SEAT Announces Significant Expansion In China

SEAT has announced it is committed to expanding its activities in China, following its strong presence at the Beijing Motor Show and the unveiling of SEAT showrooms in eight major Chinese cities on 24 April 2012.

Sporty leisure vehicles with a high degree of functionality are currently experiencing a considerable increase in demand in China. Following the market launch of the Leon, SEAT continued its response to the rapidly growing Chinese car market by showcasing the new Ibiza CUPRA Concept at the Beijing Motor Show. Making its world premiere at the event, the Ibiza CUPRA Concept is a close-to-production taster of the new generation of this sporty brand icon.

SEAT also featured the award-winning Alhambra. Using the Beijing Motor Show as an opportunity to gauge initial public reaction, the Alhambra could join the SEAT line-up in China in 2013, also as an import model produced in Europe.

James Muir, Chairman of SEAT, said: “SEAT has arrived in China. We are launching our success story on this market with our state-of-the-art, attractive city showrooms and with the SEAT Leon as the entry model.

“Here in China, we are observing a groundswell of increasingly discerning customers that want to differentiate themselves with their cars. SEAT stands for emotional design and state-of-the-art engineering, for guaranteed driving fun mile-for-mile. Our unique combination of design and performance, of technology and precision secures for us an enormous potential within this key marketplace.”

At the Beijing Motor Show, SEAT’s show stand displayed the new SEAT corporate identity. Characterised by a bright, expansive design, with, warm and welcoming colours, it reflected the design philosophy and the core values of the Spanish brand – clear, precise and distinctive in a highly attractive way.

All the new showrooms in China were designed in line with this new brand identity, which is scheduled for implementation worldwide. The cities to receive showrooms were: Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Wuhan and Zhengzhou.

The SEAT dealer network in China has planned to expand further over the next few months, reaching 15 operations by the end of 2012. This summer will see showrooms open in Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanning, Xi’an und Xiamen, with Beijing and Shanghai following.

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New Car Rental Offers from 121carhire.com Offer Summer Holiday Savings

121carhire.com – the dedicated car hire booking website – has this week announced a choice of new prices designed to help tourists rent a car for less on summer holidays this year. As many people get set to head to the beaches of Greece and Spain, the website is offering new savings with collections available at local airports.

The beaches and resorts of southern Spain remain a hugely popular draw with Brits, and 121carhire.com can this year help people stretch their holiday budgets thanks to new deals. UK tourists love the Mediterranean climate thanks to it offering guaranteed sunshine and great beaches, and travellers heading there can currently book car hire from only £9 per day*.

Tourists around the UK trust the 121carhire.com brand to help them save money on car hire wherever they may be travelling to. If people are planning family holidays on the beaches of the Greek Islands this year they can enjoy trips on a budget thanks to new Corfu Airport deals starting from just £16 per day**.

Michael Bond, spokesperson for 121carhire.com, commented: “At this time of year many people’s thoughts turn to getting away for a family holiday and some sunshine, and we can get them the best value possible car hire deals. By logging on to our site people can save money on car hire to get better value for money on any trips to Spain, the Greek Islands and more this year.”

To search for and book the best value summer car hire deals visit www.121carhire.com.

*Price correct for rental collected from Malaga Airport on June 13th, returned June 20th 2012, subject to change.

** Price correct for rental collected from Corfu Airport on June 13th, returned June 20th 2012, subject to change.

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Auto Windscreens Nets New Broker and Gains ISO

Auto Windscreens has been named the preferred glass supplier to the UK’s largest independently owned van insurance broker, Autonet Insurance and is celebrating after gaining the ISO 9001:2008 quality management systems accreditation.

Autonet Insurance compares products including public liability, car, van, truck, bike and motor trade insurance from a wide range of leading providers. Auto Windscreens will handle around 200 claims a month for the company.

Ian Donaldson, Managing Director of Autonet Insurance said: “It’s important to us to ensure our customers not only get the best deal on their insurance, but they also get exceptional service when they make a claim too. As vehicle glass claims are extremely common, we need to have a trusted and experienced supplier on board to handle them on our behalf – and we’ve got just that with Auto Windscreens.”

