Seat unveils the three-door Ibiza
By Yoann Besnard on 5 June 2008 | (1) Comments | Permalink
Probably under pressure after an unofficial picture of the three-door Ibiza has emerged on the internet, Seat took the wraps off the Ibiza SportsCoupé.
Future Seat Ibiza three-door unveiled?
By Yoann Besnard on 30 May 2008 | (0) Comments | Permalink
After the disappointing five-door Ibiza, one did wonder how the expected three-door variant would look like. Thanks to a Seat employee, we have our answer.
Video: Seat Ibiza
By Yoann Besnard on 17 May 2008 | (0) Comments | Permalink
Here is a video of the new Ibiza driven by Autopista testers. The video is in Spanish, but forget the speech whose information was previously reported on Petrol-Head. What’s interesting about this video is the possibility to see the new Ibiza in movement.
Future Ibiza Cupra to be based on the Bocanegra
By Yoann Besnard on 8 May 2008 | (0) Comments | Permalink
Initially unveiled as a preview of the new Ibiza, the Bocanegra was so praised by the press and the public that Seat will use it as a basis for the upcoming Cupra version.
Seat unveils the new Ibiza
By Yoann Besnard on 3 April 2008 | (0) Comments | Permalink
Seat has taken the wraps off the next-generation Ibiza by unveiling official pictures of the small car expected to be officially launched at the Madrid Motor Show in May.
Profits for Seat in 2007
By Yoann Besnard on 28 March 2008 | (0) Comments | Permalink
Seat has recorded a profit after tax of £135 million/€170 million which marks the achievement of the planned financial turnaround one year ahead of schedule.
Seat to build the Cordoba in Mexico
By Yoann Besnard on 21 March 2008 | (0) Comments | Permalink
Seat executives have selected Mexico to build the Cordoba model intended to be sold in South America.
Seat fits the 1.4 TSI engine on the Leon
By Yoann Besnard on 19 March 2008 | (0) Comments | Permalink
Seat is adding a new engine to the Leon lineup, a 1.4-litre TSI petrol unit that delivers 123bhp.
Seat to unveil a surprise at Geneva
By Yoann Besnard on 3 March 2008 | (0) Comments | Permalink
According to insiders, Seat will unveil a surprise at the Geneva Motor Show under the form of a concept car that previews the eagerly-awaited next-generation Ibiza model.
Seat unveils a body kit for the Leon Cupra
By Yoann Besnard on 28 February 2008 | (0) Comments | Permalink
The Spanish carmaker has unveiled a body kit called K¹ to make the Cupra wilder than ever!
Seat has revealed its future plans to its car dealers
By Yoann Besnard on 11 December 2007 | (0) Comments | Permalink
Seat will unveil the next-generation Ibiza at the next Geneva Motor Show next March. The small car is part of an attempt by Seat to spearhead a new sportier design due to appear on all future models. Representing roughly 40% of Seat's total volume, the Ibiza is critical to company's ambition to sell more cars annually.
Martin Winterkorn plans to stay CEO until 2018
By Yoann Besnard on 11 December 2007 | (0) Comments | Permalink
In a recent interview Volkswagen group CEO Martin Winterkorn said that he planned to stay until the 2018 goal has been reached. In other words, he will leave his position only if Volkswagen catches up with Toyota or if the board fires him. He also said that he wants VW in 2010 to be where Toyota is today. It means that the group will have to sell 3.3 million more cars by 2010. Quite a challenge for the group!
See also : Audi | Industry News | Seat | Skoda | VW
6 millionth car for Seat Martorell
By Yoann Besnard on 4 December 2007 | (0) Comments | Permalink
Open in 1993, the Martorell Seat factory, located in Spain, produced 6 million vehicles. The car is an Ibiza Ecomotive which features the 79bhp 1.4-litre TDI engine.
VW Group to develop four new platforms
By Yoann Besnard on 27 November 2007 | (0) Comments | Permalink
In an interview given to Automotive News Europe, VW brand board member for development, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg revealed that Volkswagen group will release four new platforms in the coming years in order to achieve the 2018 target. With those new platforms, the German carmaker expects to reduce its cost by 40% thanks to components shared between the platforms and development times by one year.
The most important platform will be the MQB which will underpin up to 6 million vehicles every year. The platform will be flexible enough to equip a large range of vehicles from small cars to upper-premium models. According to some insiders, the MQB platform will be used as in many as 20 different models.
See also : Audi | Bentley | Industry News | Lamborghini | Seat | Skoda | VW
2009 Seat saloon
By Yoann Besnard on 24 July 2007 | (0) Comments | Permalink
Seat CEO Eric Schmitt announced in May that the Spanish carmaker will launch two news cars in 2009, both set to compete on the mid-sized saloon market segment. At the same time, one sketch of each of the future cars was released. Yesterday, a further rendition of the future sedan was released on the internet.
New Seat León is a lot more than a flattened Altea
By Stéphane Schlesinger on 29 June 2005 | (0) Comments | Permalink
At the last Geneva Motorshow, Seat had shown a prototype of the new León, now here it is in flesh, sporty, dynamic and almost identical. It strongly recalls the Altea, but offers a more slender silhouette. With its hidden rear door handles, the new León looks like a 5-door coupe, in the manner of the… Alfa 147! Actually, it’s not by chance, for both were drawn by Walter De Silva.
Technically speaking, the new León is very similar to the Golf V, just like the previous León was based on the Golf IV. We find the same engines and floorpan, but the Seat has a different suspension tune up, for it’s supposed to be sportier. More charismatic than its predecessor, the new León is bigger too, now 4315mm long and 1768mm wide. As a consequence, accommodation has been improved.
The client can choose between 3 petrol engines (102bhp 1.6, 150bhp 2.0 FSI and 185bhp T-FSI) and 2 diesel engines (105bhp 1.9 TDI and 140bhp 2.0 TDI). Top units are coupled with a 6-speed gearbox, while the DSG is available on the 2.0 TDI only. The 2.0 T-FSI can reach 137mph and sprint from a standstill to 62mph in 7.8 seconds. Too bad this unit does not deliver 200bhp like on the Golf GTI. We can expect more powerful engines to be released. There’s a choice of 4 trims, Reference, Sport, Stylance and Sport-up. ABS, air-conditioning, 6 airbags and CD player are standard on all models, while the dual-zone climate control or ESP require no extra pound from the Stylance trim only.
Prices will be inferior to those of the Golf: a stylish competitor for the Vauxhall Astra, Renault Mégane, Ford Focus, Peugeot 307 or Citroën C4.