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    • Founded on 9 May 1950, SEAT is celebrating 70 years of mobility
    • Production began in 1953 with 925 employees and a rate of 5 cars per day
    • SEAT’s first overseas export was to Columbia in 1965, now Spain’s number one exporter
    • More than 19 million vehicles built and sold to date across 67 models
    • SEAT’s first export to the UK in September 1985 – a two vehicle line-up, Ibiza Mk1 and Malaga
    • First year sales of 405 units to 68,800 vehicles in 2019
    • The brand is ready for a future shaped by electrification, digitalisation and new urban mobility

    It’s been 70 years since SEAT was founded on 9 May 1950, the company that helped democratise mobility in Spain and beyond.

    Over the past seven decades, SEAT has undergone a profound transformation and demonstrated a constant capacity for reinvention, which has enabled it to remain a benchmark throughout its history.

    Formally established on 9 May 1950 after an agreement was signed between the National Institute of Industry, with 51% of the share capital (600 million pesetas, which today would be €3.6 million); seven large Spanish banks (42%) and the Italian manufacturer Fiat (7%), which provided technical advice and the production licence for its models.

    When originally created, the company’s name was Sociedad Espańola de Automóviles de Turismo, S.A., but was officially changed to SEAT in the 1990s.

    When production began in 1953, just 925 people worked on the line. Today, SEAT employs more than 15,000 people as well as generating more than 100,000 direct and indirect jobs within the supply chain.

    To date, a total of more than 19 million SEAT vehicles have been built and sold, and more than 72,000 people have been employed by SEAT. The Ibiza (5.8 million sold) is the most popular SEAT of all time, followed by the Leon (2.3 million), 127 (1.2 million), Cordoba (1.03 million) and the Toledo (1.01 million).

    Since the company made its first export sale in 1965, SEAT has established itself as Spain’s leading industrial exporter, accounting for almost three per cent of the country’s economic exports. Today, SEAT vehicles reach countries as far as New Zealand, Mexico and French Guiana.

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    by Published on 15-05-2020 10:06 AM
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    • First ŠKODA production model based on the MEB electric car platform
    • Rear- or four-wheel drive, a range of up to 500* km and excellent driving performance
    • Three battery sizes, five power variants and fast-charging option for even shorter charging times
    • Emotive design, plenty of space, 13-inch display and state-of-the-art connectivity


    Emotive, efficient, electrifying: the new ŠKODA Enyaq iV marks a pioneering step forward in the Czech carmaker’s electromobility strategy. The first ŠKODA production model based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular electric car platform combines brand-typical virtues such as a generous amount of space and an emotive design with fun yet sustainable driving. There is a choice of three battery sizes and five power variants, depending on requirements. The all-electric SUV is set to be built at ŠKODA’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav, making it the first MEB-based Volkswagen Group vehicle in Europe to be produced outside Germany.


    ŠKODA AUTO CEO, Bernhard Maier, said, “The Enyaq iV marks the beginning of a new era for ŠKODA, it is the figurehead of our E-Mobility campaign. With it, we’re making E-Mobility Simply Clever thanks to long ranges and short charging times. At the same time, the Enyaq iV takes ŠKODA-typical virtues such as superior interior space, a trendsetting design and maximum functionality to a new level. Our first all-electric e-model based on Volkswagen Group’s modular electric car platform will be built at our main plant in Mladá Boleslav, at the heart of ŠKODA. This is an important step towards securing the future of the location and safeguarding jobs in the region.”

