In December of the year 2008, the Spanish automobile manufacturer and subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, SEAT S.A. created a compact executive car that was called the SEAT Exeo. This was first give the codename Bolero, and the name Leon was derived from the Latin word exire which means to go beyond.
The Exeo is assembled in Martorell, Spain and is created as a successor of the SEAT 132, which is a large family car. This compact executive car was displayed at the Paris Motor Show in 2008, and it was originally destined to be a five door estate. However, in 2009, this was given a four door saloon and a five door estate body style, and it has a front engine, front wheel drive layout. It is given a Volkswagen Group B7 platform, and this is considered to be part of the D-segment models in the European market.
The SEAT Exeo is said to be a badge engineered version of the Audi A4 B7 generation, with a few external changes. The car was first sold in Western Europe early in 2009, and it has been available with three trim levels including Reference, Stylance, and Sport. The Exeo is recognized to be the Company Car of 2009 in Germany, Car of the Year 2010 in Finland, and Golden Steering Wheel award in 2009.