Spain-based automaker SEAT concluded the first half of 2017 with the best commercial result since 2001. The brand’s global sales grew by 13.7% compared to the same period in 2016, to a total figure of 246,500 vehicles, nearly 30,000 more cars than the 216,800 units sold in first half of previous year. In the month of June alone, SEAT sold 45,200 units, an increase of 12.6% against the 40,100 vehicles from same month in 2016.
Spain led the growth with 54,100 cars sold (+21.2%), followed by Germany in second place with 48,600 SEAT vehicles delivered (+10.2%) and the United Kingdom third (29,500; +20.5%). France (13,300; +18.2%) and Italy (10,500; +14.6%).
Despite a lower growth, Mexico became SEAT’s fifth largest market during the first half of the year to 12,931 units, a 6.4% increase against same period of 2016.
The Volkswagen subsidiary began the first half of 2017 with a facelift of the Leon, the brand’s top seller, which reached the streets in January.
In addition, and in the framework of the largest product offensive in the history of SEAT, the fifth generation Ibiza was also presented in the first part of the year and is now in full launch phase, the FR trim was added to the Ateca, and last 26 June saw the international debut of the new compact crossover Arona, which will be sold in the final quarter of the year.
In 2018, the brand’s SUV range will be completed with a third vehicle with up to seven seats, which will be positioned one segment above the Ateca.