New Seat SUV may be built at Skoda site in Czech Republic

Article by Anita Panait, on December 15, 2013

Volkswagen Group may build a Seat sports utility vehicle at Skoda's Kvasiny site in Czech Republic, sources told Automotive News. The SUV would be built alongside the next-generation Skoda Yeti compact SUV at the site, where production costs are significantly lower than at Seat’s Martorell site in Spain. Seat currently lacks an SUV or a crossover model, which are selling very well in Europe.

VW Group has yet to green-light the SUV for Seat as it is still determining whether the struggling Spanish subsidiary can afford to add the model. Seat president Juergen Stackmann remarked that the SUV would be an important strategic building block in its product offensive in Europe.

Stackmann told Automobilwoche that Seat is working on an SUV that would "fit the brand and develop another European sub-segment" for the carmaker.

Seat has been experiencing a surge in sales since rolling out the new Leon compact car range, which includes three- and five-door hatchbacks as well as a station wagon. Seat's Leon, Toledo compact and Mii minicar models allowed the carmaker to hike its sales by 10 percent to 242,487 units in the first 10 months of 2013 in EU and EFTA countries in a market that dropped 3 percent during the period, according to industry association ACEA.

Media reports had indicated that a Seat SUV could integrate styling elements seen in the Seat IBX concept unveiled at the 2011 Geneva auto show.  The reports also said that the SUV would be underpinned by VW Group’s MQB modular platform, which also underpins the Leon, Audi A3 and VW Golf.

Topics: seat, suv, skoda, production

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

Nearly all details have been set with regards to the upcoming market introduction of the new Jaguar I-Pace. Its production version was recently previewed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto...
by - December 8, 2016
WM Motor, a new China-based automaker, recently revealed its forthcoming lineup consisting of affordable electric vehicles. While there is a company is the U.S. that has the same name, they...
by - December 8, 2016
Even when Aston Martin has been mum about the upcoming AM-RB 001 hypercar, Marek Reichman at least has something new to say. In a recent interview with Australia’s Motoring, the...
by - December 8, 2016
The people at Mercedes-Benz are rejoicing. This is simply because for the first time since 1979, Mercedes-Benz has assembled 20,000 – and still counting – examples of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class....
by - December 8, 2016
When Donkervoort Automobielen BV unveiled its Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS limited edition in May 2016, customer interest has been so overwhelming that the Lelystad, Netherlands-based carmaker sold out this one-of-a-kind vehicle...
by - December 8, 2016
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries