27.7.2012 SEAT announces record Ecomotive sales
SEAT's environmentally friendly car sales have been at an all time high so far this year – with their Ecomotive models making up a record 41% of all SEATs sold in 2012.
SEAT has also announced the addition of the new Exeo Ecomotive, to join their model line-up later this month. With green car sale volumes already 1.2% greater than last year, SEAT expect the Exeo to further boost interest in their Ecomotive range.
The Exeo Ecomotive is available to order now, and is powered by a 2.0-litre TDI common rail diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and in two states of tune: 120 PS and 143 PS. Despite the power difference, both emit just 117 g/km of CO2 and return 62.8 mpg on the combined cycle.
The addition of start-stop engine technology, an Energy Recovery system, Goodyear low rolling resistance tyres and lowered suspension help make the Ecomotive the cleanest, most fuel efficient Exeo ever. Not only does that save drivers money at the pumps, it also places the car into VED Tax Band C for the first time – bringing the annual tax bill down from £100 per year to £30 – and reduces its BIK rate to 17%.
The greater efficiency and lower emissions have not been achieved at the detriment of equipment either – the 143 PS Ecomotive is available with the full range of Exeo trim levels, comprising S, SE, SE Tech, Sport, and Sport Tech.
The 120 PS Exeo Ecomotive S has become the most cost effective model in the range, with a starting price of £20,040 OTR. Yet with standard kit including 16-inch alloy wheels, dual zone climate control, cruise control, voice-activated Bluetooth and a multi-function steering wheel, you still get a lot for your money with the basic model.
However, SE and Sport versions offer more equipment. SE spec includes rain sensing wipers, automatic headlights, rear parking sensors and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Sport adds front sports seats, bi-xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, tinted rear windows and gloss black dashboard inserts. All Ecomotive cars come with 16-inch alloy wheels, irrespective of trim level – other extras are available with the optional Tech pack
"We're really excited about the arrival of the Exeo Ecomotive in the UK," said SEAT Product Manager James Buckell. "The day-to-day financial benefits are obvious in terms of improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions, leading to cheaper annual VED, but it also means that the Exeo becomes an even stronger proposition for fleet and business users, by lowering its BIK rating significantly.
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