The new SEAT Ibiza ECOMOTIVE has been awarded the "ECOBEST 2008" distinction for the best ecological car of the year. This prize is given every year by the AUTOBEST organisation, and is great news for SEAT in its commitment to preserving the environment by manufacturing vehicles with reduced CO2 emissions.

The Ibiza ECOMOTIVE is the first homologated vehicle to register an emissions figure of only 98 g/km, featuring a five-door body and air-conditioning, two aspects that placed the new SEAT model in front of rivals such as the Ford Fiesta Econetic or the Toyota iQ.

AUTOBEST is the only independent panel centred on markets belonging to emerging nations, of which 15 are member states this year. The most important criteria in the selection process include factors such as vehicle price, service network, spare parts distribution, versatility, design and technology, among others.

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Panel members also pay special attention to the efforts made by the automotive industry, and closely assess investments, new labour opportunities, ecological initiatives and the support given to emerging European regions.

Unveiled at the last Paris Motor Show, the new SEAT Ibiza ECOMOTIVE is the most ecological in its segment. Equipped with the 80 hp 1.4 TDI engine with DPF particulate filter, it provides a CO2 emissions level below 100 g/km and provides an exceptional 3.7 l/100 km fuel consumption figure.