SEAT Arosa

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SEAT Arosa
2003 SEAT Arosa S facelift 1.0.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer SEAT
Also called Volkswagen Lupo
Production 1997–2004[1]
Body and chassis
Class City car (A)
Body style 3-door hatchback
Platform Volkswagen Group A00
Related Volkswagen Lupo
Powertrain
Engine 1.0 L I4
1.4 L I4
1.4 L I4 16 valve
1.2 L I3 TDI
1.4 L I3 TDI
1.7 L I4 SDI
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,323 mm (91.5 in)
Length 3,551 mm (139.8 in)
Width 1,639 mm (64.5 in)
Height 1,460 mm (57 in)
Chronology
Predecessor SEAT Marbella
Successor SEAT Mii

The SEAT Arosa (Typ 6H) is a city car that was manufactured by the Spanish automaker SEAT, from 1997 to 2004. The model débuted in March 1997, at the Geneva Motor Show, while its facelifted version was presented in October 2000, at the Paris Motor Show. It shared the same platform with the Volkswagen Lupo.

The successor, SEAT Mii, was launched in 21 October 2011, and has been on sale since 16 January 2012.

Pre facelift (1997–2000)[edit]

Named after Vilagarcía de Arousa, a municipality in the province of Pontevedra, Spain, it was only available as a three door, four seater hatchback.

The Arosa, launched in 1998, was to a large extent identical to Volkswagen's own city car which was introduced later in 1998, Volkswagen Lupo, and both cars were based on the Volkswagen Group A00 platform, a shortened version of the A03 platform used by the larger Volkswagen Polo and SEAT Ibiza.

The Arosa was initially manufactured at a Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, and only in May 1998 was the production moved to SEAT facilities in Martorell, Spain. The Arosa was designed by the same man who designed the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Jozef Kabaň.

Production lasted from February 1997 to August 2000.

Facelift (2000–2004)[edit]

The model later received a facelift in October 2000. The Arosa replaced the SEAT Marbella in the Spanish brand's lineup, but itself was not replaced by any SEAT, when production ceased in June 2004. A successor eventually arrived in January 2012, with the Mii. Apart from its exterior restyling, the facelift model featured a restyled interior, with a new dashboard.

Production lasted from September 2000 to June 2004.


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Engines[edit]

The Arosa was available with the following units:[2]

Petrol engines

  • 1.0 L (999 cc) I4, 8v OHC, 37 kW (50 PS), 86 N·m (63.4 ft·lbf)
  • 1.4 L (1390 cc) I4, 8v OHC, 44 kW (60 PS), 116 N·m (85.6 ft·lbf)
  • 1.4 L (1390 cc) I4, 16v DOHC, 74 kW (101 PS), 128 N·m (94.4 ft·lbf)

Diesel engines

  • 1.2 L (1191 cc) TDI I3, 6v OHC, 45 kW (61 PS), 140 N·m (103.2 ft·lbf)
  • 1.4 L (1422 cc) TDI I3, 6v OHC, 55 kW (75 PS), 195 N·m (143.8 ft·lbf)
  • 1.7 L (1716 cc) SDI I4, 8v OHC, 44 kW (60 PS), 115 N·m (84.8 ft·lbf)

All engines came with a five speed manual transmission, with a four speed automatic optional on the 1.4 (44 kW).

Concept models[edit]

The 'SEAT Arosa Racer' concept car

At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2001, SEAT presented two SEAT Arosa based concept cars:

  • the 'SEAT Arosa Racer'
  • the 'SEAT Arosa City Cruiser'

Sales and production figures[edit]

Since its launch in 1997 up to 2004, more than 175,000 SEAT Arosa cars have been sold and produced.

The total production per year of SEAT Arosa cars, manufactured in SEAT and other Volkswagen group plants, is shown in the following table :

model 1997 1998
[3]
1999
[3]
2000
[4]
2001
[5]
2002
[6]
2003
[7]
2004
[8]
SEAT Arosa ??? 38,338 46,410 28,403 22,980 19,627 13,814 9,368

Awards[edit]

  • Golden Steering Wheel 1997 [9]
  • Utilitário do Ano Award 1998, in Portugal [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SEAT Arosa (1997 - 2005)". RAC. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Global Autoindex". Retrieved 2007-02-17.  (also the source for technical data in the infobox)[dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Volkswagen AG Annual Report 1999" (PDF). Volkswagen AG. 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  4. ^ Volkswagen AG Annual Report 2000 http://www.volkswagenag.com/vwag/vwcorp/info_center/en/publications/2001/03/Annual_Report_2000.-bin.acq/qual-BinaryStorageItem.Single.File/VW_GB_2000_e.pdf
  5. ^ Volkswagen AG Annual Report 2001 http://www.volkswagenag.com/vwag/vwcorp/info_center/en/publications/2002/03/annual_report_2001.-bin.acq/qual-BinaryStorageItem.Single.File/20020312_GB_2001_e.pdf
  6. ^ Volkswagen AG Annual Report 2002 http://www.volkswagenag.com/vwag/vwcorp/info_center/en/publications/2003/03/annual_report_2002.-bin.acq/qual-BinaryStorageItem.Single.File/vw_gb_2002_en.pdf
  7. ^ Volkswagen AG Annual Report 2003 http://www.volkswagenag.com/vwag/vwcorp/info_center/en/publications/2004/03/annual_report_2003.-bin.acq/qual-BinaryStorageItem.Single.File/20040309_gb2003_e.pdf
  8. ^ Volkswagen AG Annual Report 2004 http://www.volkswagenag.com/vwag/vwcorp/info_center/en/publications/2005/03/annual_report_2004.-bin.acq/qual-BinaryStorageItem.Single.File/Gbericht_2004_en.pdf
  9. ^ "The new SEAT Ibiza wins the Golden Steering Wheel prize in Germany". Media.seat.com. Archived from the original on 2010-05-29. Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  10. ^ Palmares SEAT http://www.seat.pt/pt/generator/su/pt/SEAT/site/campanhas/DesportivoDoAno/main,lang=pt.html

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