SEAT is a Spanish vehicle manufacturer headquartered in Martorell. It was found on May 9, 1950, by the Instituto Nacional de Industria (INI), a state-owned industrial enterprise.
SEAT automobile, like Porsche and Audi, is a completely owned part of the German Volkswagen Group. SEAT is touted as a sporty vehicle manufacturer. SEAT was established and even gave birth to new subsidiary firms as a result of public demand throughout its golden years.
The following is a list of all SEAT vehicles and models that have been released thus far. This list of SEAT vehicle models contains photographs, release dates, and body styles for each vehicle.
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The business has had its share of successes and failures, but it has produced some outstanding automobiles. This list includes everything from the SEAT Ibiza to the SEAT León.
Since 1984, the SEAT Ibiza has been a supermini automobile produced by the Spanish carmaker SEAT. It is SEAT’s most popular vehicle. The Ibiza is named after the Spanish island of Ibiza, and it was the second supermini automobile to be named after a Spanish city, following the SEAT Ronda.
It was the first automobile produced by SEAT as an independent business, albeit it was conceived in partnership with well-known manufacturers like as Italdesign, Karmann, and Porsche at the 1984 Paris Motor Show.
SEAT became a subsidiary of the German automotive conglomerate Volkswagen Group with the second generation, and all subsequent Ibiza versions, as well as the remainder of the SEAT model line, were developed on Volkswagen Group platforms, components, and technology.
The Ibiza has gone through four generations, twice debuting a new Volkswagen Group platform. They were all the best-selling models in the SEAT lineup. The Nanjing Automobile Group continues to produce a rebadged refurbished version of the first generation Ibiza under license in China.
The SEAT Exeo was a tiny executive automobile and the company’s flagship model, produced by SEAT, a Volkswagen Group affiliate. The name Exeo comes from the Latin word exire, which means “to go beyond,” and breaks SEAT’s recent trend of naming its automobiles after Spanish locations.
It was formerly codenamed Bolero and internally designated Typ 3R. Only the four-door saloon and five-door estate models were offered. The Exeo was discontinued in 2013, and was replaced by the SEAT Toledo for saloons and the SEAT León ST for estates.
The SEAT Ronda was a compact family automobile designed by Rayton Fissore in association with the Technical Centre in Martorell and built by the Spanish carmaker SEAT from 1982 to 1986. The SEAT Málaga hatchback was also briefly marketed in the UK as the Ronda. In all, 177,869 Rondas were manufactured. The SEAT Ronda was a restyled SEAT Ritmo that was based on the Fiat Ritmo.
However, in 1983, the Paris Arbitration Chamber decided that the variations between the two automobiles were significant enough that the Ronda could not be considered a rebadged Ritmo. The most noticeable external design differences between a Ritmo and a Ronda are the Ronda’s rectangular headlights in place of the Ritmo’s spherical ones, different tail lights and panels, and different door handles.
There were also some minor mechanical variations, owing to the usage of Spanish-built engines and other components. The Ronda had a 370-litre trunk that could be expanded to 1,250-litres by folding the rear seats. It debuted with domestically made 124 series or bigger dual cam 1.6 engines, as well as a 1.7 liter diesel engine.
The SEAT Tribu is a tiny crossover SUV that is expected to be produced by SEAT, S.A. in Spain.
The SEAT 1400 was a rear-wheel-drive four-door sedan mid-size automobile made by SEAT between 1953 and 1963. It was SEAT’s debut model and the first car to be constructed in the company’s new facility in Barcelona’s Zona Franca zone. The vehicle in question was a rebadged Fiat 1400, Fiat’s first integrated chassis model.
Production began on November 13, 1953, with an initial staff of 925 personnel capable of producing 5 units per day, and the first SEAT 1400 automobile rolled off the assembly line with the license plate ‘B-87.223.’
Initially, components were shipped as CKD kits from Italy and assembled by SEAT at their plant in Zona Franca, but by 1954, the percentage of Spanish-made parts had risen to 93 percent of the total, limiting imports and assisting the development of the almost non-existent Spanish supplier industry, thus fulfilling SEAT’s assigned key role in the development of the Spanish economy as the post-World War II Spain’s national car maker.
