Padua

24th-27th October 2019

Padua

24th-27th October 2019

10 Oct

SPANISH HEART. ITALIAN DESIGN. GLOBAL SUCCESS.

in: VINTAGE CARS
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Representing Seat at Auto e Moto d'Epoca 2019 is the iconic Seat Ibiza.
This car put Spanish manufacturers Seat on the map and three of the five Ibiza series have been designed by Italians Giorgetto Giugiaro and Walter de Silva.

In Padua, we celebrate this hatchback which has consolidated Seat's international reputation and which has managed to "move on its own four wheels" within the VolksWagen group. The iconic Seat Ibiza is a small yet spacious supermini which has entered its 5th generation after 35 years on the market. This model has earned its place in the Hall of Fame of mass-produced cars. 

The first to designed the vehicle was Giorgetto Giugiaro who, in 2014 on the occasion of Ibiza's 30th anniversary, defined it an “extremely unique product” in terms of proportions “for its elegant yet sporty look and the simplicity of its architecture”. Giugiaro designed the first two series (almost 3 million models sold), while another Italian, Walter de Silva, designed the third (another 1.2 million models sold). It was a global success, especially considering that 8 Ibiza models out of 10 were exported to 75 nations. Today five and a half million models have been manufactured and there appears to be no sign of slowing down. On the contrary: over time, Seat Ibiza has grown and has become more sporty and appealing with the 2004 1.9 160 horsepower TDI, the arrow-shaped design of the 4th generation designed by Luc Donckerwolke, and the introduction of the MQB A0 modular platform revealed in Geneva in 2017 for the 5th generation, which represents yet another step forward in terms of safety, design, performance and comfort for Seat's champion.