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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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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.


Gestamp records Q1 net profit up 14% to EUR63m

8 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Gestamp has posted first-quarter net profit up 14% to EUR62.8m (US$75m), with revenue increasing 3.8%.


Seat global sales surge 18.7% in Q1 2018

6 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

VW Group-owned Seat’s global sales grew in the first quarter of 2018 to reach the highest volume in the 68-year history of the brand.


Seat to launch EV in 2020

22 Mar 2018 | Dave Leggett

VW-owned Seat says it will sell its first fully electric model in 2020. It will come with a range of 500 kilometres


Scania/Acotral begin real-life platooning test in Spain

12 Mar 2018 | Mike Chiswell

During several months of preparations, Scania and Acotral have worked together to implement smart transport systems on Spanish roads. In platoons, the vehicles drive in proximity to achieve fuel-efficient and aerodynamic formations on motorways.


Seat sales growth continued in February

8 Mar 2018 | Dave Leggett

The VW Group owned Seat brand says it delivered 39,900 vehicles in February, 25.9% more than in the same month of 2017. In the first two months of 2018, SEAT sold 78,800 cars (+23.1%).


Gestamp posts 2017 net income up 8.3% to EUR240m

27 Feb 2018 | Simon Warburton

Gestamp has recorded full-year 2017 net income up 8.3% to EUR240m (US$296m), with revenue increasing 8.6% to EUR8.2bn.



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