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If there one thing the Spanish have in abundance, it's style, from Pablo Picasso's Blue Period and Marc Birkigt's incomparable Hispano-Suiza H6B to today's Seat offerings, always with so much more brio than the Volkswagens they're based on.
Which is why, even though they're no longer available in South Africa, we have here the first official pictures of the Seat Toledo concept, so we can see what we'll be missing when the final version goes into production towards the end of the year.
This concept, based on the VW Jetta, has been developed through the IBE, IBX and IBL concept cars - and don't the guys at Wolfsburg wish they could package five seats and a 500-litre boot into just 4.48m this neatly?
TECHNICALLY IT'S A HATCHBACK, NOT A SEDAN
The swooping roof profile hides a deep rear hatch, rather than a bootlid; technically the Toledo is a five-door hatch rather than a sedan.
It's certainly a huge improvement on the previous Toledo, an ill-conceived crossover, based on the Althea MPV, that looked like the illegitimate off-spring of a “shake it” generation Megane and a Lincoln Town Car.
Seat is maintaining a dignified Hispanic silence on the technical details until the concept's official debut at the Geneva motor show next week. When we know, so will you.