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Seat releases first car manufacturer-developed Apple CarPlay app

Spanish manufacturer Seat has become the first auto manufacturer to release an app specifically for Apple CarPlay. Developed in-house, the Seat DriveApp allows customers to view full vehicle-status data, including scheduled maintenance and tyre pressure, along with a dealer finder...

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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for June 24
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for June 24

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Volkswagen Group to axe 40 models - report
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Volkswagen Group to axe 40 models - report

The Volkswagen Group will reportedly axe around 40 models to cut costs and make way for an electric vehicle onslaught. Sources within Volkswagen told German newspaper Handelsblatt that the automaker will cut a total of around 40 models from its mainstream Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Seat and Skoda marques...


Volkswagen gets further 'dieselgate' fix approval in Germany
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Volkswagen gets further 'dieselgate' fix approval in Germany

Germany's Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has approved fixes for around 1.9 million Volkswagen, Audi and Seat diesel vehicles fitted with an emissions testing defeat device. Overnight, the German government approved a fix that covers 1.1 million 2.0-litre EA189 turbo-diesel engines used in the Volkswagen Golf, Passat, Caddy and Tiguan, as well as the Audi A4, A5, A6 and Q5, and Seat Exeo...


Seat Ateca SUV revealed for Geneva motor show
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Seat Ateca SUV revealed for Geneva motor show

Spanish car maker Seat, an arm of the wider Volkswagen Group, has unveiled its all-new Ateca SUV this week ahead of a debut at next month’s Geneva motor show. The Seat brand departed the Australian market a long time ago, but its fortunes in Europe and elsewhere have grown in the time since and the past three years have seen its sales increase by 25 per cent...


Seat SUV spied during the day
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Seat SUV spied during the day

Our spy photographers have spotted the Seat SUV out testing in Europe. Although the car seen here is only wearing marginally less camouflage than the last prototype we spotted, the mere fact that this vehicle was spotted in broad daylight, rather shrouded by driving rain and the blackness of night, means that we have a better view at Seat's first ever crossover...


Volkswagen Group restructure to create four holding companies - report
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Volkswagen Group restructure to create four holding companies - report

Reports out of Europe claim the 12 brands belonging to the Volkswagen Group will be restructured into four distinct holding companies in a major reorganisation of one of the world’s largest automotive groups. The restructure will reportedly see three brands grouped together under each of the four holding companies in an arrangement designed to improve efficiency and speed up decision making within the business...


2016 Seat SUV spy photos
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2016 Seat SUV spy photos

The upcoming Seat SUV has been spied by our photography team during on-the-road development testing in Europe. Wearing heavy camouflage all over and using centrally mounted temporary headlights, it's hard to make many details about Seat's first ever crossover. Peering out of slits at the rear, though, we can part of the tail-lights and their angular graphics...


Seat Leon ST Cupra becomes fastest wagon around the Nurburgring
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Seat Leon ST Cupra becomes fastest wagon around the Nurburgring

The Spanish marque claims that its Seat Leon ST Cupra wagon is now the fastest production wagon to have lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife. As part of its presentation for the Worthersee festival that's currently taking place in Austria, Seat announced that the front-wheel drive Leon ST Cupra completed a lap of the famed Nordschleife in 7:58...


Seat 20V20 concept previews 2016 SUV
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Seat 20V20 concept previews 2016 SUV

The Seat 20V20 concept SUV "coupe" has been unveiled on the eve of the 2015 Geneva motor show. The 20V20 provides a strong hint about the look of Seat's upcoming SUV, which will be built in the Czech Republic by corporate stablemate Skoda and is expected to go on sale in 2016...


Seat Leon ST Cupra 280: Spanish hot-hatch turns wagon
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Seat Leon ST Cupra 280: Spanish hot-hatch turns wagon

The Seat Leon ST Cupra 280 has been unveiled, expanding the Volkswagen Group-owned company's performance sub-brand and in the process becoming its first high-performance wagon. Teaming a 1470-litre load capacity with a claimed 6.0-second 0-100km/h time, the Seat Leon ST Cupra 280 follows on from the Leon Cupra 280 hot-hatch that surprised the world last March with a 7:58...


SEAT ponders 2016 Australian return led by forthcoming compact SUV
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SEAT ponders 2016 Australian return led by forthcoming compact SUV

Spanish brand SEAT is pondering a return to Australia as soon as 2016, with CEO Juergen Stackmann confident its sporty range would fit in well locally if given the chance.  Speaking with CarAdvice at the 2014 Paris motor show, Stackmann admitted the brand’s focus remained on Europe, where it is defying the weak market with strong growth, but also said its mooted launch in China soon could open the door to a wider Asia Pacific rollout...


Seat confident it could take back Nurburgring record from Renault with stripped-out Leon Cupra
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Seat confident it could take back Nurburgring record from Renault with stripped-out Leon Cupra

Seat has announced plans to take back its Nurburgring lap record from Renault just hours after its French rival set a new benchmark in the Megane RS275 Trophy-R. Earlier today, Renault confirmed a time of 7:54.36 for the stripped out Megane RS275 Trophy-R around the 20.8km Nurburgring Nordschliefe circuit, eclipsing the 7:58...


Seat Ibiza Cupster concept celebrates 30 years of small cars for the Spanish brand
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Seat Ibiza Cupster concept celebrates 30 years of small cars for the Spanish brand

The Seat Ibiza Cupster concept is a one-off, chop-top two-seater set to debut at the 2014 Wörthersee GTI Treffen show at the end of the month. The open-top Seat small car celebrates 30 years of the Ibiza nameplate, with the heavily stylised concept model featuring a tinted low-slung, steeply raked windscreen and side windows that appear to cut back towards the rear of the car and follow the swage-line that runs from the headlights towards the rear wheels...


Seat Leon Cupra 280 : Nurburgring's fastest ever front-wheel drive
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Seat Leon Cupra 280 : Nurburgring's fastest ever front-wheel drive

It's official. The Seat Leon Cupra 280 is now the fastest ever front-wheel-drive production car to lap Germany's famed Nurburgring. Announcing a time of 7:58.44, Seat has broken a three-year-old lap record set by the 195kW/360Nm Renault Megane RS265 Trophy back in 2011. The car maker says it achieved the feat using a 206kW/350Nm turbocharged 2...


Spain to extend scrappage scheme again
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Spain to extend scrappage scheme again

Spain hopes to reinvigorate its flagging automotive industry by extending a ‘scrappage’ scheme to subsidise the purchase of new cars. Under the scheme, people who scrap a car or commercial vehicle that is at least 10 years old and replace it with a new fuel-efficient vehicle are entitled to a rebate of 2000 euros ($2841)...


Seat Leon Verde plug-in hybrid prototype unveiled
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Seat Leon Verde plug-in hybrid prototype unveiled

The Seat Leon Verde plug-in hybrid prototype has been unveiled at an electromobility event in Spain. Based on the new five-door Seat Leon hatch – itself sharing its underpinnings with the new Volkswagen Golf Mk7 – the plug-in hybrid Verde prototype was unveiled as part of the Cenit Verde project, an initiative to boost electromobility in Spain...