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New Ibiza Rendered Using Latest SEAT Look

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While it’s slightly odd to look at with its offset side creases that don’t quite meet up, the current SEAT Leon is not a bad looking car. It’s setting the trend for what all SEATs from the near future will look like and this Ibiza rendering follows along the same lines.

Seat Leon ST Cupra Is the Poor Man's Audi RS4 Avant

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Seat is following in the footsteps of parent company VW by bringing a performance compact estate to market with the new Leon ST Cupra, which has just been unveiled in production form.

The hot estate is the first Cupra model that adopts this body style and sources all its mechanical parts from the Leon Cupra Sport Coupé and five-door hatches. This means it is powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine available with two power levels: 265PS (261hp) in the Leon ST Cupra and 280PS (276hp) in the Leon ST Cupra 280. Both versions produce a maximum torque of 350Nm (258lb-ft) from 1,700 to 5,600 rpm.

Needless to say, the Cupra 280 is the fastest, reaching 100 km/h from standstill in 6 seconds flat when mated with the optional DSG transmission (6.1 seconds with the six-speed manual gearbox). The standard Seat Leon ST Cupra accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds with the DSG and 6.2 seconds with the manual. Both models have an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

The figures are quite impressive for an estate that has a maximum load space of 1,470 liters (51.9 cu-ft) with the rear seats folded flat. Furthermore, declared fuel economy is quite low, at 6.6 l/100 km (35.6 mpg US) for both power variants with DSG and 6.7 l/100 km (35.1 mpg US) with the manual gearbox. This equates to CO2 figures of 154 and 157 grams.

The Seat Leon ST Cupra sports a similar styling kit to the Leon Cupra hatches that includes a revised front end with large air intakes, rear skirt with diffuser effect and the two oval end pipes. The alloy wheels are exclusive to the Cupra, while the red brake calipers and tinted side and rear windshields make it stand out from regular Leon ST models.

Inside, the Leon ST Cupra gets a sports steering wheel with shifting paddles for the optional DSG transmission, sports seats in black Alcantara finished with white stitching, as well as aluminum pedals and door sill plates.


European New Car Sales on the Rise, Still “No Party Time”

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In November, new car sales in Europe increased by 1 percent to 989,457 vehicles, according to data provided by ACEA, the automotive industry association. It was the 15th consecutive month that registrations rose – but things are still far from rosy.

Seat Roadster Design Study for a Spanish Mazda MX-5

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The VW Group always wanted to transform Seat into an Alfa Romeo rival, but that never happened, with the Spanish brand moving back and forth between VW and Skoda.

Seat Surprises King Felipe VI of Spain by Restoring His First-Ever Car, a 1986 Ibiza [w/Video]

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During a recent visit to Seat’s plant in Martorell, King Felipe VI of Spain was taken by surprise by the automaker with an unexpected moment.

While he was given an insight into some of the company’s future models, the King was stunned to spot his first-ever car, a 1.5-liter metallic gold first-generation Ibiza among the other vehicles. The car was a gift from his father, the then King Juan Carlos, for his 18th birthday in 1986.

VW Pulling Out Seat Brand from Russia on January 1 Next Year

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VW has announced that it will stop selling Seat cars in Russia by early next year because of the country’s economic downturn and weakening ruble. In September, Opel Group announced that it would scale back production in Russia citing similar reasons.

Seat Confirms Compact and Small SUVs, Considers Large Crossover/MPV Too

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While Seat currently has no SUV in its lineup, the Spanish automaker has confirmed the launch of two crossovers within the next three years and possibly a third one later on.

VW Group Sets Record Sales and Profits, World Dominance is Just a Matter of Time

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Here’s the thing: the Volkswagen brand, by far the VW Group largest in terms of both sales and income, has suffered this year in operating profits. Yet the Group has set a new record for the third quarter as well as the first nine months of 2014.

Seat's Full-Size Lace Replica is a Mechanophiles Dirty Dream

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Did you know that mechanophilia, or the sexual attraction to machines such as cars, motorcycles and even helicopters and airplanes, is considered a crime in some countries, including, the UK, with perpetrators placed on the sexual offenders register?

After First Compact SUV, SEAT Reportedly Planning a Smaller Model Too

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Is there a sector of the automotive market more hotly contested at the moment than that of small crossovers?

New Leon X-Perience is Seat's Temporary Answer to its SUV Problem

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Until Seat gets its very own SUV – that will happen within the next two years, the Spaniards are relying on the new Leon X-Perience to satisfy European appetites for SUVs and crossovers.

Scoop: Seat Begins Testing 2016 SUV Inspired by IBX Concept

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Seat will no longer be denied an SUV as its VW Group masters have given the Spaniards the green light to develop their very first model of the kind.

Seat's New AWD Leon X-Perience from £24,385 in the UK

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We're used to seeing tall station wagons with FWD passed on as crossovers, but Seat's new Leon X-Perience not only has the looks, but also comes with standard AWD.

New Seat Leon CUPRA 280 Sub8 Performance Pack and Black and White-Line Editions

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There are plenty of goods coming from Seat and its hot Leon Cupra 280, as the Spanish carmaker released pricing for three new packages for the UK market.

All-New MQB-Underpinned SEAT Ibiza Teased, Arrives in 2016 / 2017

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An all-new Ibiza from SEAT is set to make its debut sometime in 2016 or 2017, and we already know what its basic shape will be, courtesy of comparative slides the manufacturer provided to compare this new model’s outline with that of its predecessors.

SEAT Models Offensive Pays Off – New Sales Record Set in the UK

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SEAT’s new Leon is a car that’s received much publicity since its launch and even sometime before it. It’s a car you can now have in three sufficiently different body styles, with a wide array of different engines, or if it’s not quite the car for you, the brand offers other larger or smaller models all built on VW platforms yet retailing for a cheaper price than comparable rivals.

SEAT Leon Cupra is a Serious Hot Hatch Contender, a Solid All-Rounder

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SEAT markets itself as the attainable side of sporty within the VW group family. All their cars may share underpinnings with VW models, but the specific tuning that’s been applied to them and the image that’s been created over time is slowly giving the brand its own character.

SEAT Taking Orders for Ibiza 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Model

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As promised earlier this year, SEAT has released a special edition Ibiza model that celebrates the nameplate’s 30th anniversary. The Ibiza 30th Anniversary Limited Edition can now be ordered through SEAT’s dealer network, with the model being available in Style trim on the three-door SC body.

Sibling Rivalry: SEAT Leon Cupra vs. VW Golf R on Track

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A dry twisty track is not the ideal place to prove that the more powerful, four-wheel drive VW Golf R is faster than a lesser powered front-wheel drive SEAT Leon Cupra. In fact, it would prove the above statement completely false, as the Autocar video posted below illustrates.

SEAT Ibiza Cupra Gets Reviewed: It’s Good Overall, But Lacks Focus, Enthusiast Appeal

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While it may look a lot more flamboyant than the VW Polo GTI on which it’s based, the SEAT Ibiza Cupra is somehow out of place in the sector. You rarely see one on the road, and the fact that it’s been on sale for as long as its rivals have been yet nobody mentions it should be telling.