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News and Events

News & Events


Welcome to the News portion of the Motorvogue website. Below you’ll find posts and updates on all the latest developments from within the company, information about events we’re attending, and anything else we think you may need to know! Check back regularly, and let us know if there’s anything else you’d like to see appear on this page!

27th September 2019

SEAT scoops three awards at CarGurus UK Best Used Car Awards

SEAT has scooped three accolades in CarGurus UK Best Used Car Awards for 2019. The Ateca won the prestigious best overall used car award and was voted first place in the crossover category, while the SEAT Leon was awarded the best Small Family Car. Richard Harrison, Director of SEAT UK, says: “We are thrilled that the SEAT Ateca has been recognised by CarGurus. The Ateca has spearheaded significant growth for SEAT in the UK since its launch in 2016. We know that our models are already highly recommended as new purchases, so it’s great to see the SEAT Ateca performing just as strongly as a used buy too.”   The judging panel praised the Ateca for its practicality and low running costs. It was also highly commended by judges for giving a more enjoyable driving experience compared to its rival models. The CarGurus UK Best Used Car Awards recognise the best buys in the used car market across 13 categories including city cars, superminis, small family cars, crossovers, SUVs, performance cars and more. View our latest SEAT offers here.

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15th July 2019

SEAT TARRACO WINS BEST LARGE SUV AT AUTO EXPRESS AWARDS 2019

SEAT Tarraco beats tough competition to win Best Large SUV just three months after launching in UK, at the Auto Express Awards. The Tarraco – an all-new model for the SEAT brand – was praised by the weekly publication’s panel of judges for its versatility, boot space and reasonable price tag. Of the decision to award the Tarraco Best Large SUV, Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief at Auto Express, said: “The Tarraco is the first large, seven-seat SUV from SEAT, and it’s a remarkable first effort. It features a high-quality, upmarket interior that’s also versatile and practical. The cabin is neatly designed and easy to live with, while the long list of equipment includes an excellent infotainment system that responds quickly and has solid smartphone connectivity. The huge 700-litre boot that you get when you fold the third row down into the floor is very useful, and the load bay is nice and flat, boosting versatility. The Tarraco is also smooth on long runs and fun on twisting roads, while it packs a versatile range of engines, making it a well-priced do-it-all SUV.” Richard Harrison, Managing Director, SEAT UK, said: “We’ve already had great feedback from customers since Tarraco launched in the UK just a few months ago, with early sales contributing to SEAT UK’s record-breaking first half year of sales. A fitting flagship to the SEAT range, Tarraco comes standard with seven seats, economical powertrains, a fresh new-look design as well as a top quality interior, and the easymove range line-up includes everything you could need as standard, including metallic paint within the price, making it great value for money. We are delighted and honoured that the experts at Auto Express have named Tarraco as the best large SUV you can buy today, making it the perfect car to complete our multi-award winning SUV line-up.” SEAT’s biggest product offensive reached its climax with the introduction of the brand’s new flagship model, the Tarraco. The new SUV blends the key attributes of every vehicle in the SEAT range – design and functionality, sportiness and comfort, technology and emotion – but in a form that suits a wider variety of lifestyles. Tarraco is available with four trim levels: SE, SE Technology, XCELLENCE and XCELLENCE LUX. FR and FR Sport will be added at a later date. There is a choice of five powertrains: two petrol – 1.5 TSI 150PS in manual and 2.0 TSI 190PS in DSG with 4Drive – and three diesel – 2.0 TDI 150PS available in manual and DSG with 4Drive, and a 2.0 TDI 190PS in DSG with 4Drive only. The seven-seater has respectable boot capacities of 230-litres (2nd and 3rd row upright), 700-litres (with third row folded and 2nd row upright) and 1,775-litres (with 2nd and 3rd rows folded. Find out more about the Tarraco and Test Drive at our Motorvogue SEAT Showrooms in Bedford and Northampton.    

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7th June 2019

A great weekend at the Motorvogue sponsored Bedford Festival of Motoring and Kite Festival.

