- British debut for new Cordoba
- Salsa "Red" concept car
The Ibiza, SEAT’s best-loved and best-selling model which also boasts the sportiest diesel engine available in any supermini, will be well represented. Several models from the range of 3- and 5-door hatches will be on show - from the £7995 Ibiza 1.2, through the Ibiza SE, to the top of the range Ibiza TDi Sport powered by the 1.9 litre 130 bhp turbo diesel engine. New at Birmingham is an addition to the Ibiza range, a 5-door version of 130 bhp TDi Sport. On sale from January, this new format lends an optional touch of practicality to this passion-filled car.
Since its launch in 2000 the SEAT Leon has been chasing the Ibiza in the popularity stakes – but now this 5-door midsize hatch has even more to offer. All models, including the 1.4S, now have air conditioning as standard and the acclaimed Leon Cupra has received a new look and extra equipment to better reflect its sporty performance - all for the same price of £14995. But, the pièce de résistance of the Leon range is the new Leon Cupra R. 210 bhp of pure motor muscle with looks and driving dynamics to match make this a seriously hot hatch and a sure fire winner.
SEAT is also giving show goers a glimpse of "auto emoción" to come with the first UK showing of the new Cordoba. With the good looks and personality of the new Ibiza and the attitude and presence of a stylish saloon, this all new model is set to hit the UK market in spring 2003. In addition, SEAT’s futuristic design study, the highly acclaimed Salsa "Red" concept car, makes its first "live" appearance in front of a British public, with a tantalising taste of SEAT styling and technical innovation to come.
Also featuring at the show are SEAT stalwarts the Arosa city car, the top value, award-winning Alhambra seven-seater MPV and the Toledo executive saloon.Published 26 September 2002