The Seat Ibiza is classified as a supermini car and is manufactured by the Spanish carmaker SEAT. This vehicle was first produced in 1984 and it is this automaker’s top selling vehicle. The Ibiza is named after the Spanish island of Ibiza and it follows the tradition set by the SEAT Ronda, which was also named after a Spanish city. This vehicle was initially introduced to the public in 1984 at the Paris Motor Show as SEAT’s very first vehicle, although it was designed with the help of other popular firms, including Porsche, Karmann, and Italdesign.
There are a total of four generations of this vehicle and it has debuted a new platform of the Volkswagen group twice so far, all of which were stop sellers in SEAT’s range. There is still a rebadged version of the Ibiza still in production under license in China by the Nanjing Automobile Group. This vehicle can be purchased in the three or five-door hatchback versions. Between 1993 and 2008, the coupe, estate, and saloon versions of this vehicle were sold as the SEAT Cordoba. An estate version which was called the Ibiza ST became available in 2010.
The first generation of the Ibiza started in 1984 and went until 1993. The first look that the public had of this car was at the 1984 Paris Motor Show and the SEAT Ibiza Mk1 started production in April of that same year. From the time this vehicle was made available for purchase, it has been a tremendous success. Sales of the Ibiza steadily grew from when it was first launched, becoming SEAT’S number one top-selling vehicle of all time. This vehicle sold a total of 1,341,001 units through 1993.
The second generation of the Ibiza, or the Ibiza Mk2 (Type 6K), was the first one to be developed and produced solely by the Volkswagen Group. The design for this vehicle was heavily based on Volkswagen’s A03 platform and is available in both three and five-door models as well as a saloon/coupe version which was called the SEAT Cordoba. There was also the Estate, which was called the SEAT Cordoba Vario. The interior of this vehicle shared the exact same dashboard as a number of other models from this automaker along with Volkswagen, including the SEAT Cordoba Mk1 as well as the Volkswagen Polo Classic. Before this vehicle received its facelift, the trim levels that were available included I, CL, CLX, Pasion, S, and GTi.
With the fourth and present generation of the SEAT Ibiza came a number of changes to this vehicle’s overall design and components. The Ibiza Mk4 (Type 6J) premiered at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show as the Bocanegra concept car. This vehicle was designed by Donckerwolke, a famous Belgian car designer who created a distinctive ‘arrow design” for this vehicle. The model range for the Mk4 includes the 5-door hatchback, a 3-door version and a 5-door estate which was added in Q4 2010.
There was also a high-performance version of the SEAT Ibiza, known as the Ibiza FR as well as the Cupra and Bocanegra models, all of which were launched in June of 2009. The FR uses a 150 PS or 148 horsepower 1.4 TSI twincharger engine with a 7-speed Direct-Shift Gearbox for maximum power and speed. The Ibiza’s SportCoupe and 5-door range was effectively extended with the addition of a 1.2 TSI 105 PS or 104 bhp engine in September of 2010. This vehicle also got a fairly significant facelift in September of the following year and launched in 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show. Today this vehicle continues to be extremely popular with consumers because of its sensible and reliable design.