The SEAT Córdoba was the saloon, estate, and coupé variant of the Spanish carmaker SEAT’s Ibiza supermini automobile. It was produced between 1993 and 2009 and was associated with the Ibiza’s second and third generations.
The SEAT León is a compact family hatchback that has been produced by SEAT since October 1998. The first two generations of the León shared numerous components with other Volkswagen Group automobiles and used two different types of the Volkswagen Group A chassis. The MQB platform, which is also used by the Audi A3 Mk3, Volkswagen Golf Mk7, and koda Octavia Mk3, is utilized in the third generation.
The SEAT Fórmula is a rear-wheel-drive mid-engined roadster concept car designed by the Spanish automaker SEAT with a limited production run in mind. It was designed by a team led by Erwin Leo Himmel at the Volkswagen Group’s Design Center Europe in Sitges, near Barcelona, a facility jointly owned by Volkswagen, Audi, and SEAT, and included Lotus Elise designer Julian Thomson, revealing the design language of the brand’s future products.
The term Fórmula is derived from the brand’s historical legacy, and refers to the development of the Spanish Fórmula Nacional racing courses in the 1960s, when SEAT first became involved in motorsport.
The earliest idea for the Stola automobile was displayed at the 1999 Geneva Salon international de l’auto, and included a water-cooled 2-litre 20-valve turbo four-cylinder 240 horsepower engine mounted on an aluminum chassis weighing over 900 kg.
The SEAT Málaga is a four-door saloon manufactured by the Spanish carmaker SEAT between 1985 and 1992, and named after the city of Málaga in Andalusia, southern Spain. Although the underpinnings of the Málaga and the Ibiza Mk1 were both based on those of the SEAT Ronda, a restyled version of the SEAT Ritmo, which in turn was a rebadged version of the Fiat Ritmo, it might be regarded a saloon form of the SEAT Ibiza.
The Málaga was most similar to the Fiat Regata saloon version of the Fiat Ritmo hatchback in this regard. The SEAT Málaga and Fiat Regata, on the other hand, were designed individually since the two manufacturers’ relationship had dissolved by the time its two saloon versions were released. The SEAT Málaga was discontinued in 1992, shortly after the Volkswagen Group acquired SEAT, and was replaced by the SEAT Córdoba, which debuted in late 1993.
Despite having the same System Porsche powerplant as the SEAT Ibiza, the Málaga sold well in Spain but badly in other countries. In the United Kingdom, writer Neil Lyndon of the Daily Telegraph used a Málaga as a long-term test vehicle for a year.
The SEAT Panda was a badge-engineered Fiat Panda manufactured by SEAT between 1980 and 1986 in the company’s Landaben facility in Pamplona, Spain, as well as the Zona Franca plant in Barcelona. The SEAT Panda was restyled and renamed once the relationship between SEAT and Fiat ended. In 1983, it had a little facelift, with a new grille and other minor changes.
The SEAT Tango roadster is a concept automobile created by a team led by Walter de Silva with input from SEAT’s chief of external design, Steve Lewis, and unveiled at the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show. It has a two-door two-seater roadster body type and is powered by a 180 PS variant of Volkswagen Group’s 1.8L 20VT engine that powers the front wheels. It is built on a cut-down SEAT Ibiza base.
While it was an internal concept, it was originally planned to be dubbed the Tanga because of its rear end lines, but Volkswagen Group management rejected the name because it was too provocative. In addition to the progressive deformation structure and central control system, the project included other safety features.
It also had twin front airbags, side airbags, an Antilock Braking System, Electronic Stability Control, and Traction Control systems to assist soften the impact.
The SEAT Toledo is a tiny automobile manufactured by SEAT, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group. SEAT originally launched the Toledo moniker in May 1991, with the fourth and most recent iteration arriving in late 2012 as a 2013 model year vehicle.
The SEAT 133 was a tiny rear-engine automobile produced by SEAT from 1974 to 1979 in Spain. The automobile was based on the chassis and engine of the now-defunct Fiat/SEAT 850, with a new body inspired by the current, somewhat smaller, and only tangentially related Fiat 126. In May 1974, the automobile made its debut at the Barcelona Motor Show.
