Spanish carmaker SEAT, owned by the Volkswagen Group, will begin offering its vehicles in the island state soon, marking its return there after an absence of more than 10 years.

According to Singapore’s The Straits Times, Vertex Automobile has successfully obtained the SEAT franchise to distribute its vehicles there, and is expected to start doing so from July 2016. The company is also in charge of distributing Chery vehicles in Singapore. SEAT will operate out of Chery’s current showroom at 3 Ubi Road 4, with the Chinese make set to be moved to another location.

SEAT was previously represented by taxi operator Comfort Group. When the company quit the motor business in 2003, SEAT remained the only brand not picked up by another outlet. Other brands which Comfort held – Maserati, Peugeot and Perodua – found new representation.

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Singaporeans will have access to the entire line-up of SEAT models, ranging from its city cars to its hatchbacks, wagons, crossovers and MPVs. This includes the Mii, Ibiza, Ateca and the Leon.

As SEAT is a part of the Volkswagen Group, most of its models utilise the Group’s platform and powertrains. However, they feature an edgier and sportier design when compared to Volkswagen’s passenger cars. Whether this will result conflict with the more well-established Volkswagen brand in Singapore, a Vertex spokesman said, “we will have our way”.