The very first generation SEAT Ibiza came out of the Spanish manufacturer’s production plant in Zona Franca back on 27th April 1984. Since that day, the Ibiza has remained SEAT’s most iconic and popular car. Sales have approached five million across its three decade life-span which has seen four generations launched.
For SEAT the first Ibiza was groundbreaking as it was the first car designed and developed completely by the Spanish company from start to finish. SEAT still received a little help, however, from several companies including Porsche in turning the Ibiza into a cutting edge small car.
The name Ibiza, taken from the Mediterranean island, reinforced the exotic image given to it by virtue of its Spanish roots.
SEAT first presented its Ibiza to the public at the 1984 Paris Motor Show and from then on the car has been a big seller in not just Spain but other European countries as well including the UK.
The Ibiza has been the best selling supermini in Spain since 2001 and 69 per cent of five million total models produced have been exported to more than 75 countries worldwide.
Through its three decades in production the SEAT Ibiza has also made an impact in sport as well, particularly rallying. The Ibiza Kit Car for example achieved title success in the FIA 2.0-litre World Rally Championship in both 1997 and 1998. Another intriguing fact is that the SEAT Ibiza was also the official car at the 1992 Olympic Games held in Barcelona.
The current generation SEAT Ibiza has been in production since 2008 and at present is priced here in Britain from £10,195.
SEAT offers its latest generation Ibiza as both a three-door sport coupe (SC) and as a five-door hatchback. Also available is a five-door estate bodystyle called the Ibiza ST. The Ibiza’s engine range includes a 1.2-litre TDI Ecomotive with CO2 emissions from just 92g/km.
Earlier this year the Ibiza FR Edition was revealed with a 138bhp 1.4-litre TSI petrol unit featuring ‘Active Cylinder Technology’ (ACT).
This function allowed the car to shut off two of the unit’s cylinders when the car is travelling at low engine speeds and requires low torque output. By doing this the car is put under less strain and uses less fuel and emits less CO2.
The result is a combined fuel economy figure of 60.1mpg and CO2 emissions recorded at just 109g/km.
To celebrate the Ibiza’s birthday, SEAT has confirmed it will release a 30th Anniversary model based on the current Ibiza which will go on sale this summer. The exact UK pricing and release date for this car will be confirmed in the near future.