Ever seen a SEAT? Of course we aren’t talking about the kind you sit on, despite our attempt at humor in the title. No, we are talking about the SEAT car company, a brand that is apart of the Volkswagen Audi Group (VAG). SEAT, a Spanish company, handles the niche youth-oriented sports market for VAG and allows the group to have greater reach (but you won’t see them in the States). Just for fun, Skoda is another brand that is Czech in origin and handles the budget market. All that aside, with the opening of the 2010 Paris Motor Show, SEAT has an interesting concept that would look great on roads here in the U.S.
So what is the excitement from SEAT at the 2010 Paris Motor Show? The IBE Concept. If you had to liken the IBE Concept to a current or past car, you might think it looks like a sportier and slightly better sculpted Astra. Basically, it is subcompact hatch configuration that is lower and wider than most of the cars you would find in the same segment. Even cooler, the IBE Concept is an all-electric concept that appears to use a similar drivetrain to the Audi E-Tron concept also debuted at this years show. The biggest difference is the lack of range-extending technology (read a gasoline or other fuel powered engine). Even so, the IBE Concept is estimated to have a range of 80 miles.
SEAT IBE Concept from the 2010 Paris Motor Show
All I know is I would take a seat in this SEAT in an instant…of course I would want to take it home too. Be sure to stay tuned to AllSmallCars.com for more news from the 2010 Paris Motor Show.