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Seat celebrates 25 years in Britain. See the picture highlights
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2 September 2010

Seat is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the company’s introduction to the UK.

In September 1985, a handful of dealers across the country introduced British motorists to the Mk I Seat Ibiza.

See the pics of Seat’s highlights over the last 25 years

By the end of 1986, its first full year of operation in the UK, 5922 new Seats had been sold.

That same year, Volkswagen grabbed a 51 per cent stake in Seat and the takeover was completed in 1990.

Seat recorded its peak in UK sales in 2007 when 34,790 cars found their way onto British driveways.

See the pics of SEAT’s highlights over the last 25 yearsSee all the latest Seat reviews, news and video

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Dan McNeil v2 5 September 2010

Re: Seat celebrate 25 years - pics

Another traveller wrote:
I can tell you that Porsche definitely had nothing to do with the suspension set-up: the Ibiza had a rear transversal leaf spring!
I believe it was the gearbox and part of the drivetrain. Love the crisp looks of the mk 1 Ibiza. Reminiscent in parts of the Maserati BiTurbo (did Guigiario have a hand in the styling of that as well?).

roverfan1984 5 September 2010

Re: Seat celebrate 25 years - pics

Another traveller wrote:
If you liked the Mk1 Ibiza, perhaps you can buy one still. Well, not an Ibiza, but a Nanjing Yuejin Soyat, any way :)

Is there any european car that doesnt end up recycled in China?? I can think of the Citroen ZX, Seat Toledo mk1, Rover 75, Austin Maestro, Morris Ital, Daihatsu Charade, to name but a few!!!

Another traveller 5 September 2010

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GazzyP wrote:
I'm sure there is a FIAT Uno lurking under than Ibiza body!

Not a Fiat Uno, no. The Ibiza Mk1 was based on the Ronda, which was itself a restyling of the Fiat Ritmo. Seat used to produce its own version of the Ritmo (seen here, in the old police colours), but when they cut ties with FIAT they were forced to re-style, to set it apart from the original. After some arbitration, it was considered "different enough" from the Ritmo.

I can tell you that Porsche definitely had nothing to do with the suspension set-up: the Ibiza had a rear transversal leaf spring!

If you liked the Mk1 Ibiza, perhaps you can buy one still. Well, not an Ibiza, but a Nanjing Yuejin Soyat, any way :)

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