/ The brand is launching a participation project and vote to come up with a Spanish place name for the Ateca’s big brother
/ Proposals can be submitted from today; voting will begin when the finalists are announced in September, and the winning name will be revealed soon after
/ The new large SUV will reach dealers next year
Barcelona, 01/06/2017 – Today, SEAT has launched a project, #SEATseekingname, for members of the public to submit proposals and vote for the name of its new SUV with up to seven seats which goes on sale in 2018. The main criteria is that the name for the new model which sits one segment above Ateca, must be taken from Spanish geography.
Since the announcement last March of the launch of this new SUV, SEAT has already received proposals from all over Spain to name the new model. In light of the social stir it has caused, the brand has decided to seize the opportunity to launch this initiative for the first time in its history.
At the presentation of the project, SEAT President Luca de Meo explained that,“SEAT has decided to call upon every fan of the brand to propose and later vote on the name of the new SUV which is set to make history. In our efforts to launch #SEATseekingName, we have redefined the typical process in order to engage the public and followers of the brand all over the world in the project from start to finish”.
The initiative, which kicks off today, consists of four stages:
The initiative will take place internationally via the website seat.com/seekingname.
Since SEAT launched the Ronda in 1982, Spain’s geography has provided the name of a total of 13 brand models: Ronda, Ibiza, Malaga, Marbella, Toledo, Inca, Alhambra, Cordoba, Arosa, Leon, Altea and the two latest, Ateca and Arona. The new SUV will be number 14 on the list.
The new model being launched by SEAT in 2018 will round off the brand’s SUV trio, following the successful Ateca and the Arona, which is going to make its debut in the second half of 2017. Together with the All-new Ibiza, which arrives in Ireland showrooms in July, and New Leon which arrived in February, SEAT will complete the largest product offensive in its history.
The extension and renewal of the range drove sales up by 14.5% in the first four months of the year and increased revenues by 20.2% in the first quarter of 2017, which reached a record figure of 2,487 million euros. In addition, and after obtaining the best results in its history in 2016, SEAT posted an operating profit in the first quarter of 2017 of 56 million euros, which was 4.1% higher compared with the same period the year before.