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The Leon has always been Seat’s most successful model and it seems the same thing may be said with the next generation. According to rumors circulating today, Seat will use the next Leon as the guinea pig to offer its first hybrid and electric cars. Not a surprising statement considering the ties Seat has with Volkswagen and its Golf model. The Seat Leon was based off the VW Golf and with the Golf entering the world of electric mobility, it would be an easy transition for the Leon to make.

Seat is currently testing the first plug-in hybrid version of the Leon, known as Twin Drive, and a production version will follow in 2012 when this next Leon will be revealed. The Spanish manufacturer is also preparing an electric version that is rumored to use the same drivetrain as the IBE concept. This concept operates in a lithium-ion battery which works in conjunction with the drive motor and power electronics.

As for the design for the next generation Leon, it will be inspired by the IBE concept’s short, low, and wide shape. It will be offered in three and five-door hatchback variants, with a station wagon version also being a possibility.

Source: Autocar

Seat unveiled today the new generation Alhambra, a Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) that comes with new design, inside and out, and new improved engines. Compared to the old model, the new Alhambra is 22 centimeters longer and nine centimeters wider.

The 2011 Alhambra features an arrow-shaped bonnet, hallmark grille and highly distinctive front skirt, a sleek side profile with sliding doors, a muscular spoiler on the rear edge of the roof and expansive light clusters.

The new Alhambra is offered with both TSI and TDI engines, with power ranging from 150 HP to 200 HP for the TSI engines and from 140 HP to 170 HP for the TDI engines. The minivan also features stop/start system and brake energy regeneration and an SCR catalytic converter (Selective Catalytic Reduction), making even the diesel model one of the world’s cleanest MPVs.

Press release after the jump.

JE Design is wasting little time tuning Seat Leon Cupras left and right. After already providing us with the finely-tuned Seat Leon Cupra , they’re at it again after turning their attention to the more Cupra’s more powerful version, the Cupra R . The new tuning package will focus on improving both cars’ aerodynamics and performance.

The standard version of the Cupra R allows a total of 265 hp, but JE Design tuned the engine to an impressive 330 hp and 420 NM. Unfortunately, they did not reveal how this will improve the car’s performance.

The tuning package also includes: a complete bodykit, lowered springs or coilovers, multispoke alloy-wheels, sport-exhaust systems, and exclusive leather interior.

We always hate it when errant soccer balls end up dinging up our cars but when you have someone like freestyle soccer player - and world record-holder - Dan Magness doing the kicking, the anger turns into something along the lines of amazement.

As part of a contest to win a VIP trip for two to the UEFA Europa League Final in Hamburg, Germany, Seat is inviting everyone who have any semblance of soccer skills to upload their own freestyle football videos

As inspiration, Seat invited Magness to demonstrate his remarkable soccer skills by attempting to kick a soccer ball into the open rear window of a Leon Cupra R hatchback that is consistently moving at a distance. Magness had five shots at the car and made three of them - not what we expected but impressive nevertheless.

Source: Seat

If you needed one more proof that the Geneva Show will be all about electric and hybrid cars here it is: the Seat Ibe Concept, a 2+2-seater, zero-emission vehicle.

The Seat Ibe’s drive motor is located together with the power electronics beneath the extremely flat bonnet, with the lithium-ion battery positioned in the car’s very short rear. The concept can deliver a maximum of 102 hp (but is limited to 68 hp) and 200 Nm of torque. The concept can go from 0 to 50 km/h takes only 3.4 seconds; within 6.3 seconds, the IBE has reached 80 km/h, and after only 9.4 seconds it arrives at 100 km/h. Top speed is also limited to 160 km/h (100mph).

The concept’s front is defined by full-LED headlamps, two air intakes in the lower bumper section and a V-shaped bonnet. The rear light clusters also feature LED light guide technology with a hint of a diffuser beneath the rear bumper area reflecting the visual of the front air intakes.

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The Spanish automaker Seat will unveil the third variant of the fun loving Ibiza lineup at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March. The slightly longer Ibiza ST will fill the gap created by those consumers looking for a little extra space to store their junk in the trunk when it goes on sale early this summer.

