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SEAT will present a small car designed for urban environments before the end of the year

The car is inspired by the car ‘Up!’ that Volkswagen presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Car manufacturer SEAT is based in Greater Barcelona, which is the main automobile cluster in Spain.


16 September 2011 10:41 PM



Barcelona (ACN).- Car manufacturer SEAT, which has its factory and headquarters in Greater Barcelona, is to present later this year a small car inspired by the Volkswagen vehicle 'Up!'. It will be a car specially designed for urban environments with a minimum area of 3.54 x 1.64 m whilst still being spacious. Volkswagen\u2019s 'Up!' was already seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the largest European automobile trade fair which started last Tuesday. The commercial Vice President of Seat, Paul Sevin, publicly announced that the new vehicle will replace the old Seat Arosa and will be presented at the end of 2011.

SEAT has been inspired by the 'Up!' Volkswagen car, which will be marketed in Europe from December although advanced sales in Germany are available from September 13th. This vehicle debuts a new generation of petrol engines with three cylinders, limiting CO2 emissions to under 100 g/km. In addition, next year it will add a natural gas engine that will emit 79 grams of CO2 per kilometre thus starting "a new power era in 2013", as Volkwagen representatives stated during the model\u2019s presentation in the Frankfurt Motor Show.

For its part, Spanish car manufacturer SEAT unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show a new car, 'IBL Seat', a sports car that "shows the evolution of the DNA of the Seat design through dynamic and forceful images" with an interior design that is "innovative, high quality and with precision finishing." SEAT announced the new 'concept car' on Tuesday at the world premiere of the Frankfurt Motor Show. This new model of vehicle confirmed, as the President of SEAT, James Muir highlighted, that "sports sedans play an important role in Seat." In this sense, he announced that in the coming years Seat is to carry out \u201Ca broad offensive presenting new models reflecting the spirit of the IBL."

As with IBL, SEAT complete a series of 'concept cars' that reflect the line that the Spanish car manufacturer, which is based in Greater Barcelona, will work with for the future development of the brand. The IBL reinterprets the concept of a sports sedan because it has smaller proportions, with a wheelbase of 2.71 meters, a total length of 4.67 meters and a width of 1.85 meters. As a representative of the evolution of the new line of design, IBL shows that the new aesthetic "harmonizes perfectly with the concept of a high standard car" because "it combines the elegance, space and usefulness of classic sedan with the classic design of a powerful dynamic sports coupe."

According to Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, the new director of design at SEAT, the IBL is "is a product with the exceptional DNA design that will determine the next generation of automobiles\u201D of the Spanish car brand.


  • The new Volkswagen 'Up', which has inspired a new model by SEAT (by Volkswagen)

  • The new Volkswagen 'Up', which has inspired a new model by SEAT (by Volkswagen)