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Christopher Bruce2012-10-26 13:50:29

Seat Invests €800 Million in Upgrades to Build Leon

The investment guarantees jobs at the factory

SeatSeatSeatSpain, 1950 > present29 models
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has invested €800 million in its Martorell, Spain, factory to begin building the new LeonSeat Leon Gen.3Seat Seat Leon Gen.3Spain, 2012 > present168 versions
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. Production of the five-door version has already begun and sales will start in November. Spaniards will have to wait until early 2013 to buy the car. The three-door and estate will come later in 2013, and both will be built at the Martorell factory. 

The new Leon is build on Volkswagen's Modular Transverse Matrix chassis that is also used on the Golf VIIVolkswagen Golf Gen.7 [VII]Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf Gen.7 [VII]Germany, 2012 > present446 versions
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and Audi A3A3 Gen.3 [Typ 8V]Audi A3 Gen.3 [Typ 8V]Germany, 2012 > present329 versions
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. The next Seat AlteaAlteaSeat AlteaSpain, 2003 > present139 versions
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also uses the new platform. 

The new Leon is meant to show the future for Seat design. It is 90kg lighter and and 52mm shorter than the previous Leon. It will be offered with six petrol and four diesel engines and options with stop/start. 

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