Say hello to the new version of the Seat Ibiza. The Spanish-made subcompact comes with a completely new platform and a complete set of powertrains with green credentials: all gasoline-powered versions produce less than 160 g/km CO2 while all diesels are below the 120 g/km figure. Missing from this list are the CUPRA and Ecomotive versions and, of course, hybrid powertrains.

The new platform makes the car larger and wider, which improves comfort, but SEAT has reduced weight wherever possible. This mean better fuel consumption for the redesigned Ibiza. Safety measures have also been improved and the marque expects the highest rankings possible in the EuroNCAP tests. Erich Schmidt, SEAT's CEO, believes that, "The new Ibiza puts your emotions up while putting your emissions down." Presentation video and full press release after the jump.





Press Release:

The new SEAT Ibiza

# New technical basis
# New design
# Added safety and comfort
# Lower fuel consumption and emissions

SEAT is unveiling the new Ibiza this Wednesday at its development and production facility in Martorell near Barcelona, Spain. Sportiness and design, as well as SEAT's customary high-quality precision, are the essential traits of the newcomer to the SEAT family.

Chairman of the Board of Management, Erich Schmitt, describes the company's latest addition as follows: "The new SEAT Ibiza is the car for the young and the young-at-heart – people who appreciate design, sportiness and quality, yet are also environmentally aware."

The SEAT Ibiza featured today especially benefits from a new technical basis, with a longer wheelbase and greater track width, which result in enhanced dynamic qualities. At the same time, the Ibiza expands its comfort and safety specification with parking sensors and cornering light function, as well as newly developed airbag systems.

The new SEAT Ibiza combines comfort and safety with a reduced vehicle weight. The lower weight, the efficient engines and the reconfigured transmission ratios all add up to reduced fuel consumption and emissions. All of the petrol-powered models emit less than 160g CO2/km, while the entire diesel range keeps CO2 emissions below 120g/km.

As Schmitt remarks: "The SEAT Ibiza is intended to heighten emotions and lower emissions."

The looks of the SEAT Ibiza are moulded by the new "Arrow Design" concept. Its newly designed front-end and the distinctly contoured lines running lengthwise reinforce the vehicle's dynamic, modern statement, while tremendous attention to detail makes the sporty Spanish model more than street-ready.

Customers can catch their first glimpse of the new Ibiza after April 2, 2008, when specially equipped trucks will be displaying the cars in prime locations across Europe. The roadshow schedule and further details can be found by visiting: www.newseatibiza.com

The new SEAT Ibiza will be making its debut motor show appearance in Madrid on May 22, 2008, after which it will receive its European market launch.

[Source: SEAT]


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