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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.

SEAT Málaga
SEATMalagafront.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerSEAT
Also calledSEAT Gredos (Greece)
Production1985–1991
AssemblySpain
DesignerGiorgetto Giugiaro at Italdesign
Body and chassis
ClassSmall family car (C)
Body style4-door saloon (sedan)
RelatedSEAT Ritmo
SEAT Ronda
SEAT Ibiza Mk1
Fiat Ritmo
Fiat Regata
Powertrain
Engine1.2L I4
1.5L I4
1.7L I4 Diesel
Chronology
SuccessorSEAT Córdoba
SEAT Toledo

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 hatchback Fiat Ritmo. 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 car from SEAT. An saloon based on the Ibiza, the SEAT Cordoba, was launched in end of 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]

Sales and production figuresEdit

The total production per year of SEAT Málaga cars is shown in the following table:

Model 1986[3] 1987[4] 1988[5] 1989[5] 1990[6] 1991[7]
Total annual production 41,292 37,653 39,269 36,882 33,098 8,735

ReferencesEdit

  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
  3. ^ "Volkswagen AG Annual Report 1986" (PDF). Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Volkswagen AG Annual Report 1987" (PDF). Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Volkswagen AG Annual Report 1989" (PDF). Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Volkswagan AG Annual Report 1990" (PDF). Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Volkswagan AG Annual Report 1991" (PDF). Retrieved 6 July 2019.

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