FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen Group’s Seat brand will discontinue its Altea and Altea XL compact minivans as the brand begins to add a family of SUVs to its lineup.
Production of the minivan will end as the Spanish brand prepares to launch its first SUV, also a compact model.
"Starting from 2016, we will offer a compact SUV as an attractive alternative,” a Seat spokeswoman told Automotive News Europe.
Seat sold 10,544 Alteas in Europe in the first six months, a rise of 9.6 percent, according to JATO Dynamics market researcher. By comparison, the Renault Scenic/Grand Scenic, the segment leader, sold 62,508 in the same period.
Seat plans a family of different sized SUVs to profit from the popularity of such models, which earn higher margins than hatchbacks.
The brand's compact SUV that will go on sale next year will be based on VW Group’s MQB architecture that will also underpin the new-generation VW Tiguan. The Seat SUV will be built by sister brand Skoda in Kvasiny, Czech Republic, alongside a Skoda sibling.