The 8:1 compression ratio, which allowed the automobile to operate on 85 octane fuel, was noteworthy at the time. In Spain, this was still suitable, but in Western Europe, even “ordinary” gasoline types now often guaranteed a higher minimum octane rating. The 133 was designed with the idea of being a low-cost vehicle.
As a result, the final product shared the majority of its components with the SEAT 850. It was a rear-wheel drive, rear-engined automobile, similar to the 850, but with a layout that was being phased out in favor of front-engined, front-wheel drive hatchbacks like the Renault 5 and Fiat’s own Fiat 127.
The SEAT 132 is a four-door rear-wheel drive notchback saloon that was originally shown at the Barcelona Motor Show in 1973 and sold by SEAT between 1973 and 1982. It was built in Barcelona’s Zona Franca. The 132 filled the void left by the departure of the diesel-engined SEAT 1500 from the taxi market in 1970, the 132 being usefully bigger than the SEAT 124, which was SEAT’s biggest model at the time.
SEAT’s new car shared its body with the Fiat 132, but it had its own engine options when it was introduced in May 1973: the SEAT 132 1600 had a four-cylinder 1592 cc engine with 98 horsepower. The SEAT 132 1800 has a 107 horsepower four-cylinder 1756 cc engine. The SEAT 132 Diesel has a two-litre Mercedes-Benz engine with 55 horsepower, similar to the Mercedes-Benz 200D.
This followed in the footsteps of the SEAT 1500, which was also available with a Mercedes-Benz diesel engine. In 1976, an automatic transmission was added, possibly in reaction to the popularity of the locally built and similarly improved Chrysler 2-litre in Spain.
The SEAT 1500 was a 6-seater saloon and estate automobile produced in Spain and based on the Italian Fiat 1500L. The 1500 was the replacement for the SEAT 1400 C, and it was produced from 1963 to 1972, with the five-door estate variant appearing in 1965.
Apart from the bigger engine, the only differences between the 1500 and its predecessor’s C variant were small things like a speedometer that could now read up to 140 km/h. A ‘1500 pick-up’ was also available, and coach manufacturer ONECA built a long-wheelbase ‘pullman’ variant. A total of 134,766 vehicles were manufactured.
The SEAT Alhambra is a big multi-purpose vehicle that competes with Renault’s Espace, Citroen’s C8, and Peugeot’s 807. Since 1996, it has been produced in the Volkswagen Group’s AutoEuropa facility in Palmela, Portugal, under the SEAT brand. It is based on the Volkswagen Sharan’s architecture, and the first generation was also connected to the Ford Galaxy. The car is called after the Alhambra in Granada, a well-known Spanish landmark.
From 1997 to 2004, the SEAT Arosa was a city vehicle produced by the Spanish carmaker SEAT. The vehicle debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1997, and its facelifted version debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October 2000.
It was built on the same chassis as the Volkswagen Lupo. SEAT Mii, the replacement, was introduced in October 2011 and has been on the market since January 2012.
The SEAT Fura is a supermini automobile manufactured by Spanish carmaker SEAT between 1981 and 1986. It is based on the Fiat 127, which SEAT has been producing since 1972. SEAT was compelled to build a new version with a new name after the license for the 127 expired, which was debuted in late 1981 for the 1982 model year. Three and five-door hatchback body options were available. The Fiat 127 was withdrawn in two and four-door sedan models.
The Fura was never offered with the bigger 1,010 cc engine found in the SEAT 127, although it did come standard with a five-speed manual transmission. The SEAT Fura Dos was debuted in 1983 after a redesign; it is mostly similar to its predecessor, with the exception of smaller headlights and turn signals. The SEAT Ibiza MK1’s introduction in 1984 rendered the vehicle mostly obsolete.
Internally, these two tiny hatches battled for a little more than a year before the Fura was phased out in 1986. Early in 1983, the Fura Crono was released as a hot hatchback. It was driven by a 75 horsepower 1,438 cc four-cylinder engine with front and rear spoilers, dual foglights, and unusual 13″ alloy wheels.
The SEAT 128 is a three-door hatchback coupé that was introduced in 1976 by the Spanish carmaker SEAT. It was basically a three-door hatchback variant of the Fiat 128, and it was offered in Spain with two engine options: the 1.2L and the more powerful and well-known 1430 engine.
