Seat practically overcame the lack of engines that led to the new WLTP emissions regulations and feared it could affect production, and between January and November it has already delivered 492,300 cars, a figure that is 13% higher than the same period of # 39; last year, as reported by the company this Friday.
In fact, production until November already exceeds that of last year, when 468,400 units were manufactured, and is on track to break a record with the highest production of the Martorell brand in its 68 years – history.
Production in November reached 43,300 units, 7% more than in the same month last year.
The entry into force of the new WLTP emission standards caused a bottleneck at the Volkswagen consortium in engine production, which caused an impact on production to be feared due to the lack of propellants on the assembly lines.
The chairman of Seat reassures the staff for the crisis of the Volkswagen engines
In fact, in the other factory of the German consortium in Spain, the Volkswagen of Landaben (Navarra), a temporary working regulation file (ERTO) was applied for the lack of engines, which did not go to Seat because, thanks to the flexibility of the hours, he was able to be in agreement with the staff and regulate the production.
According to Wayne Griffiths, vice president of Seat, "with 90% of the range of engines already available, the situation generated by the new WLTP regulation is returning to normal". Griffiths says he is "on the verge of completing an outstanding exercise and getting the best sales results from the history of Seat".
One month before the end of the year, Seat has already exceeded the sales record in Germany, the United Kingdom, Austria, Israel and Morocco. In Germany, which is the first Martorell brand market, sales rose by 14% to 108,200 vehicles; in the United Kingdom, 60,100 cars were sold (14.8% more); in Austria, 18,100 (9.3% more); In Israel, 8,900 (7.1% more), and in Morocco, 2,000 (11.7% more).
Sell in Spain as before the crisis
In Spain, Seat exceeded 100,000 cars sold this year, a benchmark that has not been reached since 2007, just before the onset of the crisis. State sales grew by 16.8%, up to 104,000 vehicles delivered, which consolidated them as the leading brand in Spain, with the León and Ibiza models driving the registration ranking.
Sales also increased in other key markets, such as France (+ 28.7%), Italy (+ 14.6%), Portugal (+ 19.4%) and Belgium (+ 24, 9%). In Algeria, where the brand fitted its vehicles at the Volkswagen Group factory, sales quadrupled: from 4,400 cars in 2017 to 18,400 in 2018.