The SEAT Inca (Typ 9K) was a van and panel van produced by the Spanish manufacturer SEAT between 1996 and 2004. It was designed and assembled in Spain, based on the SEAT Ibiza Mark 2. It was first shown at the Barcelona Motor Show of 1995.

SEAT Inca
MHV Seat Inca 01.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerSEAT
Also calledVolkswagen Caddy
Production1996–2004
AssemblyMartorell, Spain
Pacheco, Argentina
Poznań, Poland[1]
Body and chassis
ClassVan/panel van
Body style3-door van/panel van
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformVolkswagen Group A03
RelatedSEAT Ibiza Mk2
SEAT Córdoba Mk1
Volkswagen Polo Mk3
Volkswagen Polo Playa
Volkswagen Polo Classic
Powertrain
Engine1.4 L I4
1.6 L I4
1.9 L I4 D
1.9 L I4 SDI
1.9 L I4 TDI
Dimensions
Length4,207 mm (165.6 in)
Width1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height1,846 mm (72.7 in)
Chronology
PredecessorSEAT Terra
SuccessorŠkoda Roomster (indirect)

DesignEdit

The SEAT Inca had two rear wing doors which, because they were non symmetrical, were supposed to facilitate loading and unloading. Capable of carrying a payload of 550 kg (1,213 lb) [2] and towing a 1,000 kg (2,205 lb)[2] braked trailer the Inca proved to be a strong work horse in many markets. The Inca was awarded the Comercial do Ano ("Commercial vehicle of the Year") award in Portugal in 1997.[3]

PerformanceEdit

The Inca came with 1.4 60 PS (44 kW) and 1.6 75 PS (55 kW) petrol engines, and was also available with the tried and tested 64 PS (47 kW) 1.9-liter (1896cc) indirect injection diesel engine from the Volkswagen Golf and Volkswagen Polo, or a 90 PS (66 kW) Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) diesel in certain countries.[2]

A 64 PS (47 kW) 1.9-liter Suction Diesel Injection (SDI) direct injection diesel with electronic control and improved economy over the indirect injection engine was also available from 1999 onwards.

Petrol Engine[2] Top Speed Acceleration 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph), s
1.4, 44 kW (60 PS; 59 bhp) 142 km/h (88 mph) 18.8
1.6, 55 kW (75 PS; 74 bhp) 155 km/h (96 mph) 15.2
Diesel Engine[2] Top Speed Acceleration 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph), s
1.9 indirect injection D, 47 kW (64 PS; 63 bhp) 144 km/h (89 mph) 20.6
1.9 direct injection SDi, 47 kW (64 PS; 63 bhp) 144 km/h (89 mph) 20.1
1.9 turbo charged Direct Injection TDI, 66 kW (90 PS; 89 bhp) 165 km/h (103 mph) 14.0

SalesEdit

From its launch in 1997 until end of production in 2004, more than 115,000 SEAT Inca cars were produced and sold. The annual production of SEAT Inca delivery/panel van (without side windows) and Kombi (with side windows and removable seats that could be used for cargo or passengers) manufactured at SEAT Martorell are shown below. SEAT facilities only; corrected 7/11/2018 from cited Volkswagen and SEAT annual reports of 1997 :

Model 1997 1998 [4] 1999 [4] 2000 [5] 2001 [6] 2002 [7] 2003[8] 2004
SEAT Inca 16,905 18,103 15,207 14,763 11,802 7,982 4,206
SEAT Inca Kombi 7,708 8,573 5,534 5,316 3,879 2,150 743
Total annual production 25,484 24,613 26,676 20,741 20,079 15,681 10,132 4,949

RebadgesEdit

 
Volkswagen Caddy (Typ 9K)
 
Volkswagen Caddy (Typ 9K) Rear

The SEAT Inca was rebadged by SEAT's parent company Volkswagen and sold under the name Volkswagen Caddy (Typ 9K). Its badge-engineered Volkswagen stablemate was identical in every respect apart from some (easily interchangeable) branding logos, and the front grille.

In the beginning of the 2000s, the Volkswagen Group had decided to shift the marketing focus of the SEAT brand to target the younger driver with an emphasis on more sporty models. Despite this move, the Caddy and the Inca continued to be produced at the same manufacturing facilities, until the Inca was discontinued in June 2004.

The Inca name was then dropped from the line up of SEAT, but the Caddy was replaced with a new variant based on the platform of the Volkswagen Golf V.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: BREAKING NEWS! – VW plans to make new van only in Poland". 14 March 2001.
  2. ^ a b c d e SEAT Inca owners manual
  3. ^ Palmares SEAT http://www.seat.pt/pt/generator/su/pt/SEAT/site/campanhas/DesportivoDoAno/main,lang=pt.html
  4. ^ a b "Volkswagen AG Annual Report 1999" (PDF). Volkswagen AG. 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  5. ^ Volkswagen AG Annual Report 2000
  6. ^ Volkswagen AG Annual Report 2001
  7. ^ Volkswagen AG Annual Report 2002
  8. ^ Volkswagen AG Annual Report 2003

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