The SEAT 128 was designed by SEAT engineers in Spain, and it was advertised as “Three Times SEAT” to emphasize its triple combination ability of sportiness, versatility, and design. It was targeted at wealthy, youthful drivers. Despite its attractive appearance, the 128 model was never a commercial success, since most Spaniards preferred the smaller, less costly SEAT 127 at a period of economic distress and change.
The SEAT Inca is a panel van that was built by SEAT between 1996 and 2003. It was based on the SEAT Ibiza Mk2 and developed and produced in Spain. The SEAT Inca had two rear wing doors that were designed to make loading and unloading easier since they were asymmetrical. The Inca proved to be a solid workhorse in many areas, capable of hauling a payload of 550 kg and towing a 1,000 kg braked trailer.
The SEAT Salsa is a concept automobile that was unveiled at the 2000 Geneva Motor Show as a preview of SEAT’s new design direction under Walter de’Silva. It comes with a three-door coupé body type and a 250 PS 2.8L 24 valve V6 engine.
The SEAT Salsa was dubbed a Multi Driving concept car because the driver could switch between numerous driving modes through a dashboard switch, altering not only the engine and transmission specifications but also the driving posture, interior illumination, and dashboard layout. SEAT debuted the SEAT Salsa Emoción at the 2000 Autosalon Paris, six months after the Geneva debut of the Salsa. The Salsa Emoción evolved from the original Multi Driving.
The SEAT 1200 Sport is a two-door, four-seater coupé that debuted in December 1975 and was commercially available from February 1976 to September 1979. It was the first model created fully in SEAT’s newly established Martorell Technical Centre, and it was thus extremely significant.
It was initially powered by the larger 1,197 cc 67 PS engine from the SEAT 124, which was transversely mounted and canted forwards by 16° in this application. The small 2+2 had a peak speed of 157 km/h thanks to this engine and a four-speed gearbox transmission. Despite its sports ambitions, power output was constrained by a low compression ratio, which reflected the gasoline octanes available on the domestic market.
The automobile was bought from NSU of Germany when the German company abandoned plans to manufacture its own tiny car based on the NSU Prinz rear-engined NSU Nergal model, which was shown as a prototype at the 1970 Turin Motor Show and created by Italian designer Aldo Sessano.
The SEAT 600 was an automobile manufactured in Spain by SEAT under license from Fiat from May 1957 until August 1973. It aided in the commencement of the Spanish miracle, an economic boom that followed the sluggish recovery from the Spanish Civil War. From the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, it was a relatively affordable vehicle that was the first to come within the modest but quickly rising economic means of most Spanish households. The car has become a symbol of the era.
The SEAT firm was founded as a joint venture between the Spanish state holding agency National Institute of Industry, six Spanish banks, and Fiat; until 1982, practically all SEAT models were license-built Fiat-based automobiles, however the 1200/1430 Sport “Boca negra” and 133 were SEAT-designed models. Until 1973, 797,319 SEAT 600s and 18,000 SEAT 800s were produced. Argentina, Mexico, Poland, and Finland were among the countries that received them.
The Fiat version was significantly less popular in Italy than the Spanish model, owing to the fact that the Italian market was more developed at the time. The narrow and weak b pillars, which made seat belt installation problematic, were one of the reasons for the model’s discontinuation.
The Fiat 850 was the basis for the SEAT 850, which was introduced in 1966. Two separate 4-door variants arrived in 1967, initially only available with the same 2-door sedan body as used in Italy. The very uncommon corto had bodywork designed by Francis Lombardi for the Fiat 850 “Lucciola,” while the largo had a 15-cm longer floorpan and bodywork designed expressly by SEAT.
From April 1966 through 1974, the automobile was manufactured in Spain and was highly popular at the time. The 850 Especial Lujo was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1971, and it was only available with the 4-door largo body. The SEAT 133, essentially an 850 rebodied in a new body, took over production in late 1974.
Sedans and the basic coupé were powered by 843 cc four-cylinder engines with 37 or 47 horsepower. For a few years after Fiat 850 manufacture ended in Italy in 1972, the SEAT version was marketed through Fiat dealers in Europe. The Fiat logo on these cars read “costruzione SEAT” beneath it.
