|Also called||SEAT Gredos|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Small family car|
|Body style||4-door saloon (sedan)|
SEAT Ibiza Mk1
1.7L I4 Diesel
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It can be considered a saloon variant of the SEAT Ibiza, although the underpinnings of the Málaga and the Ibiza Mk1, were both based upon those of the SEAT Ronda, a restyled version of the SEAT Ritmo which in its turn was a rebadged version of the Fiat Ritmo. In this sense the Málaga most closely resembled the Fiat Regata, Fiat's own saloon version of the Fiat Ritmo hatchback. However the SEAT Málaga and the Fiat Regata were developed separately, as the two manufacturers had already ended their partnership by the time of the launch of their two saloon models.
The SEAT Málaga production ended in 1992 well after the Volkswagen Group took over SEAT, to be replaced from its successor, the SEAT Córdoba, which was launched at the end of 1993. The Málaga sold relatively well in Spain, but did poorly in export markets, despite sharing the same System Porsche powertrain with the SEAT Ibiza.
In the UK, Daily Telegraph journalist Neil Lyndon ran a Málaga as a long term test car for 12 months. He praised its versatility and actually drove it to Málaga and back, dubbing it the "spiritual successor to the SEAT Ritmo".
The Málaga was marketed in Greece as the SEAT Gredos, after the Spanish mountain range Sierra de Gredos, because the word Málaga was considered very similar to a ubiquitous Greek swear word, i.e. Malakas
As of March 2014, there is only one Málaga registered in the United Kingdom, it being of "XL" trim.
734 Málagas were registered in 2001, but took a sharp downturn in 2004, it going down to 136.
However, this could be argued that the sales were slow in Britain, never achieving the sales of rivals, such as the Ford Orion and Vauxhall Belmont, as well as its then–new parent group's car, the Volkswagen Jetta.
- SEAT.com official corporate website
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