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Volkswagen sold up to 17,000 pre-production prototypes to consumers

Volkswagen reportedly sold between 6700 and 17,000 pre-production vehicles to unsuspecting buyers in Europe and the US. The company illegally sold at least 6700 pre-production vehicles between 2006 and 2018, a Volkswagen spokesperson has confirmed to Handelsblatt...

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Volkswagen: Next-gen platforms will be the last designed for petrol, diesel engines
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Volkswagen: Next-gen platforms will be the last designed for petrol, diesel engines

At Volkswagen Group, the next generation of flexible component sets will be the last engineered for internal combustion engines. According to Automotive News, Michael Jost, head of strategy for the Volkswagen brand, told an industry conference in Germany “our colleagues are working on the last platform for vehicles that aren’t CO2 neutral"...


Cupra: Seven new models by 2021 - report
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Cupra: Seven new models by 2021 - report

Cupra, the newly spun-off performance division of Spanish manufacturer Seat, is planning an extensive model rollout in the coming years – according to a new report. Spanish publication Periodismodel Motor claims the go-fast sub-brand intends to launch an additional seven models before 2021, joining the current Cupra Ateca SUV...


2019 Seat Tarraco revealed
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2019 Seat Tarraco revealed

The Seat Tarraco has been revealed, standing tall above the Ateca and Arona as the Spanish brand's first entry into the large SUV segment. Essentially Seat's take on the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, the Tarraco is based on the Volkswagen Group's ubiquitous MQB architecture, and also debuts the brand's new design language...


Cupra Arona coming in 2020 - report
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Cupra Arona coming in 2020 - report

The Seat Arona looks set to be the next model in the Spanish brand's line-up to be fettled by its new Cupra performance sub-brand – according to a new report. Spain's Motor.es claims the hotted-up crossover is scheduled for release in 2020 as a 2021 model, around the same time the Arona will go through a mid-life refresh...


Seat wants to be Alfa-equivalent for younger buyers
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Seat wants to be Alfa-equivalent for younger buyers

Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Group, says the Seat brand will be positioned as the group's sporty mainstream brand. As part of a move by Diess to reduce internal competition between the Volkswagen Group's non-luxury brands, Seat will be a sporty complement to the value-focused Skoda marque...


Seat Arona, Ibiza get Digital Cockpit
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Seat Arona, Ibiza get Digital Cockpit

Seat has debuted its new 'Digital Cockpit' on the Arona crossover and Ibiza hatchback this week. Measuring 10.25 inches, the optional Seat Digital Cockpit "not only has a more modern and versatile design, but provides greater functionality, allowing drivers to view everything from classic information found on analogue dials, such as speedometer and tachometer, to full-colour maps and navigation"...


Seat Leon ST Cupra Carbon Edition revealed for the UK
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Seat Leon ST Cupra Carbon Edition revealed for the UK

Seat has revealed the Leon ST Cupra Carbon Edition for the UK, sporting unique enhancements over the 'standard' hot wagon on which it's based. Limited to just 50 units in Britain, the Carbon Edition draws upon the 300PS (221kW) all-wheel drive Leon ST Cupra wagon – itself based on the hi-po Volkswagen Golf R – and adds niceties like carbon-fibre finishes for the side blades along with the front and rear bumpers...


Seat Leon Cupra: WLTP regulations force power cut
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Seat Leon Cupra: WLTP regulations force power cut

The new Worldwide harmonised Light vehicle Testing Procedure (WLTP) testing regime has forced Seat to detune its Leon Cupra 300 and create the Cupra 290. First reported by the UK's Auto Express, the company has confirmed the front-wheel drive versions of the Leon Cupra will lose 10 horsepower (7kW) to comply with new WLTP regulations (now 290bhp/216kW), though the all-wheel drive Leon Cupra ST wagon will maintain its 300hp (224kW) power output...