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    MEB-based ŠKODA: perfect for everyday use and sustainable, fun driving ...
    by Published on 06-05-2020 11:19 AM
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    • Carbon fibre styling specification further enhances the visual sporting appeal of the Continental GT family and Bentayga
    • Meticulous attention to detail in materials and engineering precision
    • Front splitter, side sills, rear diffuser and boot lid spoiler all crafted in high-gloss 2x2 twill carbon fibre
    • 3D electroformed Bentley badges developed specially
    • Extensive test and development process showcases the lengths that Bentley goes to in delivering quality

    Bentley customers can add an extra sporting edge to their Continental GT, Continental GT Convertible or Bentayga with the addition of the Styling Specification. Crafted by hand to exact tolerances following an extensive development programme, the Styling Specification includes a front bumper splitter, side skirts with metallic Bentley badges, rear diffuser and boot lid spoiler in high gloss carbon fibre. The Bentayga package also includes a bi-plane tailgate spoiler and rear screen strakes, again all in high gloss carbon fibre, with the additional options of front air blades, wing vents and mirror caps in a matching finish.

    The progression of design, development, testing and sign-off of these components is a smaller-scale facsimile of the process that Bentley goes to across every aspect of a new model, and showcases the attention to detail for which Bentley is renowned.

    Like the veneer that adorns the cabin space, the carbon fibre exterior components are mirror-matched across the centreline of the car for precise visual appeal. The carbon fibre weave is a 2x2 twill pattern, woven in the same ...
    by Published on 06-05-2020 11:13 AM
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    • Fourth-generation Octavia launches with two feature-laden First Edition models
    • SE Tech trim created to appeal to business users
    • Striking new design, plus a raft of new safety and assistance systems
    • Hatch and estate versions available
    • Three engine options from launch
    • SE First Edition trim starts from Ł22,390 OTR
    • Additional derivatives and powertrains join later this year, including entry level S trim


    The Octavia has been at the heart of the ŠKODA brand for more than six decades and has established itself as a key pillar of the brand’s ongoing success in the UK. 2020 marks the arrival of an all-new fourth-generation model that is set to redefine sector standards for equipment, value and technology.

    The all-new Octavia range launches with two body styles, two special First Edition trim levels and three engine options. Prices range from Ł22,390 OTR for the 1.5 TSI 150PS SE First Edition hatch model to Ł29,515 OTR for the 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG Estate SE L First Edition.

    Additional derivatives and powertrain options will join the range later this year, including an entry level S trim, a 1.0 TSI engine available with a manual transmission, the introduction of mHEV (mild hybrid) DSG on both the 1.0 TSI and 1.5 TSI, and PHEV (plug-in hybrid) models. A sporty vRS model, available in diesel, petrol and PHEV, will also be added to the range. The Octavia vRS iV will be the first ever electrified vRS model.

    Bigger, safer, and packed with more technology than ever - the fourth-generation Octavia delivers better value and raises the bar for practicality and space. A best-seller throughout its various production runs, the new version is set to continue the UK’s ongoing love affair with the ŠKODA Octavia.

    UK TRIMLINES

    The launch range consists of three value-packed trim grades: SE First Edition, SE Technology, and SE L First Edition. To celebrate the launch of the most advanced Octavia ever, all First Edition models incorporate exceptionally high equipment levels with a host of technologies and safety systems.

    The all-new model is longer and wider than its predecessor, has an even larger boot and showcases the ...
    by Published on 06-05-2020 11:05 AM
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    • World premiere of the original Crafter took place in Berlin in April 1975
    • Originally called the LT, it was a Transporter designed for heavy loads
    • Over 1.5 million models have been sold across four generations
    • Latest model introduced in 2016 setting the new benchmark for the sector


    The Volkswagen Crafter is celebrating its 45th anniversary, having first been revealed to the world in Berlin in April 1975. Launched as the big brother to the Transporter, the Crafter has gone on to sales success and multiple award wins across
    four generations.


    With a requirement for a van that could carry heavier loads, Volkswagen developed a van to fill the gap between its iconic Transporter model and a heavy truck – a cargo vehicle in the 2.8 to 3.5-tonne segment.

    It was called the LT, short for Lasten-Transporter, which loosely translates as heavy load Transporter. It was available in two wheelbases, two roof variants, as a panel van, station wagon, bus, platform and double cab.

