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Originally introduced in 1998 as a small family hatchback , the Seat Leon quickly grew into a family that included many iterations and a host of gasoline and diesel engines. The newest member of the lineup, the Leon ST , joined the ranks for the 2013 model year, shortly after Seat introduced the third-generation model. Only one year later, the Spanish manufacturer expanded the Leon family once again by adding the X-Perience model, an all-wheel-drive wagon sporting crossover -like visuals and an increased ride height.

Brought to life to bridge the gap between the Leon ST and Seat’s upcoming SUV — rumored to share the MQB platform with the Volkswagen Tiguan — the Leon X-Perience represents the company’s first venture into the niche. The raised wagon comes to tackle the likes of the Audi A4 Allroad quattro and Skoda Octavia Scout, all of which are crammed under the Volkswagen Group.

Naturally, the X-Perience won’t be much of a threat to the Audi A4 , which serves a different audience in terms of pricing and amenities. However, the Leon X-Perience is a wagon most families shouldn’t ignore.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Seat Leon X-Perience.

Spanish automaker Seat isn’t particularly known for developing eye-catching concepts , so please excuse us for doing a double-take on the Cupster Concept it unveiled at the 2014 Worthersee event. The concept, developed to celebrate the Ibiza’s 30th anniversary, is pretty innovative in its own right, which is a testament to what Seat is capable of if it puts its all into building cars that are out of its wheelhouse. The Cupster Concept is based on the Ibiza Cupra , which really doesn’t say much because most of the details in the concept roadster are things we’ve never seen Seat do in the past. The lowered stance gives it racing appeal and the absence of a traditional front windscreen puts the car in a concept level all its own.

In place of the typical windscreen, Seat opted to use a wraparound window that extends horizontally from one rear section all the way to other, wrapping the Cupster in somewhat of a glass encasing that looks pretty cool if you’re into a design quirk like this.

Seat has made no indication on whether it plans to sell the Cupster Concept as a production model. For what it’s worth, we’d take a long look at it before putting down the money to buy one. That wraparound window design is a definite eye-catcher, even though that feature would never find its way into showrooms.

Good work on this concept, though, Seat. Rare is the time when you get attention for a concept car, but this one really did the job.

Click past the jump to read more about the Seat Ibiza Cupster Concept.

Volkswagen loves records. It even makes the world’s fastest car in the Bugatti Veyron . Every other week the large auto group claims a Nurburgring record with Porsche , and it has publicly stated it wants to be the largest manufacturer in the world. VW certainly don’t lack for ambition...

Now we have new of yet another record from one of Volkswagen’s many subsidiary companies. The video we have here is proof that the Seat Leon Cupra 280 has blasted around the Nurburgring in under 8 minutes. This not only makes the Cupra 280 the fastest FWD car to ever traverse the Green Hell, it also lays claim to being the first ever FWD car to break the eight-minute mark on the ‘Ring.

Two records in one go, the Germans will be pleased.

The car in question essentially a version of the Golf that is built with the Seat badge. It is built on the new MQB architecture that underpins the Skoda Octavia , third-generation A3 and the Mk VII Golf. The Cupra 280 version is powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with just under 280 horsepower. It is essentially the same engine that powers the Golf R , but without the added weight of AWD. Because who cares about torque steer. Needless to say, I want one.

Click past the jump to see the raw, unglamorized video of the run.

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While the North American market is prepping for the upcoming 2014 Detroit Auto Show , in European people are focusing on the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , which is set to open its doors later in March. Seat is one of many automakers heading to Switzerland, and it till bring one of the most powerful Leon’s ever: the new Leon SC Cupra 280.

As you probably have guessed it, the name says it all, as it will be a sports coupe with no less than 280 horsepower — get it, SC 280! This output will come from a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine combined with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Along with this powerful engine, the new Leon SC Cupra 280 will also be equipped with a sport suspension, a limited-slip differential, a set of 19-inch alloy wheels and a high-performance brake system. Seat will also install a sporty aerodynamic package and liven up the interior a little.

On the British market prices for the new Leon SC Cupra 280 will start from £26,940 - or about $44k at the current exchange rates.

Updated 01/08/2014: This review was updated with the official details, images and prices.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Seat Leon SC Cupra 280.

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Seat will expand the Leon lineup with the addition of a new ST version. The model will be unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , and Seat will put it on sale later in 2013.

The third member of the Leon family — next to the Leon and Leon SC — is defined by youthful, dynamic design and sporty characteristics, and in the same time it offers a capacity of 587 liters (20.73 cubic-feet) of cargo room, which is expandable to 1,470 liters (51.9 cubic-feet) with the rear-seat backrests folded.

The new ST version will feature the same design language as its hatchback sibling, except, of course, the rear end that was extended by 27 cm (10.62 inches). Despite its increased dimensions, the new Leon ST is just 45 kg (99 pounds) heavier than its five-door sibling, making it the lightest estate in its class.

The ST version will adopt the fuel-efficient TDI and TSI engine lineup from the hatchback variant and all the technology features.

