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Motor Show: Frankfurt 2007: Seat Tribu

11 Sep 07

The Tribu is the work of ex-Audi, ex-Lamborghini designer Luc Donckerwolke. It's based on the VW Tiguan, but has just two doors and is smaller overall. If this concept proves a hit, a production version could be created in double-quick time and be on sale by 2009.

The Tribu previews Seat's latest design direction, so expect elements to reappear in the new Ibiza, set to be at next spring's Geneva Motor Show, as well as in a new family car due in 2009 and other future products.

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It has a radically different outline, a new grille mesh design with elongated hexagons, and trapezoidal headlamps, grille and air vents. The Tribu also has a full-length glass roof, 20" alloys featuring trapezoidal shapes, and tail lights that are invisible behind the car's rear glass until they are illuminated.

Inside it has a pair of front bucket seats with integrated seatbelts, and two individual rear seats separated by a console unit. The Tribu's suspension settings, throttle responses and gearshift speed can be switched between three different speeds.

Though the Tribu's not quite ready to hit the road, Seat's other main story in Frankfurt is good to go. The Ibiza Ecomotive is the Spanish equivalent to the VW Polo BlueMotion and Skoda Fabia Greenline, with the lowest emissions yet. Its carbon dioxide output of 99g/km qualifies it for the tax-free band A and exemption from the London congestion charge in its proposed new form.

The Ecomotive returns 74.3mpg from its 1.4-litre diesel four, thanks to recalibrated engine management, lengthened gear ratios, lower rolling-resistance tyres and improved aerodynamics. A particulate filter is also fitted. No prices have been announced yet, but Seat is promising it will be competitive.

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