SEAT Celebrates 30 Years of the Ibiza

It might not be a name you're familiar with on these shores, but the SEAT Ibiza is a truly important car in the history of the Spanish automotive brand. To celebrate 30 years of Ibiza production, SEAT took examples from each of its four B-segment generations to the Sitges-Terramar racetrack for a little workout. The small city-cars took on the steep inclines and worn asphalt of the banked Spanish circuit, proving that there’s always a bit of sporting pedigree even in the base models.
RELATED: Check out pictures of the SEAT Leon hatchback This lineup included the first Ibiza ever to roll of the production line in 1984, as well as the remarkable Ibiza Bimotor from the mid-‘80s that featured two 1.5-liter engines driving the front and rear wheels separately, and the 1997 Ibiza II Evo 2 rally car. SEAT built the first generation Ibiza hatchback with styling penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro and drivetrain mechanicals sourced from Porsche. In 1986, Volkswagen became the majority shareholder in the company, and each of the following generations have shared platforms with the popular Volkswagen Polo. RELATED: Check out the hotter-than-hot SEAT Leon Cupra 280