Currently reading: Seat won't release an EV before 2026 as Cupra sales boom
Seat and Cupra cannot be electrified at once, says CEO Wayne Griffith

Seat won't release an electric car while Cupra is selling them, for fear of cannibalising sales, and will instead focus on combustion cars and micro-mobility.

The news, confirmed by Seat and Cupra CEO Wayne Griffiths, means Seat will not launch its hotly tipped first electric model before 2026, if at all, given that Cupra will release two new EVs over the next two years – the Tavascan in 2024 and a production version of the Urban Rebel concept in 2025.

Instead, Seat will focus on its combustion offerings and “electric micro-mobility”, building on its Seat Mó electric scooter. The firm is also looking to grow the business with a four-wheeled variant too, as first previewed by the Minimo at the end of the last decade before the model was shelved due to the Covid pandemic.

“The new electric cars we are focused on at the moment are for Cupra,” said Griffiths at the group’s annual press conference in Barcelona today. “We cannot electrify both brands at once. Seat is combustion. Cupra is BEV.

“I think the idea [that the two brands] complement each other, being in the market at the same time, particularly during this transition phase, makes a lot of sense.”

Speaking about the future of the Seat brand, especially regarding future car models, he added: “We are working on a strategy for micro-mobility to build a four-wheeler [the Minimo] and decisions on the future electrification of the Seat brand [in terms of cars] will be taken at a later date.”

The move comes as the young Cupra brand posted its best ever results in 2022, with 150,000 cars sold – almost double its entire sales in its first four years.

This led the Seat group to post operating profits of €179 million (£158m), its first time in the black since 2019. The firm also recorded a turnover of €10.5 billion (£9.3bn), the second-largest turnover in the company’s 73-year history.

Cupra, which Griffiths said is expected to take around half of the group’s overall sales this year, is targeting 500,000 sales a year in the mid-term, as it aims to become one of the “top 100 best global brands by 2030”.

Will Rimell

Will Rimell
Title: Deputy news editor

Will is a journalist with more than eight years experience in roles that range from news reporter to editor. He joined Autocar in 2022 as deputy news editor, moving from a local news background.

In his current role as deputy news editor, Will’s focus is with Autocar and Autocar Business; he also manages Haymarket's aftermarket publication CAT.

Writing is, of course, a big part of his role too. Stories come in many forms, from interviewing top executives, reporting from car launches, and unearthing exclusives.

Join the debate

Add a comment…
illuminati666 11 May 2023
 Hello everyone my name is Robert Cantwell from the UNITED STATE of AMERICA NORTH DAKOTA I'm giving a testimony on how I joined the Illuminati brotherhood, I was trying to join this organization for so many years now, I was scammed by fake agent in SOUTH AFRICA and UNITED STATES, I was down i could not feed my self and my family anymore and I tried to make money by all means but all in vain, I was afraid to contact any Illuminati agent because I have been scammed, One day I came across a post of someone giving a testimony thanking a man called PETER SAMPSON for helping him to join the Illuminati brotherhood, then I looked at the man’s email and the phone number that was written there, I was afraid to contact him because i was scammed a lot of times by fraudster's who ate my $17,000 and went away with the money then I was very confused so I decided to contact the person that was given the testimony and i called him and I communicated with him on phone calls before he started telling me his own story about when he wanted to join he told me everything to do, then I made up my mind and called the agent called PETER SAMPSON and he told me everything to do and I was INITIATED, surprisingly I was given my benefit of being a new member of the great Illuminati brotherhood I was so happy, For those of you trying to join this organization this is your opportunity for you to join if interested in joining kindly email on
whalley 22 March 2023

Cant' help but think that Seat's decision (doubt if it's theirs) is short sighted and playing into the hands of the Chinese brands just waiting to take their market share, establish a reputation as a reliable EV supplier and enabling them to kill any attempt to restart Seat as a credible EV producer. Short term profit versus long term survival. Sad really, the spanish workforce must be gutted. Hopefully, they will pop out lots of cheap, small London ULEZ compliant cars before they go. God knows, someone has to.