The Seat Ibiza ST measures in at 18 cm longer than the standard hatchback version, for a total length of 4.23 meters, and can hold up to 430 Liters worth of goods in the wagon like five door estate. This also means that the Ibiza ST’s interior is impressively spacious, with an accomplished and high quality character. The new model will be offered with a choice of six 21st century power plant variations including a trio of gas burning as well as three TDI units producing between 70 HP and a very economical 105 HP.

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The Spanish automaker SEAT has just added a new sporty alternatively fueled version of their best selling Ibiza hot hatch called the Ibiza FR TDI. The turbo diesel powered compact is available in either the three door SC or the more practical five door body style starting at a very reasonable £16,465. According to Andy McGregor, SEAT UK’s Ibiza Product Manager, "the arrival of the Ibiza FR TDI signals our intention to make SEAT a leader in the supermini sector."

Powered by a turbocharged diesel engine that delivers a total of 143 HP, the Ibiza FR comes with SEAT’s new XDS electronic virtual limited slip differential for improved handling and even torque distribution as well as exclusive FR specific detailing inside and out to denote this as a very special Ibiza. The FR can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in 8.2 seconds and reach an electronicaly limited top speed of 130 MPH, all while getting as much as 62.7 MPG on the combined cycle ensuring that the new SEAT Ibiza FR TDI is as easy on the wallet as it is fun to drive.

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Seat rolls out new Ibiza print ad featuring Biker Cupid

In our history, ’Cupid’ has always been depicted as a young, innocent boy with an even more innocent smile. Turns out, the folks over at Seat have a different interpretation of what cupid looks like.

In their print advertisement highlighting their new fleet of the budget-minded five-seater, Seat Ibiza , Seat has decided to use Cupid as its endorser, only this time, Cupid is a gun-toting, gruff, long-haired, shirt-less biker.

We get the whole connection between Cupid and the tag ’Love at First Sight’, but we’re not exactly sure as to why Seat didn’t just opt for the cuter version of Cupid.

Just our two cents.

Source: Jalopnik

Je Design revealed a new tuning package for the 2010 Seat Leon FR. The package upgrades both performance and styling upgrades and is available for both petrol and diesel versions.

For the petrol version, the TFSI-engine has been upgraded to deliver a total of 270 hp and 355 NM. As a result, the 0 to 60 mph sprint is now made in 6.2 seconds. For the diesel version, the tuner has added a Can-Tronic boosts that updates the output to 204 hp and the torque to 380 NM. The 0 to 60 mph sprint went down to 7.6 seconds.

The aerodynamics package includes: bold headlight blends, LED daytime running lights, front spoiler with the double lip, side skirts, rear skirt attachment, center diffuser attachment, four-pipe exhaust system and 19inch wheels.

Press release after the jump.

The Spanish arm of the Volkswagen family, Seat has just added a new version to its sporty Leon lineup of hot hatches to make the all new factory tuned Seat Leon Cupra R the most powerful vehicle in the automaker’s history because it is powered by a 2.0 Liter TSI engine that produces a maximum output of 265 HP that allows the Spanish sports car to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 6.2 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 155 MPH.

Seat Leon Cupra R

The car’s increased performance under the hood is only accentuated by the new ten spoke 19 inch rims that are actually five pair of skinny split spokes that hide the large red brake calipers behind them. Both the front grill and rear hatch get a distinctive R badge complete with trailing checkered flag to let the world know that this is a special kind of Leon Cupra no matter whether you are coming at it head on or watching the Seat get smaller and smaller as it zooms on by.

Seat Leon Cupra R

The interior of the Seat Leon Cupra R is upgraded with a sporty set of bucket seats wrapped in grippy grey Alcantara upholstery, while the instrument cluster is lit up by a series of white LEDs. As far as the drivers tactile connection to the car is concerned, Seat has fitted the most powerful Cupra with a leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel and some sporty aluminum pedals to make this car look as good as it goes.

UPDATE 06/21/2010: Just nine months after we got a first look at the new Seat Leon Cupra R, it has gone on sale in the UK. The new Cupra R gets a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that has 261 horsepower. That is a massive 10 percent more than the old Leon Cupra.

Press release after the jump.

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