6 October 2009

Seat Ibiza (2008 - 2017)

Seat Ibiza Ecomotive sets new economy record

6 October 2009 - The super-frugal Seat Ibiza Ecomotive has proved its green credentials by clocking up astonishing average fuel economy of more than 120 miles to the gallon on a mammoth 1,186-mile tour of 12 European countries. Austrian economy driving specialist Gerhard Plattner set the new record of 120.4 mpg at the wheel of the fuel-sipping Spanish supermini. His latest feat follows a debut drive back in April when Herr Plattner notched up an average of 97.4 mpg on a drive from the Seat S.A. company HQ at Martorell near Barcelona in Spain to Göttingen in Germany.

This time Herr Plattner set out from Cieszyn in Poland after the IPMC (International Police Motor Corporation) sealed both the Seat's bonnet and its fuel filler. Then, with around 45 litres of fuel at his disposal, the Austrian economy ace embarked on his ambitious tour of 12 European states.

Seat Ibiza (2008 - 2017)

Herr Plattner drove through the cities of Mosty (Czech Republic), Bratislava (Slovakia), Hegyeshalom (Hungary), Graz (Austria), Varazdin (Croatia), Maribor (Slovenia), Toblach (Italy), Innsbruck (Austria), Schaan (Principality of Liechtenstein), Zurich (Switzerland) and Saint-Louis (France) to finish off in Frankfurt (Germany).

When he switched off the Ibiza Ecomotive's engine for the last time, the seal on the fuel tank was still intact and the Seat's new economy record for its segment was certified.

Optimised aerodynamics, weight reduction and modifications to the 80 PS 1.4 TDI engine's electronic management have delivered one of the cleanest cars on the market today. The Ibiza Ecomotive is available in both SC and 5dr body styles and costs from £12,355 RRP. Official stats show it is capable of 94.2 mpg on the extra urban cycle, or 76.3 mpg on the combined cycle, while CO2 emissions are put at just 98 g/km – meaning the Seat is both exempt from Road Tax in the UK.