The 500,000th car that Volkswagen Group UK has sold this year is a SEAT Ibiza, as handed over by Bristol Street Motors SEAT Birmingham to a local, Nathan Thomas-Robinson. An owner of an older Ibiza, Thomas-Robinson opted for a SEAT Ibiza SC FR 1.2 TSI 105 PS in Phantom Black. Days earlier, his girlfriend acquired a SEAT Ibiza SE wrapped in white finish.
Present at the handover ceremony of the 500,000th car were Peter Jones, Vertu’s Non-Executive Chairman and Stuart Smith, the site’s General Manager. Thomas-Robinson’s his girlfriend, meanwhile, was handed over a bouquet of flowers for his girlfriend and a bottle of Spanish cava.
Thomas-Robinson remarked that when he tested drove a five-door version with the same engine, he felt “a real pull.” He added that the Ibiza is “great inside and out, with a real feel of quality.”
Ibiza has posted a 19-percent jump in overall sales so far this year, as well as a 24-percent surge in retail volume – making it the fastest-growing brand of the Volkswagen Group.
This year, SEAT marked 30 years of the Ibiza by launching the SEAT Ibiza 30th Anniversary Limited Edition. The SEAT Ibiza 30th Anniversary Limited Edition is the carmaker’s tribute to its most popular and best-selling model, which was first unveiled at the 1984 Paris Motor Show.
The SEAT Ibiza 30th Anniversary Limited Edition could be availed in Style trim on the three-door SC body. It is defined by an exterior wrapped in Balea Beige Paint -- Technic Grey and Emocion Red are also available -- black front grille flanked by front xenon headlights, 17-inch black alloy wheels, black wing mirror housings as well as rear LED clusters.
In addition, the SEAT Ibiza 30th Anniversary Limited Edition features an exclusive commemorative logo located on the B pillar and on the rear windscreen.
Inside, the SEAT Ibiza 30th Anniversary Limited Edition comes with Alcantara upholstery with beige stitching, leather steering wheel and gearknob as well as hand brake with beige stitching. Moreover, it comes with the SEAT Portable System as well as customized key cover and floor mats.
SEAT launched the Ibiza in 2008, with focus on stability, comfort and safety. As launched, the SEAT Ibiza is a five-door model with plenty of space and a luggage capacity of 292 liters. Then the Ibiza SC sports coupe with three doors arrived. With impressive dimensions of 4,043 mm in length and 1,428 mm in height, the three-door model offers 284 liters of luggage space.