SEAT IBIZA RECOGNITION AT CAR OF THE YEAR 2018 AWARDS FOLLOWS WAVE OF CATEGORY WINS

Mar 14, 2018

  • SEAT Ibiza earns hotly-contested second place at Car of the Year 2018
  • Supermini adds runners-up medal to its growing trophy cabinet of award   wins this year at UK COTY and What Car? Awards
  • Combination of distinctive styling, outstanding driving dynamics and practicality earn another accolade
  • Jury of 60 members from across Europe named SEAT Ibiza as one of the two top cars released last year

Wednesday, 14 March, 2018 – The SEAT Ibiza has continued to gain plaudits in 2018 after being named one of the top two cars in the prestigious Car of the Year 2018 awards.

Announced in Geneva, a panel of 60 members representing 23 European countries awarded the Ibiza a coveted silver medal, with the supermini’s combination of distinctive styling and outstanding driving dynamics earning yet another industry accolade.

The prestigious European Car of the Year award, now in its 55th year, celebrates the most outstanding new cars to hit the market over the last year, with the results revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.

Having already added awards to its ever-growing trophy cabinet, including Best Supermini at the UK Car of the Year 2018 Awards and Best Small Car at the What Car? Car of the Year Awards this year, a rare but hard-fought silver medal at the European Car of the Year 2018 awards has further cemented the Ibiza’s place at the top of its category.

With just one prestigious award up for grabs – no categories, sub-divisions or class winners – it remains one of the most fiercely contested awards in the industry, making the Ibiza’s achievement all the more impressive.

Richard Harrison, Managing Director of SEAT UK, commented: “From early on in its development we’ve known the Ibiza had all the ingredients to be a winning car; distinctive Spanish design, excellent driving dynamics and practicality that defies its segment.

“The Ibiza has exceeded even our lofty expectations, winning the hearts and minds of motorists across Europe. As this latest accolade proves, the Ibiza isn’t just a segment-leader, but is an outstanding option compared to any car on sale.”

ENDS

SEAT is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting 81% of its vehicles, and is present in over 80 countries through a network of 1,700 dealerships. In 2016, SEAT obtained an operating profit of 143 million euros, the highest in the history of the brand, and achieved worldwide sales of nearly 410,000 vehicles.

SEAT Group employs more than 14,500 professionals at its three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza, Leon and Arona. Additionally, the company produces the Ateca and the Toledo in the Czech Republic, the Alhambra in Portugal and the Mii in Slovakia.

The multinational has a Technical Centre, which operates as a knowledge hub that brings together 1,000 engineers who are focussed on developing innovation for Spain’s largest industrial investor in R&D. SEAT already features the latest connectivity technology in its vehicle range and is currently engaged in the company’s global digitalisation process to promote the mobility of the future.

Notes to editors

SEAT is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting 81% of its vehicles, and is present in over 80 countries through a network of 1,700 dealerships. In 2016, SEAT obtained an operating profit of 143 million euros, the highest in the history of the brand, and achieved worldwide sales of nearly 410,000 vehicles.

SEAT Group employs more than 14,500 professionals at its three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza, Leon and Arona. Additionally, the company produces the Ateca and the Toledo in the Czech Republic, the Alhambra in Portugal and the Mii in Slovakia.

The multinational has a Technical Centre, which operates as a knowledge hub that brings together 1,000 engineers who are focussed on developing innovation for Spain’s largest industrial investor in R&D. SEAT already features the latest connectivity technology in its vehicle range and is currently engaged in the company’s global digitalisation process to promote the mobility of the future.

For more information, please contact:

Andy McGregor, Head of Press and Public Relations
01908 548 077; 07956042400; andy.mcgregor@seatcars.co.uk

Laura Margott, Media Relations Manager
01908 548 078; laura.margott@seatcars.co.uk

Katie Mardle, Press Fleet Manager
01908 548 364; 07983 537 247; katie.mardle@seatcars.co.uk

www.seatpress.co.uk

This news release and illustration are issued in accordance with Clause 1.2J of the British Codes of Advertising and Sales Promotion and therefore cannot be the subject of a transaction of any kind.

Images Add all images