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Volkswagen could build EVs in the US as part of dieselgate settlement - report

The United States' Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reportedly floated a proposal for Volkswagen to build electric vehicles in the US as part of its settlement for the dieselgate emissions cheating scandal...

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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...


Volkswagen dieselgate fix will have impact on performance, according to US chief
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Volkswagen dieselgate fix will have impact on performance, according to US chief

During televised questioning from a US congressional committee, Michael Horn, the CEO of the Volkswagen Group's American arm, admitted that the upcoming fix will have an impact on performance, although he seemed to imply that the hit will not be that significant...


Peugeot won't 'play the game' with Nurburgring lap times
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Peugeot won't 'play the game' with Nurburgring lap times

Despite fierce competition and years of one-upmanship across various brands, Peugeot has said it will not 'play the game' when it comes to chasing record-breaking lap times around Germany's infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit...


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...


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...


Toyota claims worldwide sales crown for 2014, ahead of Volkswagen, GM
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Toyota claims worldwide sales crown for 2014, ahead of Volkswagen, GM

Toyota has edged out Volkswagen for the 2014 global sales crown by just 90,000 vehicles. In figures released overnight, Toyota Motor Corporation sold a total of 10.23 million vehicles throughout 2014, with 9.15 million cars attributed to Toyota (up two per cent). 915,000 vehicles were sold under the Daihatsu brand (up five per cent), while 168,000 Hino trucks (up four per cent) were delivered to customers...


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...


Audi and Porsche the Volkswagen Group's biggest profit centres
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Audi and Porsche the Volkswagen Group's biggest profit centres

The Volkswagen Group posted an operating profit of 3.2 billion euros ($A4.6b) in Q3, up 16 per cent on 2013, and remains on track for record full-year sales in excess of 10 million vehicles — a figure it previously told shareholders it would likely not reach until 2018.  The German company delivered just under 7.1 million passenger vehicles (up 5...


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)...


European Car of the Year: 2014 nominees announced
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European Car of the Year: 2014 nominees announced

The nominees for the upcoming 2014 European Car of the Year (COTY) award have been released. A provisional list of candidates before the final seven are announced by mid December, the 2014 COTY contenders include nine Japanese cars, six German, five French, three US, two each from the UK and Korea, and one each from Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic...


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...


Seat Leon SC: Spanish three-door hatch to debut at Geneva
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Seat Leon SC: Spanish three-door hatch to debut at Geneva

The Seat Leon SC has been revealed ahead of the Sports Coupe's unveiling at next month's Geneva motor show. Combing three-door hatchback looks and a functional interior, the Volkswagen Golf Mark 7-based Seat Leon SC still manages to match the five-door variant for luggage space, delivering a 380-litre capacity, despite running on a 35mm shorter wheelbase...


Young driver training program proves its worth
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Young driver training program proves its worth

A survey of young UK drivers who completed a driver training program open to anyone aged between 11 and 17 years old, has shown a positive reduction in their risk of road accidents. Research by Young Driver Training Ltd, the company behind the UK's Seat Young Driver program, found accident rates of young drivers who took part in the program were markedly reduced when compared to the overall rate of newly qualified drivers in the UK...