Seat plans new cars for 2012

The Spanish manufacturer recently introduced a new concept car, the Seat IBX SUV crossover, at the Geneva Motor Show in March but a production version may not make it to production, according to the car website.

Instead, Seat plans to introduce a new Seat Leon, a new Seat Ibiza and two completely new models to bolster the brand’s offering in Europe.

AutoCar reports one of these models is a four-door saloon and this would fit in with Seat’s recent push to improve fleet and company car sales in the UK.

The manufacturer has seen fleet sales rise thanks to more efficient models such as the Seat Leon E Ecomotive, which brings down the amount of company car tax payable.

The brand now hopes to increase sales by as much as ten per cent in the UK in 2011.

Seat is known for its sporty, stylish models and is often referred to as the ‘Spanish Alfa Romeo’. However, the brand has also excelled in more frugal and environmentally friendly cars in recent years.

2010 saw the launch of the Ecomotive badge, signifying those cars in the Seat range which offer particularly high fuel economy and low CO2 emissions.

This was extended to E Ecomotive models late last year. E Ecomotive Seat cars are those which offer the lowest CO2 emissions in each range. For example, the Seat Ibiza E Ecomotive offers CO2 emissions of 92g/km and as such qualifies for zero road tax and is exempt from the London congestion charge in the UK.

The Volkswagen-owned brand currently uses platforms and engines from the German company’s extremely popular Volkswagen and Audi cars, boosting the reliability and quality of the Seat models.

The newest car to the Seat range, the practical seven-seat Seat Alhambra, is currently available to buy from UK showrooms.