Madrid, 13/1/2015. SEAT Executive Vice-President for R&D, Dr. Matthias Rabe, has outlined the challenges facing the automotive industry over the next few years at the second edition of the “Encuentros SEAT” held today in Madrid. Speaking to a group of business leaders, politicians and institutions under the heading “SEAT – vision of the future for the automotive industry”, Dr. Rabe identified three of the major priorities currently being dealt with by carmakers: “reducing CO2 emissions, car connectivity and enhanced active and passive safety measures”.

Dr. Rabe pointed out some of the achievements already made by SEAT in these areas. As an example, “between 2006 and 2014 SEAT lowered CO2 emissions by 21%, partly due to innovations such as engine optimisation, improved aerodynamics and by producing more lightweight vehicles”. He went on to say that the company already sells vehicles fuelled by compressed natural gas -Leon TGI and Mii Ecofuel- and it possesses the technological know-how to promote the electric vehicle as soon as market conditions are favourable. Dr. Rabe announced that SEAT will be featuring new developments in connectivity in upcoming models, and went over the new driver assistance safety systems. The entire range of SEAT vehicles currently has a five-star Euro NCAP rating.

The Executive Vice-President for R&D explained that these technologies are being developed at the SEAT Technical Center and stressed its role in promoting innovation in the automotive sector in Spain. SEAT designs and develops its cars in this facility, which is located in the Martorell factory site. The Technical Center, the only one of its kind in Spain and Southern Europe, this year is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its creation. “SEAT is the largest industrial investor in R&D in Spain and having these facilities makes us fully prepared to address the challenges of the car of the future”, assured Dr. Rabe. In the last five years SEAT has invested more than 1,400 million euros in R&D.