The SEAT Bolero 330 BT was unveiled as a concept car at the 1998 Geneva Salon International de l’Auto. It has a four-seater, four-door sports-coupé body shape that is reminiscent of a family saloon automobile. The “330 BT” comes from the 330 PS power output.
One of the most striking parts of this design is the removal of the B-pillar and the use of hinges that allow the doors to open independently in a suicide door-like fashion, allowing for simpler access to the back seats.
Another important point is that the SEAT Bolero’s design had many aesthetic features that would subsequently be adopted by other SEAT vehicles, particularly in the front fascia.
The SEAT Cupra GT is a SEAT GT race vehicle that had its international debut as a concept car at the Barcelona Motor Show on April 24, 2003.
The final version of the Cupra GT was unveiled later, made in a limited quantity on client demand by SEAT Sport, a branch of the Spanish car manufacturer, for racing teams or individuals wishing to compete in GT events such as the Spanish GT Championship.
The SEAT Sport division collaborated with the SEAT Produce Center in Sitges to design a racer inspired by the SEAT Salsa and SEAT Tango concept vehicles. The SEAT Cupra GT, with its unique Walter design, embodies the brand’s ‘auto emoción’ concept.
Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Italdesign created the SEAT Proto T, SEAT Proto C, and SEAT Proto TL concept automobiles for SEAT.
The SEAT Bocanegra is a three-door supermini concept car developed by the Spanish carmaker SEAT and created by Luc Donckerwolke, a former Lamborghini designer who was recently appointed as SEAT’s design director. It debuted at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show with a more aggressive appearance as a showcase for the fourth-generation SEAT Ibiza, which debuted at the Madrid Motor Show in May 2008.
The name Bocanegra – which means “Black Mouth” in Spanish – comes from the entire front bumper being made of black-painted plastic with clear perspex headlights, harkening back to a previous SEAT model from the 1970s, the 1200 Sport, which was nicknamed Bocanegra at the time due to its black plastic front end. It has a 180-bhp 1.4-liter TSI engine and a newly introduced seven-speed direct shift transmission.
Since 2004, the SEAT Altea has been a small multi-purpose car made by the Spanish manufacturer SEAT. The car was designed by Walter de Silva of Italy and debuted in 2004 as the first example of SEAT’s new corporate appearance. Except for a bigger boot, the third generation Toledo was nearly identical. The Altea XL is an expanded version of the Altea. The Altea Freetrack was introduced in 2007 with 4WD and a higher suspension.
The SEAT 1430 was a four-door sedan produced by SEAT from 1969 to 1975 in Spain. The automobile was based on the FIAT 124 Special, but instead of circular front lights, it had square ones from the FIAT 125. The cockpit was virtually identical to that of the Fiat 125.
The 1430 Especial 1600 model, sometimes known as “FU,” was debuted in 1973 as the GTI version of the SEAT 1430. The SEAT 131 replaced it, however the donor car, the SEAT 124, remained in production until 1980. The SEAT 1430 engine and other components were also used in the “Auto Replica MG 50,” a Spanish-made MG TD replica.
Seat, or Sociedad Espagnola de Automoviles de Turismo for short, is Spain’s largest automobile manufacturer. With the support of the Instituto Nacional de Industria and Fiat, the firm was founded in 1950. That’s why Seats were first just rebadged Fiats with minor modifications. The names were even maintained.
SEAT S.A. (English: /set/, Spanish: [seat]; Sociedad Espaola de Automóviles de Turismo) is a Spanish automobile manufacturer known for its SEAT and Cupra brands. The Instituto Nacional de Industria (INI), a Spanish state-owned industrial holding firm, formed it on May 9, 1950.
Volkswagen, SEAT, and Skoda are all sister companies. While Volkswagen sells the most vehicles, SEAT and Skoda account for little under a third of overall sales in the UK, despite Volkswagen providing more models.
SEAT was formed by the Spanish government in 1950 and has a long history of automotive manufacture in Spain. It was purchased by Germany’s VW Group in 1990 after a long cooperation with Italy’s FIAT.
SEAT is one of the youngest car manufacturers, despite its outstanding 67-year-old age, and its fast automobiles demonstrate that it has no intentions to slow down. SEAT’s popularity has risen to the point that seeing one on the road in the UK is as frequent as seeing a Golf or a Focus.
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