    This versatility has stayed with the Crafter over the past 45 years, and since it launched, more than 1.5 million models have been produced and sold across the world.

    To celebrate its birthday, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has taken a trip down memory lane, from the model’s beginnings through to the multi-award-winning Crafter on sale today.

    LT: 1975-1996


    Total worldwide sales: 470,000


    With a focus on load space, engineers designed the original with a front engine between the driver and front passenger seat above the front axle, while maintaining rear-wheel drive. This space-saving design meant the LT remained compact – just 33cm longer and 20cm wider than the T2 Transporter – but with a 50% increase in cargo volume to 7.85m3. Inside, designers focused on ergonomics with ...
    by Published on 06-05-2020 10:56 AM
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    • Three trims and five engine derivatives available from today, with additional trims and electrified engines to follow
    • 1.0-litre TSI 110PS SE 6-speed manual available from Ł195 per month on PCP (based on 4.0% APR and Ł1,000 deposit contribution), including metallic paint at no extra cost
    • Predicted best-seller 1.5-litre TSI 130PS FR 6-speed manual priced from Ł23,515*
    • New Leon huge step forward in both quality and technology: efficient and electrified engines, new standards of connectivity, and greater emphasis on design
    • New Leon achieves outstanding residual values, according to independent CAP HPI
    • After three years / 60,000 miles, Leon expected to retain 42 per cent of its value
    • Configure your new SEAT Leon at: car-configurator


    SEAT has announced pricing for the new Leon hatchback and estate as the order books open today, a vehicle which starts at less than Ł20,000 and has been independently verified as retaining more of its value than ever before.

    Customers can now buy a brand-new SEAT Leon SE 1.0-litre TSI 110PS SE 6-speed manual for Ł19,855*, maintaing the value the previous-generations were known for. If purchased via a Solutions Personal Contract Plan (PCP), it will cost only Ł195** per month.



    Pricing and data for the FR Sport, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux trims, as well as the 2.0 150PS TDI engines, will follow later in 2020.

    The Leon has been a cornerstone of the SEAT range since 1999, accumulating more than 2.2 million sales globally (252,416 in the UK) ...
    by Published on 17-04-2020 02:08 PM
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    • Fourth generation Octavia hatch delivers emotive design and innovative technologies
    • Powertrains include plug-in-hybrid drive, mild hybrid and petrol and diesel engines
    • Increased dimensions and improved practicality
    • Striking new interior design with multi-level dashboard
    • UK launch range comprises three feature-packed First Edition models


    2020 marks the arrival of the fourth-generation Octavia – an all-new model that is set to continue its role as the driving force at the heart the ŠKODA range. Ahead of its summer launch this year, ŠKODA has released a new set of dynamic and location images of the hatch version.


    Like the ultra-practical estate, the new Octavia hatch is bigger and packed with more technology than ever. In addition to being more spacious, safer, and better connected, the all-new model is longer and wider than its predecessor, has an even larger boot and showcases the latest evolution of ŠKODA design language. The new interior combines class-leading practicality with outstanding functionality and high-quality materials. Innovative connectivity features and new assistance systems further highlight the brand’s commitment to delivering the best possible value for money to customers.

    At a length of 4,689mm, the new Octavia hatch is 19mm longer and 15mm wider than its predecessor, while its boot volume has been increased by 10 litres to 600 litres. The new front apron and the razor-sharp, narrower, new headlights feature LED technology for low beam with high beam and daytime running lights as standard. The tail lights, ...
    by Published on 17-04-2020 02:01 PM
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    • Top of the class: The Tiguan has become the most successful model in the Volkswagen Group and the best-selling SUV in Europe
    • Steady increase in production: Since the Tiguan made its debut in 2007, Volkswagen has increased annual production from 120,000 to just shy of 911,000 units
    • 2,495 units per day: Last year a brand new Tiguan rolled off the production line every 35 seconds in one of Volkswagen’s factories in Germany, Russia, China and Mexico


    A global bestseller sets another new record: in spring 2020, the Volkswagen Tiguan broke the production barrier of six million units. A total of 910,926 units of the SUV were manufactured in 2019 alone. This makes the Tiguan the best-selling car in the Volkswagen brand and Group. The versatile vehicle is available to buy in 80% of all countries on earth. It is the most successful SUV on the market in Europe. The Tiguan is one of the three most popular sport utility vehicles in the world.