Click past the jump to read more about the Seat Leon ST.

Just in time for the 2013 Wörthersee event, Seat is coming back with a new version of its Ibiza SC Trophy racecar. It looks familiar, doesn’t it?

Well, that’s because Seat already showed something similar to it last year.

This time, though, the Spanish automaker is giving us a refreshed take of the sports hatch, complete with some new aesthetic modifications and a nice and subtle performance upgrade.

This year, Seat’s work on the Ibiza SC Trophy includes stripping out the interior to fit in some racing equipment, including a full roll cage. The car also gets a modified oil sump, an improved braking system, and a set of 18-inch racing wheels that really add some sportiness and overall awesomeness for the Ibiza SC Trophy.

In addition to the noticeable aesthetic and racing modifications, Seat also gave the Ibiza SC Trophy a 1.4-liter turbocharged TSI engine that now produces 200 horsepower, 10 percent more than what last year’s Wörthersee offering, and mated it to a seven-speed DSG transmission.

It’s quite a treat seeing Seat have some race-spec cars like this, and the best part is, it only costs €31,500 ($41,195).

Click past the jump to read more about the Seat Ibiza

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Today at the Wörthersee show, Seat has unveiled the new Leon Cup Racer - a model specially prepared for racing series worldwide. The Cup Racer is offered in two versions: one with a DSG transmission priced at €70,000 ($92,000) and the endurance version with a sequential transmission and mechanical differential lock priced at €95,000 ($124,500).

The Cup Racer version is based on the standard five-door Leon and feature a metallic matte grey paint combined with orange accents. The model is about 40 cm (15.71 inches) wider than the standard version and sits on 18-inch racing wheels. Seat has also installed an aerodynamic package that improves the car’s stability at high speeds. This kit includes a new front spoiler, a rear diffuser and a two-phase roof spoiler mounted on a support.

For the interior, the company offers a high-strength roll cage, bucket seats with a HANS head-protection system, a multifunction steering wheel and a high-resolution TFT display. Under the hood, the Leon Cup Racer gets a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 330 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Seat Leon.

In the European market, the Seat Ibiza is one of the most successful hatchbacks, so is no wonder why the model is already at its fourth generation. Mhairi Steele has created a very cool infographic for Seat UK that presents the evolution of the Ibiza and combined that with a number of events that occurred during this period.

The first-gen Ibiza was launched onto the market in 1984 and lasted until 1992. The second generation arrived in 1993 and stayed on the market until 2002 and it was equally impressive. The third generation was built between 2002 and 2008, and the current generation followed that up. During its lifetime, the model received numerous updates and many engines have been added to the lineup.

Ibiza was witness a number of unrelated innovations through its lifespan, including the launch of the first personal computer, Tom Hanks winning his second Oscar for the movie “Forest Gump,” the launch of Facebook in 2004, the release of first iPhone, Barack Obama becoming the first black president of the U.S. and much, much more.

We are also pretty sure that the history will continue, at least for another 30 years...

The Seat Mii isn’t necessarily the coolest car on the planet, but any time a car company does something to help out an important cause, we can’t help but notice. The Mii Miinx began its life as a normal old Deep Black Metallic Mii Sport, but in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month, a Seat dealership chose to make it into a one-off show car.

After pulling this Mii Sport and its 75 PS (74-horsepower), 1.0-liter engine off of the showroom floor of Dales Seat in Cornwall, it was wrapped boot to bonnet in a gloss-pink vinyl wrap. To help add a little more of a custom look to this otherwise bone-stock Mii, the folks at Dales Seat tinted the headlights.

This Seat Mii Miinx comes relatively well-equipped, featuring: 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift, tinted rear windows, fog lamps, and a sports suspension.

The base Mii Sport goes for £11,500 ($18,298 at the current exchange rates), but, as you can tell, this is no normal Mii Sport. There are no immediate plans to sell the Mii Miinx, but Dales Seat has received numerous offers via Twitter and telephone. We’re sure the car will eventually be sold off to some lucky buyer for a good bit more than its base price.

In the meantime, Dales Seat will be donating £100 ($159 at current exchange rates) to Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity for every Mii it sells. Even if you can’t pick up the Mii Miinx, you can still snag up a Mii and have a portion of its profits go to a great cause.

Click past the jump to read Seat’s full press release.

After the Ibiza Cupra Concept unveiled earlier this year at the Beijing Auto Show, Seat has finally dropped the production version. The model delivers stunning design, amazing performance and state-of-the-art technology and will be put on sale in January 2013. On the British market the model will be priced at £18,825 or about $30,000 at the current exchange rates.

Seat used the Cupra name for the first time back in 1996 as a special, top-of-the-line Ibiza built to commemorate Seat’s World Rally Championship victory in the 2.0-litre category. Since then the model became a hit and now is being used for both the Ibiza and Leon ranges.

The new Ibiza Cupra is powered by a a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine that delivers a total of 180 HP and 184 lbs-ft of torque. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.9 seconds and can hit a top speed of 142 mph.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Seat Ibiza Cupra.


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