SEAT to guide Volkswagen Group with entry-level electrical autos
The VW Group confirmed two weeks in the past the undertaking to develop an ‘MEB entry household’ – in impact, a smaller set of pure-electric fashions that might be round 4 metres in size (the identical as a VW Polo or SEAT Ibiza) – by 2023. Now SEAT boss Luca de Meo has confirmed that 300 engineers have been assigned to the undertaking in Barcelona, and that SEAT might be one of many manufacturers to make use of the smaller, cheaper MEB structure.
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“SEAT will develop, in collaboration with the VW model in Wolfsburg, a brand new electrical car of round 4 metres, primarily based on a platform that’s leveraging the MEB platform know-how, right here in Martorell. For the primary time within the historical past of our Centro Technico, we’ll assist to develop a platform that could be utilized by different manufacturers across the globe. We’re engaged on the concept sooner somewhat than later, everyone will have the ability to drive an electrical automotive for lower than €20,000.”
The VW Group CEO Dr Herbert Diess added, “The small electrical platform undertaking is a superb step in direction of an much more reasonably priced electrical mobility. SEAT will realise the primary electrical car that’s particularly designed for city journeys, accessible round 2023, for lower than 20,000 euros. The whole value of possession of this car might be decrease than that of comparable combustion-engined autos, due to financial savings on gasoline and upkeep. It is going to be essentially the most environmentally pleasant and financial option to transfer in city areas.”
Diess’s feedback would recommend that the VW Group is a way more modest vary for its MEB entry household than the standard line-up, which might be launched with the ID. hatchback later this yr. It’s conceivable that to maintain the value at such a low degree, MEB entry hatchbacks may have as little as 120 miles of vary between prices.
Luca de Meo additionally confirmed the identities of the primary six pure-electric or plug-in hybrid SEAT vehicles, which is able to all be on sale by the beginning of 2021. The primary mannequin would be the Mii Electrical, and this might be adopted by the el-Born MEB pure EV after which plug-in hybrid variations of the brand new Tarraco SUV and the subsequent era of Leon hatchback.
In a big growth, SEAT additionally confirmed that the subsequent two Cupra fashions – the Formentor crossover and the Cupra version of the next-gen Leon – may also function plug-in electrification. This marks the primary main dedication by any producer to make a sizzling hatchback with plug-in performance
“We’ll begin 2020 bringing to market the Mii Electrical. It’s an electrical model of the present Mii. We see it as an appetiser, a approach for us to check and study concerning the electrical automotive worth chain. Additionally in 2020, the brand new era of Leon will come to market in five-door and ST variations. It would function a plug-in hybrid with as much as 245bhp and fewer than 50g/km of CO2 emissions.”
“Simply earlier than finish of 2020, it will likely be the second of el-Born, primarily based on most superior quantity electrical platform on the planet, the MEB platform. It is going to be proper in the midst of the European market on dimension and worth. It’s a game-changer.”
“In similar timeframe, Cupra Leon and Cupra Leon ST, each with plug-in hybrid variations, will arrive. And at the start of 2021, we’ll shut the cycle with Cupra Formentor and Tarraco PHEV. The excellent news is that we are able to announce right now that the Formentor might be produced right here in Martorell.”
SEAT confirmed at its press convention that it recorded sturdy gross sales in 2018 – the most effective efficiency within the firm’s historical past. It made 294 million euros (£251m) in revenue final yr, an increase of 4.6 per cent over 2017, and delivered 517,600 autos, a acquire of greater than 10 per cent from the earlier yr.
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