SEAT Málaga

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SEAT Málaga
SEATMalagafront.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer SEAT
Also called SEAT Gredos (Greece)
Production 1985–1991
Assembly Spain
Designer Giorgetto Giugiaro
Body and chassis
Class Small family car (C)
Body style 4-door saloon (sedan)
Related SEAT Ritmo
SEAT Ronda
SEAT Ibiza Mk1
Fiat Ritmo
Fiat Regata
Powertrain
Engine 1.2L I4
1.5L I4
1.7L I4 Diesel
Chronology
Successor SEAT Córdoba
SEAT Toledo

The SEAT Málaga (codenamed 023A) is a four door saloon produced by the Spanish automaker SEAT from 1985 to 1991, named after the city of Málaga in Andalucía, southern Spain.

It can be considered a saloon variant of the SEAT Ibiza, although the underpinnings of the Málaga and the Ibiza Mark 1, 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.

1985 SEAT Málaga (side profile)

Production ended in May 1991, well after the Volkswagen Group took over SEAT, to be replaced by SEAT Toledo, which was the first Volkswagen-developed SEAT car. An Ibiza-based saloon, the SEAT Cordoba was launched in late 1993.

The Málaga sold relatively well in Spain, but was less popular in export markets, despite sharing the same System Porsche powertrain with the SEAT Ibiza.

1986 SEAT Málaga GLX

The Málaga was marketed in Greece as the SEAT Gredos,[1] after the Spanish mountain range Sierra de Gredos, because the word Málaga was considered too similar to malakas, a ubiquitous Greek swear word.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ SEAT Gredos, Greek TV commercial, 1987
  2. ^ The Making of a Name: The Inside Story of the Brands We Buy, Steve Rivkin, Fraser Sutherland, Oxford University Press, USA, 2004, page 156

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