Motorvogue were delighted to be the main sponsor of the first Bedford Festival of Motoring which took place last weekend (June 1st & 2nd) along the beautiful Embankment, alongside the Bedford International Kite Festival being held in Russell Park. The event was organised by Bedford Borough Council and was the first festival in the town to embrace all things motoring in the UK, with special displays of vehicles, ultra-modern, luxurious and bizarre, iconic and soon forgotten, motor sport in all their guises, motorcycles and bicycles and commercial, agricultural and military and claasic cars. As the main sponsor for the event, Motorvogue exhibited models from our extensive range available at Interchange Retail Park location, including Fiat, Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Hyundai, SEAT and Renault, plus Dacia and Citroen who are located just outside of Bedford in Clapham.  The weather was very kind to us, with the sun shining for most of the weekend.  We were busy throughout the weekend with people interested in looking at our models and finding out more about them. Fortunately there was enough wind for the stunning kites to fly, and the weekend was a great success all round. With many other attractions including a funfair, trade stands, craft marquees and music.

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28th May 2019

Bedford Festival of Motoring

Bedford Festival of Motoring and Kite Festival 1st & 2nd June. Motorvogue are delighted to support the first Bedford Festival of Motoring which takes place this weekend along the beautiful Embankment, alongside the Bedford International Kite Festival being held in Russell Park. The event organised by Bedford Borough Council will be the first festival in the town to embrace all things motoring in the UK, with special displays of vehicles, ultra-modern, luxurious and bizarre, iconic and soon forgotten, motor sport in all their guises, motorcycles and bicycles and commercial, agricultural and military and claasic cars. As the main sponsor for the event, Motorvogue and will be exhibiting models from the extensive range available at Interchange Retail Park location, including Fiat, Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Hyundai, SEAT and Renault, plus Dacia and Citroen who are located just outside of Bedford in Clapham.  Offering the most diverse selection of new and used, cars and vans, within Bedfordshire, and we will be available to offer advice to visitors on choosing their ideal next vehicle as well as specialist knowledge on electric vehicles, the motability scheme and commercial vehicles for business use.    Something for Everyone. These two Festivals each celebrate a unique passion, and will come together to enhance the existing tradition of the International Kite Festival in Bedford. The weekend will feature kite-flying displays with kites never seen before in the UK, family entertainment and attractions, a variety of trade including the popular craft marquee, and the opportunity to get up close to an impressive range of iconic cars and motorcycles. Another new element for this year’s Kite Festival will be a Saturday evening ‘chill-out’ music set, hosted by the team behind the dance stage at 2018 River Festival. Visitors can enjoy the spectacle of night kite-flying to the sounds of ambient dance music, a unique way to spend a summer’s evening. All Events are FREE to attend on the Saturday and Sunday, and start from 11am. Visit Motorvogue at the festival to explore the latest models and offers available on the cars and vans from our inclusive collection.

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21st May 2019

Three awards in three weeks for SEAT

SEAT scooped a hat-trick of awards – one at each of the three consumer-focused award ceremonies in May. The Arona, Ateca and Leon were recognised for their economy, space and ease of driving style.    SEAT Arona The Arona was crowned Best Compact SUV in Diesel Car and Eco Car magazine’s Top 50 Awards last week. With each key area of every vehicle having been carefully reviewed and benchmarked against the class best in the last 12 months, the Arona beat the very best of the competition. The Ateca also came in sixth place. SEAT Ateca At Auto Trader’s New Car Awards on Thursday 9 May, the Ateca won the Best Car for Families category. The Ateca was praised for its space to fit in everything a family needs, ergonomics and ease of driving in all environments. The winners are decided by over 63,000 real car owners and represent the consumer champions of the new car market.   Leon ST The Leon ST was named Best Estate Car at the Honest John Awards, which took place on Thursday 3 May. The overall winner is the car that has proved to be the most popular with the site’s users over the past 12 months and the Leon ST received the accolade thanks to its spacious interior and capacious boot size. The HonestJohn.co.uk awards differ from many others in the industry as it is the site’s readers that dictate the models that take the honours.

