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Cupra Is Now A Standalone Brand, With Hot Seat Spin-Offs On The Way

Seat has announced that Cupra is officially now its own company within the Volkswagen Group, with more freedom to build hot versions of Seat's latest and greatest

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Cupra Is Now A Standalone Brand, With Hot Seat Spin-Offs On The Way - Euro

Cupra has ‘done a Polestar’ and been confirmed as a new, standalone brand alongside Seat, producing hotter, more aggressive products based on Seat’s range.

It’s set to launch a series of new models at the Geneva Motor Show next month, and none of them will have any Seat branding on the bodywork. Instead they’ll feature this new, copper-coloured logo. The media will get to see the new cars before the end of February.

The earlier version of the badge, as filed to the patent office
The earlier version of the badge, as filed to the patent office

Among the new models will be an Ateca small SUV, says Autocar, which is all the info you need in order to confirm that Cupra will not just be about chasing Nurburgring records; it’s chiefly about profits.

Seat believes that the brand will capture younger buyers’ imaginations and mean they don’t have to choose between the car their lifestyle dictates and the one their heart wants. Or something like that. As we guessed last year, Seat Sport will be given a long leash to adapt and improve Cupra cars to their hearts’ content.

Cupra Is Now A Standalone Brand, With Hot Seat Spin-Offs On The Way - Euro

In a very brief press release, Seat said:

“Cupra has always been the sportiest expression of Seat. Now the time has come for it to gain its own soul, its own DNA, its own identity by becoming a new entity. All new Cupra vehicles will feature the new Cupra logo.”