Furthermore, Vice-president for Finance, IT and Organisation Holger Kintscher underscored that “in 2018 SEAT achieved the best operating profit ever and a triple-digit operating profit for the third year in a row. One of the factors contributing to this result is our strict cost-efficiency programme. We have to intensify these programme to invest in the company’s electrification and in reducing CO2.”
The Arona spurred SEAT sales in 2018. In its first full marketing year, the brand delivered close to 100,000 units of its new urban SUV, which emerged as the brand’s third top-selling model. The Arona successfully joined the Ibiza, Leon and Ateca as one of the four pillars of the brand and contributed to SEAT obtaining record sales figures in countries such as Germany, the UK, Austria, Switzerland, Israel and Morocco. Global sales continued their double digit growth at the beginning of 2019, reaching a record volume of 88,900 vehicle deliveries, which is 12.8% more than in the same period of 2018.
Furthermore, total production of SEAT vehicles went up by 10.2% in 2018 to stand at the record figure of 528,300 cars. In 2018, SEAT built vehicles in Martorell, Kvasiny and Mladá Boleslav (Czech Republic), Palmela (Portugal) and Bratislava (Slovakia), as well as Wolfsburg (Germany), where production began on the new SEAT Tarraco.
The bonus payment to employees goes up by 49%
For the third year in a row following the approval of the 2016 collective bargaining agreement, next 15 April SEAT employees are going to receive a profit distribution payment for the results obtained. This year, the company is paying 1,068 euros gross to each employee, which is 49.2% more than last year (716 euros), thanks to the increased operating profit.
*Note for editorial teams: These results are included in the Volkswagen Group’s presentation and have been calculated by applying international accounting standards (IAS/IFRS) and consolidating the SEAT brand figures.
SEAT will be presenting its annual results next 27 March according to the Spanish General Accounting Plan, without including its subsidiaries. In this presentation, SEAT will review the year 2018 and will explain the brand’s future strategy.
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