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22nd March 2019

UK ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF ITS FASTEST-EVER SEAT WITH LIMITED EDITION 370PS LEON CUPRA R ST

SEAT UK has announced the fastest-ever CUPRA with the launch of the special edition Leon CUPRA R ST, which can be specced to produce an exceptional 370PS output. Only 150 of the hot Leon CUPRA R ST special editions will be available in the UK market, with ordering opening on 9 April. The 2.0 TSI 300PS will have an on-the-road price of £37,975 – but for just £500 customers can upgrade to 370PS with the addition of an ABT tuning pack. Insurance rated and with no impact on the homologation status of the car, it will reduce the 0-62mph figure to 4.5 seconds. With high specification as standard, the special edition comes with quad exhaust, Brembo brakes, bucket seats and KESSY. Copper accents and carbon fibre detailing add to the premium external appeal, and upgraded models will feature ABT detailing on the rear badge. A panoramic sunroof can be added to the specification for £800. Exceptional styling and performanceThe Leon CUPRA R ST brings uniqueness, sophistication and performance to the market, mixing the qualities expected of a Leon with the high-performance attributes of the CUPRA brand. This model is set to stand out from the crowd, bringing together the high performance of its 300PS/400Nm 2.0 litre TSI engine and the dynamic traction from its 4Drive system. The Leon CUPRA R ST perfectly balances dynamism, comfort, and versatility in a body-style that adds practicality to the mix. Its highly tuned turbocharged, direct-injection petrol engine linked to a seven-speed DSG transmission means the Leon CUPRA R ST 300PS can hit 62 mph (100km/h) in just 4.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 155mph (250km/h). The performance is accessible and manageable thanks to the vehicle’s advanced 4Drive drive system, with an accomplished ride quality due to the specific CUPRA dynamic chassis setup. In order to improve cornering speed and handling performance, new uprights have been added to the front axle that modifies the negative camber (2º); the rear negative camber is also at 2º. The performance is matched by the distinctive CUPRA sound from the quad exhaust pipes at the rear of the vehicle giving drivers a sound as well as a visceral experience from behind the steering wheel. Even at first glance the Leon CUPRA R ST distinguishes itself from the competition with a compelling exterior design. The newly developed lateral air intakes with copper colour treatment give a subtle indication of the vehicle’s heritage. Add to this the extensive use of carbon fibre to maximise the Leon CUPRA R ST’s performance and aesthetics – the front splitter, the new rear spoiler, the side skirts and the rear diffuser all benefit from the material – and the car’s confidence becomes increasingly apparent. The Leon CUPRA R ST’s striking exterior appearance is amplified by an arresting choice of colours: Magnetic Tech, Midnight Black, Nevada White or Blackness Grey – an exclusive exterior colour for the vehicle. Copper logos and badges also emphasise the Leon CUPRA R ST’s credentials, with the same tone used on its exclusive 19” alloy rims with copper hub caps which frame the front Brembo brakes – another hint to its overall performance. “The Leon CUPRA R ST represents our ability to make unique, exciting cars with the most advanced technology ready for the most demanding and diverse of drivers. It’s the amalgamation of the brand’s experience in motor racing and the ability of our design and engineering teams to seamlessly mix performance and functionality,” said Antonino Labate, director of Strategy, Business Development and Operations of CUPRA. Inside, illuminated aluminium plaques welcome the driver and passenger. The interior lining of the doors is finished in fabric with carbon fibre look. Copper accents continue inside on the climate control vents, the central console, on the logo on the steering wheel and on the stitching of the bucket seats and steering wheel. Both the steering wheel and gear knob are upholstered in Alcantara® to provide a plush, tactile finish. Both driver and front passenger are cocooned in sports bucket seats that provide the maximum amount of comfort on longer journeys and keep you secure when the driving style becomes more enthusiastic. Behind the steering wheel, after pressing the start button, the welcome splash screen shows an exclusive CUPRA R ST display on the central console’s 8” colour screen. And once in motion the driver is given all the information and driving data they need from the pixel-dense Digital Cockpit, meaning they can remain focused on the art of driving with minimal distraction. While the Leon CUPRA R ST is designed as a high-performance vehicle it also supplies the necessary levels of comfort and convenience that modern life necessitates: keyless entry and front and rear view cameras are included as standard. In a world that requires us to remain connected, the Leon CUPRA R ST integrates the latest connectivity suite meaning drivers can link their mobile devices to the car and benefit from selected apps and increased functionality. Register your interest here

