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SEAT goes large with Tarraco

4 Apr 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Doesn't it seem a long time ago that we thought of SEAT as a maker of small cars? The addition of the new 4.7m long Tarraco means the brand now has a third SUV, putting it in competition with the VW Tiguan Allspace, Skoda Kodiaq and Peugeot 5008 for the first time.

Cupra convinces - how SEAT created a premium brand

7 Mar 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Cupra is off to a decent start. SEAT claims to have sold 3,600 Cupra Atecas so far this year. With the sole model in demand and due to be joined by others later in 2019, the experiment to evolve what had been a sports trim level into a brand is working.

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.

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SEAT aims for 60% production waste reduction by 2025

17 May 2019 | Dave Leggett

SEAT has announced that it is focusing its environmental improvement actions this year on reducing waste. Over the past eight years, SEAT has managed to generate 34% less waste in its facilities, and in the next few months is going to implement measures designed to reduce production waste by up to 60% in the next six years.

Grupo Antolin opens lighting plant and technical centre in Germany

16 May 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Interiors specialist Grupo Antolin has officially opened its new lighting factory in Bamberg, Germany.

BYD delivers ebuses to Badajoz, Spain

14 May 2019 | Simon Warburton

BYD has delivered 15 pure electric 12-metre eBuses to Spain's southwest city of Badajoz – one of the largest eBus orders for the manufacturer in the country.

Electric car sales not taking off in lower income EU countries - ACEA

9 May 2019 | Graeme Roberts

New data from the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) highlighted the correlation between the affordability of electric cars and their market uptake. The analysis compared national data on the sales of electrically-chargeable vehicles (ECVs) with GDP per capita in the EU member states for full year 2018. The data showed all countries with an ECV market share of less than 1% – half of all EU member states – have a GDP per capita below EUR29,000.

Biomechanics and gaming tech help SEAT reduce worker injuries

1 May 2019 | Dave Leggett

VW Group-owned SEAT says it has reduced the number of muscle injuries suffered by its factory workers at its Martorell (Spain) plant by 70% in two years by using 'biomechanics and cutting-edge virtual reality technology'.

SEAT spent EUR7.137bn on purchases in 2018

18 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

In a record year for Volkswagen Group Spanish unit SEAT, the purchasing operation spent EUR7.137bn (US$8.061bn) in 2018, up 5.6% year on year.

Nissan workers to protest Spanish job cuts on Labour Day

17 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan workers are expected to demonstrate against Spanish job cuts on Labour Day (1 May) and during the 11-19 Barcelona auto show, local media reports said.

VW's Seat lays out electrification plans

27 Mar 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group Spanish unit Seat will launch six electric and plug-in hybrid models by 2021.

Seat sets Martorell plant water use reduction goal

26 Mar 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Seat said technology and more efficient processes to reuse and recycle water used in its manufacturing processes, particularly in the paint workshop and rain test booth, have reduced its impact on the water cycle.

Ficosa and Panasonic to supply ETC 2.0 module for new BMW X5 in Japan

26 Mar 2019 | Dave Leggett

Ficosa and Panasonic have announced an agreement with BMW to provide their co-developed interior rear-view mirror with electronic toll collection (ETC) 2.0 for the new X5 model in Japan.

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