• Aug 27th 2008 at 6:27PM
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Click the image above for more renderings of the Seat Exeo

VW subsidiary Seat is, like The Jeffersons, movin' on up, rolling out a new range of vehicles that will push it into new market segments. The image above is one of a set of the automaker's Exeo sedan given to the trademark office in Spain. According to the company, "the new name stems from the Latin word 'Exire', meaning "to go beyond", "to go further", and "The name Exeo is advanced, forceful and technological, which signals excellence and is highly suggestive of driving pleasure." Ok...

Instead of creating something completely new to chart these unknown waters, Seat has taken a previous gen Audi A4 and given it front and rear clips in the Seat style. Seat will also use the A4 Avant body to create an Exeo wagon. The newish sedan is meant to compete with the Ford Mondeo, Renault Laguna, and Alfa Romeo 159 and will be launched some time next year as a 2010 model. It is expected to retail for £15,000 to £23,000 in the U.K. and we don't yet know which powerplants it will receive.

[Source: Autocar]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmmm, if Seat make Cupra and FR Exeos, then would they be based on the RS4 and S4...... that would be excellent recycling of the B6 platform.

      Also the Exeo would definitely be the most conservative looking in the Seat line-up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's not like the platform is so ancient, that A4, although nose heavy, was still a nice car. If it's priced below the competition, or at least much cheaper than the A4, then it's a reasonable purchase.
      • 7 Years Ago
      a nice chassis with great offering of engines from 1.8 turbo to a v8.

      seat doesnt have the money to develop technology they use their parent tech in their cars, the leon cupra is almost as fast as the audi S3 and its a loooot cheaper.

      i hope in paris we get to see the real deal.

      btw i love my leon FR
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ahhh the double standard.....

      I'm sorry, but A4 or not it is a pretty lame idea. It's not like the A4 was known for being quite the exceptional vehicle (and I owned a B7). If this were any other automaker (namely Ford, GM or ChryCo) you all would be all over this quick to call domestics garbage. And to think folks complain about the C170 based US Focus being old. I doubt there were tons of changes made from B6 to B7, and that platform has been around since 01.

      And really with the Crossfire comment? Of course you don't hear complaints about them, because no one bought them.

      A spade is a spade, and badge engineering is badge engineering. Regardless of what it was previous too.
      • 7 Years Ago

      I thought there was a ton of excitement about Seat's upcoming product lines. This, not so much.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well I still don't know what to think of it.
      using an old platform doesn't sound like such a good idea
      however, for a car being priced slightly above the current Seat Cordoba, using the A4 platform will allow for it to have a high level of refinement unheard of in its class
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Germans never badge engineer ANYTHING. Hooray for taking a tired old design, and making it new again.

      What next a Citi A4?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I love it, a Citi A4.

        Bring the entire warmed over VW lineup from Brazil.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Geex - Some of these comments sure are short-sighted...

      1 - This car will never be sold in the US.
      2 - This isn't the first time VW Group has used a hand-me-down VW/Audi platform for a "new" Seat, Skoda or VW model: Skoda Superb I, VW Golf III and VI, Seat Toledo I, VW Santana/Santana Vista, Lavida, Gol, Bora & Jetta (VW Shanghai), etc.
      3 - The safety and engineering on this model is still perfectly viable - Why re-invent the horse?
      4 - This looks a heck of a lot better than the current A4 w/ the mid-cycle horse-collar after-thought grille.
      5 - If it makes money for the VW Group (and it will since there was next-to-nothing in development costs) that means more money for development of future models that could come to the US - like the Scirocco, A3/S3 3-door, and performance TDI's.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Anybody who can reinvent a horse will get no criticism from me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Toledo I was not based on the Santana. It was one of two cars (the other was the first Ibiza). Development started before Volkswagen took over SEAT but after FIAT left. The result is a body designed by SEAT but technical componets borrowed from Volkswagen.

        The other car was the Ibiza which took a FIAT platform but used a body designed by Giugiaro and engines developped by Porsche (They had large letters "System PORSCHE" on the valve cover).
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it's not very innovative...the back of the car looks like an old seat Toledo...
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Even though it is supposedly 'old', I'll take it anytime over some American crap.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Odd comment, considering your screen name.
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