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