2019 Seat Tarraco spied
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2019 Seat Tarraco spied

The upcoming Seat Tarraco has been spied during performance testing at the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany, ahead of a European launch later this year. Essentially Seat's version of the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, the Tarraco will be the Spanish brand's first seven-seat SUV, sitting above the smaller Arona and Ateca offerings...


Dieselgate: Volkswagen fined $1.5 billion, Audi boss investigated
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Dieselgate: Volkswagen fined $1.5 billion, Audi boss investigated

Germany has fined the Volkswagen Group €1 billion ($1.5 billion) for cheating its way past emissions bench tests, as part of the long-running Dieselgate The fine was imposed by the Braunschweig (a city in Lower Saxony, Germany) public prosecutor, which is investigating the Volkswagen Group over the (seemingly never-ending) Dieselgate saga...


2018 Seat Tarraco teased
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2018 Seat Tarraco teased

Seat has teased its three-row Tarraco crossover, essentially a Spanish take on the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and Skoda Kodiaq, ahead of a full reveal later in the year. A spate of leaks mean we already have a good idea of how the seven-seat, er, Seat will look, but this is one of the first official looks at the car...


Seat supports speed skating record run - Video
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Seat supports speed skating record run - Video

Ice skating isn't a traditional Aussie past time, and Seat cars aren't sold Down Under, but combining the two makes for an interesting video. Kjeld Nuis won't be familiar to the majority of readers, but he won two speed skating gold medals at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, topping 60km/h in the process...


Seat launches integrated Shazam service
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Seat launches integrated Shazam service

Spanish brand Seat has revealed a new function for its in-car DriveApp – an integrated Shazam music recognition service. Announced on the first day of Mobile World Congress, the new feature allows users to identify songs on the move "in a completely safe manner"...


Cupra Ibiza prototype revealed
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Cupra Ibiza prototype revealed

The Cupra Ibiza prototype has been revealed at the launch of Seat's sporty sub-brand, previewing a potential production model. Despite being just a show car, the Cupra Ibiza looks very close to production ready, using the more pedestrian Seat Ibiza as a base – which itself shares its underpinnings with the Volkswagen Polo...


Cupra: Seat sub-brand launches hot Ateca, Leon TCR
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Cupra: Seat sub-brand launches hot Ateca, Leon TCR

Seat has officially launched the Cupra sub-brand, announcing its arrival with hotted-up take on the Ateca. As you'd expect of a fast, semi-compact Volkswagen Group product, power comes from a 221kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. Cupra says special tuning has made it sound better than in some other iterations, while a new Otto Particulate Filter System helps it meet ever-tightening European emissions standards...


2019 Seat Tarraco leaked
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2019 Seat Tarraco leaked

The Seat Tarraco has been leaked on social media this week, giving us an early look at the Spanish brand's upcoming seven-seat crossover. Posted on MQB-Coding & Retrofit's Facebook page, the leaked images show the Seat's take on the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, sporting a more angular face than its German relative – though not much else is drastically different...


2019 Seat Tarraco name chosen, car teased
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2019 Seat Tarraco name chosen, car teased

Seat has teased the upcoming Tarraco, its seven-seat competitor to the Nissan X-Trail and Skoda Kodiaq. The name was chosen by public vote, and references the oldest Roman settlement on the Iberian Peninsula. It won more than 35 per cent of the vote, beating Avila, Aranda and Alboran for the crown...


Seat: Cupra sports sub-brand to launch February 22
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Seat: Cupra sports sub-brand to launch February 22

Spanish car manufacturer Seat has confirmed the launch of its new Cupra performance subsidiary – set to launch on February 22, with its first models to debut at the Geneva motor show...


Volkswagen looking to better differentiate its volume brands
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Volkswagen looking to better differentiate its volume brands

The Volkswagen Group is looking to diffuse emerging tensions among its mass-market marques by giving them more clearly-defined roles in the future. According to a report from Reuters, the automotive giant wants to cut the overlap between Skoda, Seat and Volkswagen vehicles, in an attempt to better take advantage of its manufacturing scale...