    Volkswagen produces the top-selling model in four time zones across three continents.


    On average, a brand new best-selling Tiguan rolled off the production line every 35 seconds in one of the company’s Tiguan factories last year. This fast rate of production reflects the rapid development of this product line. The world premičre of the first generation of the SUV took place at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt back in 2007. Later that year, the first Tiguan came onto the market. Since then, the newcomer has enjoyed a meteoric rise. In 2008, Volkswagen manufactured more than 150,000 units of the ...
    by Published on 12-04-2020 03:20 PM
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    • Touch Screen Remote connects rear seat passengers with a plethora of in-car features
    • Intricately crafted device with high definition five-inch screen
    • Configurable passenger environment maximises personal comfort as part of an unrivalled luxury experience
    • Part of the new Flying Spur’s suite of onboard technology, helping to define it as the ultimate luxury grand touring sedan


    The new Flying Spur’s multi-functional Touch Screen Remote affords rear seat occupants unprecedented control over the car’s extensive range of luxury features, redefining precision control over passenger comfort.

    Encapsulating the remarkable attention to detail and use of latest generation technology that defines the user experience of the Flying Spur’s handcrafted cabin, the Touch Screen Remote (TSR) is as intuitive as it is beautiful, finished in polished metal embellished with diamond knurling.

    At the touch of a button, the Remote deploys itself from atop the rear centre console, held in place by integrated magnets, ready to be utilised by the rear seat passengers.

    The handheld Remote is a powerful computing device in its own right, with performance driven by a four-core processor and 1GB of onboard RAM. A pin-sharp 1280 x 720 pixel display forms the interface, and an integrated array of cutting-edge sensors including a three-axis accelerometer and a proximity sensor combine with haptic feedback to make the TSR easy and intuitive to use. A 3200mAh Lithium-Polymer battery guarantees continual operation for even the longest journeys without regular requirement for recharging.
    ...
    by Published on 12-04-2020 03:12 PM
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    • Volkswagen is the most popular car brand on the Chinese market.
    • In 2019, Volkswagen sold more than 6 million notchback saloons in the compact segment there, with six models to choose from
    • Following the COVID-19 pandemic, there are signs that the Chinese market is easing: production of vehicles and components has resumed at almost all Volkswagen sites


    European customers love compact hatchback models like the Golf, which has spent over four decades at the top of the vehicle registration statistics. In contrast, the world market is dominated by compact notchback models. Worldwide, they account for almost one third of all deliveries to Volkswagen brand’s customers – with 1.6 million vehicles sold in China alone. A total of six models are offered there to satisfy the high demand. A market overview of the notchback vehicles sold exclusively on the Chinese market gives a detailed insight into the differences between models.


    Spacious cabins and trunk space is important to Chinese car buyers, this is why the sedan segment is way more important than the hatchback segment. Volkswagen satisfies this need with a range of models developed exclusively for this market.

    Through the joint ventures SAIC-Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen and the JETTA sub-brand, the Volkswagen brand offers six individual models in the key segment that are geared to the customers’ tastes. In its largest single market, the Volkswagen brand grew its market share in 2019 with these vehicles. The models at a glance:


    JETTA VA31)


    The JETTA sub-brand was launched in 2019. It is the first time in Volkswagen’s history that a model, in this case the Jetta notchback saloon, which has been extremely successful in China for a number of years, ...
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