SEAT is a step away from reaching the highest car sales volume in its 68-year history. With just one month left before closing 2018, the brand’s global deliveries rose by 13.0% compared to the result obtained from January to November, amounting to 492,300 cars worldwide (2017: 435,500). With this volume, SEAT has already bettered its sales figure of all of last year, which closed with 468,400 vehicle deliveries. This is the best historic result for a January to November period, and exceeds the figure posted in 2000 (473,200).
The carmaker’s sales accelerated again in November, rising by 7.2% (total: 43,300 cars sold) compared to the result obtained in the same month of 2017 (40,400).
The brand delivered 492,300 cars from January to November.
According to SEAT Vice-president for Sales and Marketing Wayne Griffiths, “exceeding the 2017 sales volume when there is still one month left before closing the year is a very positive result. We are on the brink of ending an exceptional 2018 and achieving the best sales result in the history of SEAT. In addition, with more than 90% of the engine range now available, the situation resulting from the application of the WLTP standard is returning to normal.”
With one month remaining until the end of 2018, this sales growth means that SEAT has already surpassed the full year historic record set in countries such as Germany, the UK, Austria, Israel and Morocco. In Germany, SEAT’s main market, the brand grew by 14.0%, selling a total of 108,200 vehicles; 14.8% in the UK (60,100); 9.3% in Austria (18,100); 7.1% in Israel (8,900) and 11.7% in Morocco (2,000).
Moreover, for the first time since 2007, SEAT sold more than 100,000 vehicles in Spain, growing by 16.8% (total: 104,000). SEAT is the leading brand in Spain, and the Ibiza small car and the Leon hatchback are the most widely registered models. Global deliveries also went up in key markets such as France and Italy. SEAT accelerated by nearly 30% in France (28,700; +28.7%), making it one of the fastest growing European markets.
Deliveries performed strongly in Italy, up by 14.6%, to reach 19,100 vehicles, as well as in Portugal (9,200; +19.4%) and Belgium (9,100; +24.9%). Furthermore, Algeria continued to be the country with the highest year-on-year growth, it quadrupled the sales posted in 2017 (4,400), and with 18,400 vehicles sold is SEAT’s sixth largest market.