The results obtained until July were supported by a sharp increase in most of the markets where SEAT is present, many of which grew by more than 20%. Spain is the leading market with 72,900 vehicles sold (+16.0%). In addition, SEAT is the leading brand in the country and the Leon and the Ibiza are the most widely registered models. Germany is SEAT’s second-largest market, posting a rise of 26.4% and sales of 71,400 cars. In the UK, SEAT is making progress against the market trend and grew by 23.5% (total: 41,600 cars). France, which contributes the fourth highest sales volume to SEAT (18,900), is one of the fastest growing markets, after posting an increase of 23.2%, as is Italy (14,200; +27.1%).
In other European markets such as Austria (13,700; +24.0%), Belgium (6,900; +45.4%), Portugal (6,800; +22.2%) and the Netherlands (5,700; +26.6%) sales also went up by more than 20%. The increase is even more prominent in Algeria, where SEAT has so far delivered 12,900 vehicles this year, which is 11,700 more than the first seven months of 2017.
Operating profit also increased
In the first half of 2018, thanks to the commercial success registered, SEAT’s operating profit went up by 62.7% compared to the same period in 2017, reaching a historic record figure of 212 million euros. The addition of the Arona to the SEAT model line-up is one of the key factors leading to this result, and the company’s turnover also achieved record levels after going up by 14.5%, reaching 5,786 million euros.
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