The Spanish may have a wild side, but they also know how to take care of the environment, it would seem. SEAT for instance, is talking about the lowest emissions in its class for its new León ECOMOTIVE, a term used to describe those Spaniards with a green heart.
León, the poster boy of the SEAT range, is now fitted with a 1.9 TDI engine with a DPF particulate filter that makes it possible for the car to return 119 g/km in CO2 emissions. This thing sounds so clean that it may as well be running on Swiss bottled water.
Tax benefits are therefore immense in many Euro countries, and in places like Spain itself, such punitives are non-existent for buyers of this version of Leon. Yes, no registration tax if you live in Spain and you buy this car!
Now that everyone has rushed off to their nearest SEAT dealer, we can continue exploring this technology a bit further. The 1.9 TDI engine with its DPF filter, uses a clever control unit to constantly check the state of the filter, and should it find things out of order, it will activate regeneration to burn the stubborn soot, thus eliminating the need to change the particulate filter during the car’s lifetime. More buyers at the SEAT dealer.
Added to this 250Nm engine is a claimed range of 1,500km, long enough to travel from Johannesburg to Cape Town, South Africa, without stopping along a small town garage for fuel. Its 105 bhp/ 78kW ensures good top end speed as well.