SEAT Málaga

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SEAT Málaga
SEATMalagafront.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer SEAT
Also called SEAT Gredos
Production 1985–1992
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


The SEAT Málaga (codenamed 023A) is a four-door saloon produced by the Spanish automaker SEAT from 1985 to 1992, 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 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.

1985 SEAT Málaga side profile

Production ended in 1992, well after the Volkswagen Group took over SEAT, to be replaced by 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.

1986 SEAT Málaga GLX

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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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