Spanish car manufacturer SEAT unveiled a cracking new concept vehicle at the British International Motor Show in Birmingham, and had crowds flocking to see the scarlet stunner.
The SEAT Salsa, seen for the first time in the UK, is a 'multi-driving' concept car which has a swivel stick that allows the driver to switch between three modes: sport, comfort and city.
Each mode changes the driver's position and alters the transmission (tiptronic or automatic) according to the option selected.
A SEAT spokesperson said: “Although it's purely a concept car, some of the features should be carried over into the new Leon, which is expected to be launched in 2004. It's been really popular with visitors to the stand because they say they can actually imagine it being on the road.”
The Salsa has many innovative features, including windscreen wipers that clear the whole windscreen, a reverse-gear sensor that activates a rear camera linked to a pop-down monitor and an automatic lighting sensor that adjusts the headlights according to conditions.
Its 2.8-litre V6 engine develops 250 bhp, taking the Salsa from 0 to 62 mph in 7.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 152 mph.Published 24 October 2002