November 27, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter
A racy red Nanjing NJ6400 Encore hatchback, Spotted in China in the Dongba area in the far eastern suburbs of Beijing. The old Encore was in a very good shape, with a smooth looking body and shiny paint, original six-spoke sporty wheels, original roof rack, the full original body kit, and the optional darkened windows.
December 14, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
Volkswagen has applied for patent on the Seat Mii for the Chinese auto market. Chinese media say the Mii will be launched next year together with the Volkswagen Up! Both cars will be made in China by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture, making the Mii the first Seat to be made locally.
November 8, 2012 by W.E. Ning
The Seat Ibiza will be launched on the Chinese car market early next year, in threefold: the 5-door, the 3-door SC and the ST station wagon. All three Ibizaaz will have their China debut on the Guangzhou Auto Show later this month. Read more »
July 8, 2012 by W.E. Ning
Another Seat that nobody wants..? Volkswagen is readying the Seat Alhambra for the Chinese car market, it will be launched later this year, likely at the Guangzhou Auto Show in November. Just like all other Seats the Alhambra will be imported, which makes it far too expensive compared to locally-made competition. One wonders, why Volkswagen bothers.
April 1, 2012 by W.E. Ning
The Seat Leon hatchback-car has been listed & priced on the Chinese car market. The Golf-based Spaniard is well-known in Europe as a low-budget sportsmachine. In China however the Leon is a high-budget sportsmachine. Price, and this ain’t no April-fools day joke, starts at 243.900 yuan and ends at 294.600 yuan. For a bloody Seat!, Volkswagen needs a marketing genius to sell this one.
March 7, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
The Seat Leon will be listed on the China car market on March 22, price will range from 250.000 to 300.000 yuan. Ridiculously expensive indeed, the Seat Leon is imported and will therefore cost more than a full-spec China-made Audi A4L. Volkswagen wants to position Seat as a ‘sporty’ brand in China and hopes buyers will therefore happily pay far too much money for a crappy Golf. Engines: 1.8T/160hp, 2.0T/211hp or 265hp. Via: Autohome.
February 17, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
The Seat Leon hatchback/cross-over/mpv/thing will be listed in China late this month. The first shipload of Leons arrived yesterday at the port of Tianjin. The Leon is indeed an import and will therefore be very expensive. Volkswagen wants Seat to be its sporty-premium brand in China so they don’t bother bringing the cheapies, only the Leon FR and Leon Cupra will be sold.
February 11, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
Another fine catch today in Beijing. This is the Nanjing NJ6400 Encore. The NJ6400 was basically a rebadged and slightly reworked Mk1 Seat Ibiza. Nanjing Yuejin Automobile bought the production line from Seat in 1997, shipped everything to China and restarted production at the Nanjing-Soyat subsidiary.
December 22, 2011 by W.E. Ning
The Seat Leon hatchback/cross-over/mpv/thing will be listed in China in February. The Leon will be imported, there are no plans yet for local production. Engines for China: 1.8 turbo and 2.0 turbo.
September 29, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter
Seat doesn’t sell many cars in Europe because nobody knows what the brand stands for. Volkswagens solution: ship ‘m to China. Everybody knows the Chinese market loves cheap sedans so one could expect Seat to bring the Exeo sedan. They don’t. Instead Seat brings two hatchbacks, the Ibiza and Leon.