The SEAT Ateca, finalist for AUTOBEST 2017 awards

The SEAT Ateca, finalist for AUTOBEST 2017 awards

New international recognition

  • SEAT’s first SUV is among the five best selected for this prestigious award

  • The Ateca, whose new X-Perience version was unveiled in Paris Motor Show, was already named Best Crossover at the UK’s Auto Express New Car Awards

  • Design, tech features, versatility, innovative driving assistance systems and high tech connectivity are the keys to its success

Martorell, 14/10/2016. - The SEAT Ateca, which since June of this year has already opened the doors to different European markets, is among the 5 vehicles put forward for the prestigious AUTOBEST 2017 awards, one of Europe’s top prizes given by a panel of 31 specialised journalists each representing a different country.


AUTOBEST focuses on design, comfort, easy driving, value for money and commercial and service networks to choose the vehicle with most points in its favour as the customers’ best purchase option.


The winning model will be announced in mid-December, following comparative tests and the final voting.


This recognition of the Ateca comes at an especially important time for the company. SEAT’s digital transformation coincides in time when SEAT is consolidating its financial results and getting ready for its biggest offensive of new models. Following the Ateca, SEAT is going to launch three new models in 2017 – the updated Leon, the fifth generation Ibiza and the new SEAT Arona crossover.


SEAT is progressing towards sustainable profitability and expects to close 2016 with profits. The company posted a half-yearly 2016 operating profit of 93 million euros, which is 77% more than the same period in 2015.

In addition, sales are increasing for the fourth year in a row, with 312,900 vehicles delivered until September.



SEAT Ateca: A true compact and sporty SUV

The Ateca’s nomination as one of 2016’s best all-rounders pushes the Spanish brand’s first SUV one step beyond its excellent customer acceptance with orders already exceeding 30.000 vehicles.


The Euro NCAP safety tests awarded it five stars for its excellent design, versatility and performance last June, with brilliant results in all sections despite the increased number and stringency of the tests, which particularly earmarked adult occupant and child protection, without forgetting pedestrians and driving assistance systems.


SEAT Ateca comes with a wide range of options, a choice of petrol turbo (TSI) or diesel turbo (TDI) power packs from 115 HP to 190 HP, front or four wheel drive, and manual shift or DSG. Customers can choose from the Full LED headlights to a variety of assistance systems, such as the innovative Traffic Jam Assist and new Emergency Assist, as well as a package of state-of-the-art infotainment systems with 8” touch screen and Full Link connectivity. XCELLENCE is added at the top of the range of SEAT’s usual finishes to satisfy the brand’s most discerning customers.

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SEAT is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting 81% of its vehicles, and is present in over 80 countries through a network of 1,700 dealerships. In 2016, SEAT obtained an operating profit of 143 million euros, the highest in the history of the brand, and achieved worldwide sales of nearly 410,000 vehicles.

SEAT Group employs 14,500 professionals at its three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza and Leon, amongst other models. Additionally, the company produces the Alhambra in Palmela (Portugal), the Mii in Bratislava (Slovakia) and the Toledo in Mladá Boleslav (Czech Republic).

The Spanish multinational also has a Technical Centre, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2015. This ‘knowledge hub’, bringing together 900 engineers, aims to be the driving force behind innovation for the number one industrial investor in R&D in Spain. In line with its declared commitment to environmental protection, SEAT undertakes and bases its core activity on sustainability, namely reduction of CO2 emissions, energy efficiency, as well as recycling and re-use of resources.

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