Joy Cooper, Sales Director at Auto Windscreens, commented: “We’re so pleased to have landed business from Autonet and we’re proud that it’s our service delivery that is continuing to capture the interest of the market.”

The company also recently gained the ISO 9001:2008 quality management systems accreditation from the British Standards Institution (BSI). The standard recognises companies that consistently deliver products that meet customer and regulatory requirements and which have implemented systems and procedures to continuously monitor and improve service.

All business processes in every department at Auto Windscreens were reviewed to ensure procedures complied with the Quality Management System manual. BSI conducted a three-stage audit programme at the Chesterfield Head office and in the 21 fitting centres, and it took eight months to achieve the full accreditation.

Mark Foster, Auto Windscreens Service Delivery Director, said: “There’s no doubt we’re setting the standard for exceptional customer service in the industry. Gaining this accreditation doesn’t only help us to manage our business effectively, it also shows our customers that we believe in consistently high quality products and service, and investing in effective systems and in exceptional people.”

For more information about Auto Windscreens, call 0800 999 5000 or visit www.autowindscreens.co.uk and for more information about Autonet Insurance visit www.autonetinsurance.co.uk.

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SEAT reveals Ibiza CUPRA Concept

SEAT has presented its Ibiza CUPRA Concept at a recent Volkswagen Group media event that signals the start of the Beijing International Motor Show. The Ibiza CUPRA was showcased as a close-to-production concept car that heralds a new generation of the iconic CUPRA model.

The Ibiza CUPRA shows the SEAT DNA in its most concentrated form: amazing performance, the latest technology and comprehensive equipment clad in an emotional design that has been consistently developed. With its compact form, the Ibiza CUPRA Concept is a sports car for every day, combining agile driving fun with a high degree of functionality. The series-production model of the new Ibiza CUPRA will arrive towards the end of 2012.

With its 132 kW / 180 hp engine, seven-speed DSG transmission with shift paddles, XDS electronic differential lock and high-performance brakes, the Ibiza CUPRA Concept aims to showcase high technological competence.

James Muir, Chairmanof SEAT, said: “With its new, powerfully accentuated design, its innovative technologies, upgraded interior and further improved quality, the new Ibiza CUPRA Concept clearly shows how our brand is continuing to develop.

“Emotional design and refined dynamics guarantee driving fun on every single kilometre. We are presenting the Ibiza CUPRA Concept at the Beijing Motor Show because this compact athlete will be an important element in the development of our brand in this key market.”

The first generation of the Ibiza CUPRA took to the streets in 1996. Since then the dynamic CUPRA models have developed to become an icon of the SEAT brand. The Ibiza CUPRA Concept shows how the next chapter of this success story will be written.

Dr. Matthias Rabe, Vice-President for Research and Development at SEAT, said:
“Immediate and linear acceleration, with agile handling, good traction and responsive brakes are the key ingredients for what the CUPRA name represents.”The new Ibiza CUPRA Concept is a perfect example of how we at SEAT are adapting the latest Volkswagen Group technology to create a unique and highly rewarding package.”

The concept car’s LED daytime running lights trace the line of the headlamps to deliver a unique light signature, as do the LED rear lights. Technically, the bi-xenon headlamps provide illumination, while cornering lights are integrated into the large fog lamps.

The side view of the three-door sports coupe is defined by its sharply drawn lines and edges, while the muscular rear shoulders and 17-inch wheels underscore its dynamics. The exterior mirrors are painted black and contrast with the distinctive Crono yellow paint finish of the CUPRA Concept in Beijing.

The entertainment system in the Ibiza CUPRA Concept is completely new. The powerful audio set-up can be complemented by the innovative SEAT Portable System. The 5-inch screen is removable for mobile use and yet integrated into the vehicle electronics. Its many functions include the navigation system, the hands-free phone system with voice control and an on-board computer. At a later point, the SEAT Portable System will be available as an option for the entire Ibiza family.

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