SEAT celebrates production of the 5 millionth Ibiza

Article by Andrew Christian, on October 4, 2014

SEAT has produced its 5 millionth Ibiza at the time it is celebrating the model’s 30th anniversary. The carmaker’s Martorell site in Barcelona, Spain that builds the model saw it workers celebrate the production of the 5 millionth Ibiza, along with Jürgen Stackmann (SEAT Executive Committee Chairman), Andreas Tostmann (Vice-President for Production), Stefan Loth (Head of Martorell Production Plant), Mercedes Álvarez, and Matías Carnero (SEAT Ibiza Product Management and Works Committee Chairman).

SEAT will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Ibiza at the Paris Motor Show, where it unveiled the first-ever Ibiza three decades ago. During the event, SEAT will also unveil the Leon X-PERIENCE compact car.

The SEAT Ibiza has been the best-selling and most-exported Spanish passenger car, with around 70 percent of total output sold outside Spain to over 75 countries like Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Portugal and Mexico.

According to Esther García Castellanos, member of the SEAT Ibiza production team for over decade, the carmaker has a part of her life, noting that his father worked at SEAT’s Zona Franca plant. She added that SEAT has given me the opportunity to “get ahead in [her] career.” [source: SEAT]

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SEAT reaches its Ibiza number 5 million

SEAT’s Martorell production plant is celebrating – the facility’s Line 1 has produced its Ibiza number five million. And the Spanish brand’s most iconic model has reached this milestone on the occasion of its 30th anniversary.

Employees on the line of the best-selling car, together with SEAT Executive Committee Chairman Jürgen Stackmann, Vice-President for Production Dr. Andreas Tostmann, Head of Martorell Production Plant Stefan Loth, Mercedes Álvarez, SEAT Ibiza Product Management and Works Committee Chairman Matías Carnero, have today celebrated the making of the Ibiza number 5 million.

This week the Spanish company is going to the Paris Motor Show to present the Leon X-PERIENCE, the brand’s most adventurous version of its compact car, as well as to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its most iconic model, together with the whole automotive industry. Paris was the city that showcased the SEAT Ibiza’s first appearance three decades ago, the city that showed the world the first 100%-SEAT car.

Now, 30 years later, the SEAT Ibiza has become the best-selling and most-exported Spanish passenger car. Seventy per cent of those 5 million units (about 3.5 million) have been sold outside the borders of Spain in the more than 75 countries where the company has a presence. Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Portugal and Mexico have proved to be the most important markets for the best-selling car throughout its history.

Esther García Castellanos, a member of the SEAT Ibiza production team for more than a decade, highlights the fact that “SEAT has always been part of my life. My father was an employee at the SEAT plant in the Zona Franca, and this is the company that has given me the opportunity to get ahead in my career, always on the Ibiza production line. For me, reaching the figure of 5 million cars produced is the result of the passion we put in every day, the motivation of the personnel and proof positive of a job well done”.

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