W hen car manufacturers will always bring a new model onto the market very carefully worked on the naming. It should sound good and come off the tongue easily. It should fit the car and its concept and it has to work in all languages. Some car manufacturers stick to strict nomenclatures made up of numbers or number-letter combinations. Others rely on imaginary names and artifacts.
The Spanish car manufacturer Seat has been naming its models after Spanish places, regions or islands for almost four decades. The new performance subsidiary brand Cupra also works according to this principle. Some of the places of origin, such as Ibiza or Marbella, can easily be located on the map. With Altea or the Ronda, it is more difficult to assign. Let's just go through the Seat models alphabetically.
The family van is named after one of the most visited tourist attractions in Europe, the city castle of the Andalusian city of Granada. The Alhambra is a monumental building from the Middle Ages in the Moorish style and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984.
The compact van Altea owes its name to a small coastal town on the Costa Blanca, for example 50 kilometers northeast of Alicante.
Tenerife provides the name for the compact SUV Arona. Together with the neighboring municipality of Adeje, Arona manages the tourist centers on the southwest coast of the Canary Island with its tourist strongholds Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos.
The Spanish microcar Arosa does not take its name for example from the Swiss holiday paradise in Graubünden, but from Vilagarcía de Arousa in Galicia. In the Spanish spelling, the city and municipality in northwest Spain is called Villagarcía deArosa.
Seat Ateca /Cupra Ateca
The SUV is named after the town of Ateca in the province of Saragossa in the autonomous community of Aragon.
Even if the German football fan heart connects Cordoba with the 3-2 defeat against Austria in 1978 in Argentina, the compact sedan has nothing to do with it. The seat is named after the city of Cordoba, capital of the province of the same name in southern Spain and the third largest city in Andalusia.
The upcoming fully electric compact model was after creative trendy district of the Catalan metropolis of Barcelona.
At the end of 2020, the Spaniards will bring a SUV-Coupé . Here the northern peninsula of Mallorca was ready to be named. Cap Formentor is the northernmost point of the Balearic Island.
Ibiza doesn't really need an explanation. Of course, the small car gets its name from the Balearic island of Ibiza of the same name. By the way: The Catalan and also official name of the island is not Ibiza but Eivissa.
The van based on the Ibiza was produced from 1995 to 2003. This model is named after the municipality of Inca on Mallorca. It is quite central and around 30 kilometers northeast of Palma.
The Spanish golf brother is named after the northern Spanish city of León. It is the capital of the province of the same name and was the capital of the Kingdom of León, an important precursor to the Spanish state.
The four-door notchback sedan was the predecessor of the Toledo. The model owes its name to the second largest city in Andalusia, which is also the capital of the province of Málaga of the same name.
The name of the Spanish Fiat Panda twin is located in the city on the Costa del Sol. Marbella is located in the south of the province of Málaga and belongs to the autonomous community of Andalusia.
The Ronda was launched in 1982 as the successor to the Ritmo. It was the brand's first model to be named after a Spanish city, island or region. Ronda is a small town in the Andalusian province of Málaga. At the same time, the municipality of Ronda is one of the largest localities among the 'white villages' of Andalusia, known for their whitewashed houses and narrow, winding streets.
A first when naming it, there was also Tarraco for the large SUV. Public voting was allowed for the first time. Sure, there was a choice of names according to the usual derivation. Tarraco is the ancient name of today's city of Tarragona in the Spanish region of Catalonia.
The fully electric SUV coupé is still to come. It already has a name. It comes from a place in the Pyrenees. The village of Tascavan is located in the province of Lleida in Catalonia about eight kilometers from the French and 16 kilometers from the Andorran border.
The notchback sedan in Polo format owes its name the city of the same name in central Spain. It is located around 65 kilometers southwest of the capital Madrid in the autonomous region of Castile-La Mancha and is also the capital of the province of Toledo.