Currently reading: Seat Leon leads new model blitz
All-new Leon due later this year, plus reborn Toledo, Mii and Ibiza facelift
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8 February 2012

An all-new, three-strong Seat Leon range, set to be unveiled before the end of this year, will cap off one of the busiest years in the company’s history.

Before the new three-door, five-door and estate Leons are shown, the VW Group firm will launch its Ibiza facelift and all-new Mii city car, plus a new compact Toledo saloon and special Chinese versions of the Ibiza and Leon.

See pics of the Seat Ibe concept, which shows the new Leon's look

Seat president James Muir has long spoken of his desire to expand the Leon range, and the three models should give Seat a significant volume boost in one of Europe’s largest segments.

Seat design chief Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos said the expanded Leon range would stop the need for one car to “fulfil the needs of three”. The models are expected to be heavily influenced by the Seat IBE concept car.

“The new Leons will target different clients,” he said. “The five-door will target families that want something dynamic and spacious; it will be more mature than before.

“The three-door will be sportier and will have a short wheelbase. The roof will be more sports coupé-like, without being a coupé. The estate will look sporty, but maintains functionality with a huge boot.”

The new Toledo, tipped for launch at next month’s Geneva motor show, is Seat’s version of the Skoda MissionL, a four-door saloon unveiled at last year’s Frankfurt show. The two firms have developed the MissionL and Toledo together.

At the Beijing show in April, Seat’s special Chinese versions of the Leon and Ibiza will be launched with subtly revised interiors to suit Chinese tastes.

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JezyG 11 February 2012

Re: Seat Leon leads new model blitz

matsoc wrote:

JezyG wrote:
SEAT is picking up sales as the Golf gets higher and higher priced the likes of Skoda and SEAT are stealing customers

Well, VW sold 485,000 Golf in Europe in 2011. Just 1.6% less than in 2010. Considering the whole market had a similar decrease I don't see any "stolen" customer...

SEAT's sales are up about 1.5% in 2011...

supermanuel 8 February 2012

Re: Seat Leon leads new model blitz

Bloke_from_SEAT wrote:
Anyway, I thought it was about time I got involved from time to time!

Hi Mike- good to see some industry people in here. Thanks for the clarification.

I spent a summer selling SEAT's back in the mid 90's when the Mk2 Ibiza and Mk1 Cordoba had just been released. It was my only time as a 'professional' in the motor industry but I enjoyed it immensely and have had a soft spot for SEAT ever since. I really hope VAG sorts their heads out and gives SEAT the freedom to become a Spanish Alfa beater. The last 10 years have not been vintage so lets hope things improve for the next 10.

Reticulatus 8 February 2012

Re: Seat Leon leads new model blitz

I think that's a very attractive car, hope the actual car doesn't get too watered down.

Not too convinced how well those headlights would work, but they are a welcome antidote to the current trend of making headlights bigger and bigger and having them extend so far up the wings.

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