Seat hasn't exactly been at the forefront of the plug-in vehicle movement, but the company has just unveiled two new vehicles that show it won't be left completely in the zero-emission dust. Until now, the Volkswagen brand has been happy to focus on reducing CO2 emissions from its vehicles through its Ecomotive line. That has now changed to include cars with plugs in addition to more efficient liquid fuel vehicles.
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
Along with the arrival of the next-generation TDI engines to the Spanish automaker SEAT's lineup, the company's Ecomotive high-milers get updated with an all-new 1.6-liter common-rail diesel to go with the 1.4-liter 3-cylinder for the Ibiza. The León, Altea and Altea XL all get the new engine and the reduced emissions that come along with it. The León, which SEAT's equivalent to the Golf, gets additional low CO2 emissions treatment to reach the 99 g/km mark. This is 20 grams per ki
Click on image for a hi-res gallery of the Seat León Twin Drive prototype
Click on image above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Seat Ibiza Ecomotive
Earlier this month, we said that the amazingly low-emission (for a production car with a liquid fuel engine) Seat Ibiza Ecomotive will be coming in March at a cost of £10,495. Well, the details have changed a bit. Seat announced that deliveries will actually start in April and the official cost starts at £10,995. The good news is that the headline number - 99 g/km of CO2 - remains the same, as does the official rating of 62 mpg (U.S.). That's worth waiting another month for, right? S
Several months ago we first reported on the new Seat Ibiza Ecomotive. Ecomotive is Seat's branding for their most efficient, lowest CO2-emitting models, similar to parent company Volkswagen's BlueMotion. The Ibiza is actually based on the platform of the Volkswagen Polo, with the Ecomotive model being the Spanish translation of the Polo Bluemotion. Like its German sibling, the Ibiza uses the 1.4L turbodiesel mated with improved aerodynamics and low rolling resistance tires. The bottom line is 62
These Frankfurt Motor Show vehicles no longer need an introduction. We've been covering them to the hilt and, if you missed what any of them are, you can see last night's wrap-up for more information. What this post is meant to do is provide you with some shiny, high-resolution images to see the concepts for yourself. Consider it our version of a free ticket to the show. We'll keep posting on more details from the IAA today; for now, enjoy the images. My favorite is the mule in the shot of the V