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1st March 2019

World premiere of SEAT el-Born

SEAT el-Born will make its first appearance in front of the world’s media at the Volkswagen Group night on Monday 4 March, before its public debut at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show.   “Mobility is evolving and with it, the cars we drive. SEAT is at the forefront of this change, and the el-Born concept embodies the technologies and design philosophy that will help us meet the challenges we face in the future,” said Luca de Meo, President of SEAT. SEAT el-Born is the first 100 per cent electric vehicle based on the Volkswagen Group MEB platform. The vehicle is designed and developed in Barcelona and will be manufactured at the Zwickau plant in Germany; SEAT will be the second brand to introduce an all-electric vehicle based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform. The car is expected to hit markets by 2020. Designed to drive The SEAT el-Born is designed to drive. Its dynamic proportions are enabled by its electric powertrain, pushing the wheels to the four corners of the vehicle and allowing a more vibrant and energetic stance compared to traditionally powered cars. “el-Born is the ultimate translation of our emotional SEAT design language into the new world of electrical vehicles. Our design team has taken very seriously the challenge of making our first full electric vehicle attractive. I believe that driving electric cars has to be thrilling, has to be fun. We have to make customers fall in love with the idea of the electric car,” said Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, Director of Design at SEAT. It embodies the future of vehicle design in a modern and integrated way, emphasised most acutely at the front of the vehicle. Aerodynamics are key to maximising the vehicle’s range, to this end the SEAT logo on the front is flush to the body, where there is no need to take in air to cool the engine so no demand for a grille. Cooling vents are placed lower down the vehicle’s front, providing air to the battery pack and so streamlining air flow over the front of the vehicle. As the eye moves over the SEAT el-Born, the position of the A-pillar has noticeably moved further forward, creating a sleeker look, and internally, more room in the cabin. This is facilitated by the electric powertrain requiring less room. Improved aerodynamics play an enormous role along the side of the vehicle, with an air curtain incorporated into the design, an elegant yet practical answer to the conundrum of balancing performance with aesthetic appeal. This is perhaps highlighted in no better way than at the wheels. With 20” wheels, the need to maximise performance was crucial. The turbine design creates a positive flow of air that not only improves aerodynamics but also ventilates the brakes to maintain dynamism. The wheels provide the perfect balance between aerodynamics, heat evacuation and lightness. At the rear of the vehicle a double layer spoiler contributes to the aerodynamic performance of the SEAT el-Born too, making sure that air flow remains smooth and turbulence is minimised. It also provides an awareness of the vehicle’s dynamic and performance virtues. Inside, space is maximised thanks to the all-electric powertrain, giving the opportunity to offer a completely new experience. The sculpted cabin gives a feeling of lightness and floatability, but also technological advancement, with the integration of the digital cockpit, a 10” infotainment and connectivity screen perched in the centre of the dashboard. Once inside, the immediate focus is on the driver, with all the lines in the dashboard pointing towards whoever is behind the steering wheel. Space is no longer a premium inside the cabin, with all occupants enjoying more room to relax into their cocooning seats, thanks to the increased internal proportions, but the space is also used to maximise practicality and functionality. There is also greater storage space too; the ability to stow a bag between the two front seats is a simple and effective example of this maximised capacity. Powered to perform SEAT el-Born is a true game changer in the market with performance that matches the customers desire and the necessity of real world driving, unlike any vehicle has before now. With a power output of up to 150kW (204PS) the vehicle can reach 100km/h in as little as 7.5 seconds – enough to meet the demands of any driving scenario. But that is only half the story. Electric vehicles aren’t solely judged on their performance, but also their ability to travel further on a single charge of their batteries and minimise the time taken to recharge once the stored energy has been depleted. A metric that the el-Born excels in. With a real world range of up to 420km based on the WLTP drive cycle from its 62kWh energy dense battery pack respectively, the vehicle is ready to travel wherever the customer needs to. And with compatibility with up to 100kW DC supercharging, the battery can be returned from 0 to 80% in as little as 47 minutes. The vehicle also integrates an advanced thermal management system to maximise vehicle range in the most extreme of environmental conditions. The vehicle’s heat pump can reduce the electrical heating consumption, saving up to 60km in autonomy – useful in countries where temperatures can drop and occupants need to use climate control systems. Technology that delivers As our roads become increasingly congested, cars need to take some of the strain from the occupants. SEAT el-Born does just this, integrating the latest developments in autonomous functionality and connectivity to relieve some of the pressure of modern life. The SEAT el-Born benefits from autonomous level two systems, giving partial automation to the vehicle so it can control steering, acceleration and deceleration events. Add to this amongst other Intelligent Park Assist and the SEAT el-Born is a concept car that encapsulates the future of driving.

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