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The Ibiza is Seat's most popular model, and though it may be due for replacement by now, it's getting another update instead, which was revealed at the Barcelona Motor Show.

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More automakers need events like the annual Wörthersee Treffen in Austria from Volkswagen Group. It offers a chance for the automotive giant's designers to go wild and create one-offs that wouldn't get made otherwise. This year Audi has its 525-horsepower A3 Clubsport Quattro for the show, and this quirky Ibiza Cupster is the creation of Seat.

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GTI Treffen may have started out as a gathering for owners of Volkswagen pocket rockets, but by now it's blown into a full-on celebration of everything related to hot hatches and more. And though it remains a grassroots event by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, Volkswagen is wise not to ignore it. These days, it comes to the annual lakeside gathering in Austria with a handful of show cars in tow, and brings its sister-brands along for the ride, too.

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Seat Ibiza Sport Tourer – Click above for high-res image gallery

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SEAT Ibiza ST – Click above for high-res image gallery

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SEAT Ibiza FR TDI – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Last May, Austrian Gerhard Plattner took a Seat Ibiza Ecomotive and drove it from the factory where it was built, in Martorell (near Barcelona), Spain, and drove it a distance of 970.6 miles using just 2.9 liters of fuel per 100 km. This comes to 81.1 mpg (U.S.), an impressive figure. But, since there's always room for improvement, Plattner repeated the test. This time, he completed a 1,910-km (1,187-mile) tour that used just 44.8 liters of gas. That means Plattner managed to improve his average

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Seat IBZ concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Once upon a time when drivers went driving across multiple countries, it was in pursuit of doing it in the least amount of time. These days, it seems to be just as often that drivers are still going for the least, but now it's about minimizing fuel consumption. After a team of drivers ran over 1,400 miles on a tank of petrol in a Fusion hybrid last week, an Austrian driver took the road in a Seat Ibiza Ecomotive. Gerhard Plattner set out from the Seat factory in Martorell, Spain and traversed Sp

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The all-new generation of Volkswagen TDI engines, fitted with common-rail technology instead of pump-injectors, is spreading through the corporate family. Next June, Seat is getting the new 1.6-liter diesel engines under the hoods of the Ibiza. The new 90hp version, which is the detuned version found in the Golf BlueMotion, reduces the Ibiza's fuel consumpting from 4.5 to 4.2 l/100 km (52.3 to 56 mpg U.S.), and has a Diesel Particulate Filter as standard. The new engine reduces CO2 emissions dow

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Seat Bocanegra Concept - Click above for a high-res gallery

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Click on image above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Seat Ibiza Ecomotive

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Click on image for a full gallery of the 2008 Seat Ibiza Ecomotive

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Click above to view more of the SEAT Ibiza unveiling in hi-res

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Click image for a high-res gallery of the new SEAT Ibiza

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The Spanish marque Seat, which belongs to the VAG group, has announced a line of greener vehicles, just the same way Volkswagen has its BlueMotion. Similiar lines were already announced for Audi and Skoda.

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On July 18 at the British International Motor Show, VW-owned Spanish automaker SEAT will unveil the new Leon Cupra for the very first time. The company's smartly-styled hatchbacks are always a visual treat, and this one should be no exception.

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