TRIPLE ACCOLADE FOR SEAT AS ARONA, ATECA AND LEON NAMED IN THE DIESELCAR AND ECOCAR TOP 50

May 16, 2018

  • SEAT picks up three accolades in the annual DieselCar and EcoCar Magazine Top 50
  • SEAT Arona has been awarded Best Compact SUV
  • The SEAT Ateca claimed fourth place overall and the Leon 25th

Milton Keynes, 10/05/2018 – SEAT has secured a hat-trick in the annual DieselCar and EcoCar Top 50, with the Arona crossover, Ateca SUV and Leon range all named in the top half of the table.

The Top 50 celebrates the most capable cars on the market, naming the best performers in each segment based on a comprehensive road test scoring system.

Adding to its fast-growing trophy collection, the SEAT Arona was named Best Compact SUV and came in at 16th place overall. The Ateca was named at an impressive fourth place and the Leon 25th.

Commenting on the Arona’s result, DieselCar & EcoCar editor Magazine Ian Robertson said: “SEAT has really nailed its move into selling SUVs, and the Arona has won our top compact SUV spot on its first appearance. Like the Ibiza it’s based on, it’s good to drive and rewards the driver well when presented with a set of twisty corners.

“For a compact car it’s pretty spacious, with a solid, built-to-last feel and a pleasingly attractive dashboard design. Its 1.6-litre diesel engine delivers sparkling performance and can achieve up to 70.6mpg on a run.”

Richard Harrison, managing director at SEAT commented: “This result reinforces the impact the Arona’s had in a competitive segment in such a short space of time. Our designers and engineers have got our first compact crossover right first time, and built a car that makes sense on so many levels.

“Of course, Ateca continues to lead the pack two years since launch and to come fourth overall – out of 50 cars – reinforces the talent of the wider SEAT family. Not forgetting the hugely successful Leon of course, which remains as competitive as ever and richly deserves its place here.”

The award from DieselCar and EcoCar comes during an on-going period of success for SEAT, with sales at record levels year-on-year as the brand continues one of the largest product offensives in its history.

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SEAT is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting 81% of its vehicles, and is present in over 80 countries through a network of 1,700 dealerships. In 2016, SEAT obtained an operating profit of 143 million euros, the highest in the history of the brand, and achieved worldwide sales of nearly 410,000 vehicles.

SEAT Group employs more than 14,500 professionals at its three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza, Leon and Arona. Additionally, the company produces the Ateca and the Toledo in the Czech Republic, the Alhambra in Portugal and the Mii in Slovakia.

The multinational has a Technical Centre, which operates as a knowledge hub that brings together 1,000 engineers who are focussed on developing innovation for Spain’s largest industrial investor in R&D. SEAT already features the latest connectivity technology in its vehicle range and is currently engaged in the company’s global digitalisation process to promote the mobility of the future.

Notes to editors

SEAT is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting 81% of its vehicles, and is present in over 80 countries through a network of 1,700 dealerships. In 2016, SEAT obtained an operating profit of 143 million euros, the highest in the history of the brand, and achieved worldwide sales of nearly 410,000 vehicles.

SEAT Group employs more than 14,500 professionals at its three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza, Leon and Arona. Additionally, the company produces the Ateca and the Toledo in the Czech Republic, the Alhambra in Portugal and the Mii in Slovakia.

The multinational has a Technical Centre, which operates as a knowledge hub that brings together 1,000 engineers who are focussed on developing innovation for Spain’s largest industrial investor in R&D. SEAT already features the latest connectivity technology in its vehicle range and is currently engaged in the company’s global digitalisation process to promote the mobility of the future.

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