Con­nect 4

SEAT FLAG­SHIPS

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68 years of pro­fes­sional badge en­gi­neer­ing has squeezed out four top-drawer Span­ish cars

The new one

Tar­raco (2018)

Named via pub­lic vote (after the an­cient name of Tar­rag­ona), this seven-seater is Seat’s an­swer to the Skoda Kodiaq and VW Tiguan Allspace. All-wheel drive and DSG are op­tional, and a

warm plug-in-hy­brid FR ver­sion is com­ing.

The mostly-Audi one

Exeo (2008 2013)

Find­ing it­self lack­ing a sa­loon, Seat nicked the tool­ing for the 2004’2009 A4 from In­gol­stadt and had it shipped to Mar­torell for a cheap win. Seat claimed it changed around 30 per cent

of the parts; no­body be­lieved it.

The mostly-Fiat one

132 (1973 1982)

Ba­si­cally a Fiat 132 but with a di†er­ent badge and a Seat-made en­gine. More than 100,000 were built in Barcelona, with a Mercedes-pow­ered diesel en­gine avail­able to­wards the end, shortly be­fore the VW Group as­sumed com­plete con­trol.

The irst one

1400 (1953 1963)

The orig­i­nal Seat used old Fiat parts de­signs, but man­u­fac­tured in Spain rather than shipped from Italy. Cutesy styling of the 1400 A (pic­tured) evolved into a dinky Amer­i­can

Dream-es­que boule­vard cruiser de­signed by Pin­in­fa­rina.

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