New SEAT EV, which could be called ‘SEAT Born’, to start testing in late 2018

The first all-electric SEAT to be based on VW's MEB platform will target a 300-mile range

The first SEAT pure-electric car based on the VW Group’s MEB platform will be ready to start testing by the end of this year, the firm’s head of R&D has revealed.

The new model – which could be called Born, Born-E or E-Born, based on trademark applications – looks likely to be the second or third model launched by a VW Group brand on the bespoke electric MEB platform. SEAT has already Continue reading “New SEAT EV, which could be called ‘SEAT Born’, to start testing in late 2018”

SEAT Alhambra MPV to get range of updates

The venerable SEAT Alhambra remains part of the Spanish brand's plans and will be updated to keep it fresh

The SEAT Alhambra will get technology upgrades to keep it up to date, as the existing version of the Spanish MPV approaches its ninth year of life, Auto Express can reveal. 

The future of the venerable people-carrier, developed in conjunction with the Volkswagen Sharan, has been in increasing doubt, not least because SEAT now has a seven-seat SUV in the form of the Tarraco. Continue reading “SEAT Alhambra MPV to get range of updates”

Hot new SEAT Tarraco FR to bring sporty edge and plug-in hybrid option

SEAT will supplement its new Tarraco SUV range with a hot FR version offered in petrol, diesel and hybrid form

The new SEAT Tarraco will be offered in performance-focused FR form in both conventional and plug-in hybrid forms, Auto Express has learned.

The new SUV is being sold as a seven-seater only in the UK, as a rival for the likes of the Skoda Kodiaq and the Hyundai Santa Fe. But SEAT has already confirmed plans to offer a sport-themed FR edition alongside the SE and Xcellence versions Continue reading “Hot new SEAT Tarraco FR to bring sporty edge and plug-in hybrid option”

New range-topping 2018 SEAT Tarraco SUV revealed

Wraps come off the new SEAT Tarraco SUV ahead of its Paris debut next month

This is the SEAT Tarraco, a new flagship SUV for the Spanish brand that’s designed to rival the likes of the Volkswagen Tiguan, Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Edge and Skoda Kodiaq.

Unveiled this week ahead of a public debut at October’s Paris Motor Show, the Tarraco (named after the city of Tarragona) is based on the longest version of the VW Group’s MQB platform, called A2. It’s 4,735mm long – so Continue reading “New range-topping 2018 SEAT Tarraco SUV revealed”

New limited edition Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 models revealed

Limited run Ferrari Monza ‘Icona’ models use the brand’s most powerful V12 engine, and cost upwards of £3 million

Ferrari has unveiled two new limited edition vehicles, the Monza SP1 and SP2. They are the first models to be launched under the Italian firm’s new ‘Icona’ line-up, which will celebrate some of Ferrari’s most famous models.

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Both the SP1 and SP2 are a nod to Ferrari’s racing Barchettas of the 1950s, particularly the 750 Continue reading “New limited edition Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 models revealed”

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi joins with Google to create new car infotainment systems

Global conglomerate Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has joined forces with the mighty Google to develop next-generation car infotainment setups.

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has announced a tie-up with tech-giant Google to develop its next-generation intelligent infotainment systems – in a scheme that is scheduled for roll-out in cars from 2021.

The Android-based set-up will provide “intelligent infotainment and customer-focused applications across multiple models and brands”. Continue reading “Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi joins with Google to create new car infotainment systems”

Ferrari seeks profit boost with Monza retro-styled supercar

September 18, 2018 11:20 CET

MARANELLO — Ferrari plans to launch two limited-edition, retro-styled supercars called the Monza.

The Monza will come in one-seat and two-seat configurations, the Monza SP1 and Monza SP2, forming a pair of open-topped supercars inspired by iconic past Ferraris.

The cars will offer 810 hp and a lightweight carbon fiber body. They will be capable of accelerating from 0-100 kph (62 mph) in 2.9 seconds and 0-200 kph in 7.9 seconds.

The Monza models were Continue reading “Ferrari seeks profit boost with Monza retro-styled supercar”

VW’s Seat counts on Tarraco to retain affluent customers

September 18, 2018 06:01 CET

TARRAGONA, Spain —Seat’s third SUV will become the company’s flagship model. It will be a crucial addition to retain more affluent customers and increase margins at Volkswagen Group’s Spanish subsidiary.

The Tarraco, named after the Spanish city of Tarragona, is a five- and seven-seat SUV that sits on VW Group’s MQB A long-wheelbase architecture, which also underpins the VW Tiguan Allspace compact SUV. VW will build the Tarraco for Seat in Continue reading “VW’s Seat counts on Tarraco to retain affluent customers”

Ferrari’s SUV will be called Purosangue

September 18, 2018 15:52 CET

MARANELLO — Ferrari’s first SUV will be called the Purosangue (Italian for thoroughbred). The car will launch in 2022.

The Purosangue will sit on a front midengine architecture, one of the two which will equip all future Ferraris. It will have a hybrid drivetrain, which the company said will power 60 percent of all Ferraris sold in 2022. It will also have new, innovative suspensions with variable ground clearance.

Ferrari calls the Purosangue a four-door Continue reading “Ferrari’s SUV will be called Purosangue”

Audi packs e-tron EV with interconnected features

September 18, 2018 06:01 CET

SAN FRANCISCO — The Audi e-tron will boast a 95-kilowatt-hour battery, full-time all-wheel drive and a host of interconnected goodies to make owning the automaker’s first series full-electric vehicle more enjoyable.

What the five-seat premium SUV also will have, though, is the same 0-to-60 (0-97 km) time as a 2017 Audi A3 sedan (5.5 seconds) and the lowest top speed 124 mph (200 kph) of any modern Audi except the 1984 Audi Coupe (116 mph). However, like all Continue reading “Audi packs e-tron EV with interconnected features”