The journey of the world-renowned Spanish car company began 70 years ago: SEAT was founded on May 9, 1950 and quickly brought mobility to the whole of Spain. Throughout its 70-year history, the company has demonstrated that it is capable of reinventing itself time and again and successfully overcoming challenges. SEAT has harnessed the power of change to transform itself from a pure car manufacturer into a robust technology and industrial company. An urban mobility hub was opened in the center of Barcelona in 2020 with CASA SEAT. The software development center SEAT:CODE was also further expanded and hired around 100 new employees. SEAT is the Group brand with Europe’s youngest customer profile and offers strikingly designed vehicles “Created in Barcelona.” In 2020, SEAT brought out the new Leon, the brand’s biggest seller. The vehicle impresses with a fresh design, clear lines, harmonious proportions and innovative lighting. The wide range of advanced drive concepts make the SEAT Leon even more efficient and for the first time, it offers PHEV and mild hybrid versions. In addition, the Leon is SEAT’s first vehicle with complete digital connectivity.
CUPRA is an unconventional and emotionally-charged brand, which is defined by the progressive design and the performance of its electric models. Numerous new vehicles were launched in the reporting year: the CUPRA Leon family, the CUPRA Ateca and the CUPRA Formentor – a powerful SUV and coupé crossover and the first model developed specifically for CUPRA. With a total of seven high-performance and efficient drive systems, including two plug-in hybrid versions, its comprehensive connectivity functions and modern safety and comfort systems, the Formentor is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, SEAT’s deliveries to customers fell by 25.6% in fiscal year 2020 to 427 thousand vehicles. Sales figures fell year-on-year on almost all markets. The CUPRA brand recorded an increase of 11.1% to 27 thousand vehicles and was therefore one of the few brands that grew in Europe. Unit sales at SEAT stood at 484 thousand vehicles in the past fiscal year, down 27.5% on the figure for 2019. This figure also includes the A1 manufactured for Audi. The Arona and Ateca SUV models and the Leon were in high demand.
In the reporting year, 406 thousand SEAT and CUPRA vehicles were manufactured; a decrease of 31.3% yearon- year.