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SEAT Delivers Three Electric Cars to Barcelona

July 17, 2012

MARTORELL, Spain, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

SEAT recently delivered three new electric cars to Barcelona where the vehicles will
be tested by Barcelona City Hall in its municipal car fleet for an initial six-month trial
period, during which SEAT will gather information and assess performance prior to mass
production of electric vehicles. With the hybrid and electric vehicles, SEAT is developing
two different technologies, placing the company in an optimal position to respond to
market demand.

Ramon Paredes, Executive Vice-president for Governmental and Institutional Relations
at SEAT and the Volkswagen Group in Spain, declared that “once more SEAT is showing its
links to emblematic projects such as development of the electric car for the future of the
country”. He also underscored the fact that “we are the only brand with the capacity to
think through, develop and produce an electric vehicle in Spain.”

Dr. Matthias Rabe, SEAT Executive Vice-president for R&D commented: “Delivering these
electric vehicles to institutional fleets covers a new stage in our electric motoring

“SEAT’s future is electric and we are opting for diversification of alternative
technologies so as to cater to different motoring needs.”

Within the framework of this strategy, SEAT has loaned one e-Altea XL to Endesa, and
another to the Catalan Energy Institute (ICAEN); a further two TwinDrive – one to each of
the two organisations mentioned – will be made available over the forthcoming weeks. The
company is immersed in the first stage of the introduction of an electric car and
envisages the loan of further vehicles to different governmental departments,
institutions, and private companies interested in eco-friendly fleets over the forthcoming

The Altea XL Electric Ecomotive and the Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive are two vehicles with
different but complementary technologies. The Altea XL Electric Ecomotive can be used in
wide variety of different circumstances, and for that reason is SEAT’s first all-electric
car. It has a range of 135 kilometres, a power output of 115 hp (85kW), an engine torque
of 270 Nm and a top speed of 135 kph. Of the several new features found on it, two of the
most striking are battery location under the rear seats and the boot, meaning no reduction
in passenger compartment space, and the photovoltaic panels on the roof, cutting energy
requirements for the vehicle’s air-conditioning.

The Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive couples the advantages of emission-free driving to the
range of a conventional petrol-engine car. The TwinDrive allows for all-electric or hybrid
driving, meaning no change whatsoever in driving habits or life style for customers. It
has a range of 52 kilometres in electric mode, with a top speed of 120 kph. In mixed mode
(electric and combustion) consumption is 1.7 litres, emissions are under 39 g/km, and top
speed is 170 kph.

SEAT’s commitment to sustainable motoring and environmental protection extends to
other brand vehicles already on the market. SEAT has a long track record of producing
low-emission cars – for the record, 70% of cars marketed in Spain have emissions below 130
g/km of CO2.

Additionally SEAT is involved in other projects to promote electrical motoring in
Spain. One of them – headed by SEAT – is CENIT VERDE, a public-private initiative
comprising companies from different sectors, universities and research centres, and backed
by the Spanish government. This project takes a global approach to research into the
foundations for a successful introduction of the electric car in Spain.

About SEAT:

SEAT is the only company in its sector with the capacity to design, develop,
manufacture and market cars in Spain. It offers a range of new cars [http://www.seat.co.uk
] including green cars
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used cars [http://www.seat.co.uk/content/uk/brand/en/used-cars/approved-used-cars.html ].
The company also runs the Motability
[http://www.seat.co.uk/content/uk/brand/en/motability/home.html ] scheme, a charity that
helps people with disability, their parents and carers stay mobile.

        PR Contact:
        Cristina Vall-Llosada
        SEAT, S.A.
        Strategic Communications
        Corporate Communications
        Autovia A-2, Km 585
        08760 Martorell



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