In this week's motoring gossip bulletin, we learn that Seat's got big expansion plans, Brexit might not be all bad for Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo's pushing onwards with diesel technology and more.
From Barcelona to Beijing
Seat will launch its cars in China in 2021, design boss Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos confirmed to Autocar. However, there are no plans to launch its Cupra performance brand there. China has quickly become an automotive powerhouse and is expected to be responsible for 30% of global car sales by 2030. Sibling brand Volkswagen already leads the Chinese market, accounting for a 10th of total sales.
An import-ant advantage for JLR
Jaguar Land Rover could have a home advantage over rivals if tariffs on cars built outside the UK are introduced in a hard Brexit, according to product planning manager Wayne Darley. “If there is a tariff situation, we will be ahead with our British-built cars such as the XE and XF, making them cheaper than rivals – and securing British manufacturing,” he said.